Having belatedly discovered the indie publishing revolution in January 2011, he successfully took up the self-imposed challenge to independently publish 11 titles before 11 November 2011. Eleven books in nine months! He was well aware of the same phenomenon taking place in the world of feature film and has been writing about it in his blog for several years, but he’d very clearly taken his eye off publishing because no one wanted to publish his novels, which is why he thought film would be easier. Oh well.
He now publishes prolifically across a range of genres, the most popular being his Touchstone series of time travel historical novels.
His first feature film, Arjun & Alison, a campus revenge thriller, hit the international film festival circuit in 2012, and had a UK cinema release in 2014. He was commissioned to write it by a director-producer and appears several times in the film as an extra. He has also written many other feature film screenplays, some commissioned, some on spec, and has had a few short films produced, including The Secret of Year Six, starring Dexter Fletcher, who said “I was attracted to the production by the quality of the writing… the film is so well written.” (Thanks, Dexter)
His next feature film will be Long Dead Road, another revenge thriller, which is also out as a novel.
When he isn’t writing, he teaches screenwriting at Birmingham City University, and he also runs the Shooting People Screenwriters Network bulletin, which goes out to 11,000 writers worldwide every day.
When he takes a night off, he promotes Hot Ginger, a monthly swing dance night and weekly jazz radio show.