I was born in 1972 in County Durham in North East England. At just a few weeks old my family and I moved to far off Zambia, where we remained for nearly three years before returning to the UK. We then settled near the picturesque border of the North Yorkshire Moors near the small coastal town of Staithes.
After leaving college I worked in a number of roles in administration and management and now work as a civil servant with a government department, although writing is my true passion.
I have always had a keen interest in many periods of military history, from the ancient Romans and Greeks to the modern conflicts of the Twentieth Century. I began writing my first book, Barbarossa to Berlin, when I was in my early twenties as a purely personal project. Over the years the project developed into a two volume history, which I was lucky enough to have published by Spellmount Publishing. Following the publishing of Barbarossa to Berlin Volumes One and Two in 2003 and 2004 respectively, I went on to publish a chronology of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars entitled The Empire of the French in 2006 and two volumes of a history of the Romans, The Rise of Romans (2008) and The Later Roman Republic (2008). The Battle of Königsberg marks a departure from my previously chronological style of writing to that of a narrative history. It is also my first self published book, being available through Kindle and other e-book readers and also as a paperback.
I am married and now live in County Durham, UK, with my wife Jane and our three children.