FROM MINER TO TEACHER TO AUTHOR
I was born in Yorkshire but grew up and went to school in a small village on the edge of Sherwood Forest. I spent most of my early childhood playing in the forest with my friends and using my imagination to enjoy great adventures.
I loved my time at primary school and my favourite lesson of all was writing on Fridays. These writing lessons were a chance for me to do what I love to do best – write.
When I left school, I began my grownup life training to be a mining engineer. It was hard work down in the coalmines, but I had a lot of good times. I worked with some very interesting characters. Some of them might even find their way onto the pages of my books. However, I soon realized I wanted a life above ground. From my years as a boy scout I knew I loved to help other children to learn, so I became a primary school teacher.
It's really great being a teacher and helping children to learn all kinds of things. I spent almost twenty years in the classroom, first at home in the UK, and then in China and Thailand. I loved meeting and teaching children from all over the world. It gave me the opportunity to learn about many different cultures. I even tried to learn words from other languages from the children in my classes.
I enjoyed many things when I was a teacher, but what I loved most was writing. Luckily, being a teacher gave me lots of opportunities to write. Over the years I must have written hundreds of stories, and all kinds of other texts to help children in my classes to learn. It was always great to share my love of writing with the children.
In 2014, I decided that I wanted to focus more on being a writer, and now I spend a lot of my time writing mystery books for children. A few years ago I began writing an exciting series of mystery books called the Countdown Mysteries™. If you like mysteries then you are really going to love these books!
The three main characters, Roly, Nine and Charlie, have an amazing high-tech clubhouse buried deep underground in a basement. In addition to their basement clubhouse, they use lots of really cool gadgets to help them. They always work closely together and use their combined detective skills to solve mysteries and crimes in their local town of Anchor Bay.
I hope you enjoy reading the books as much as I enjoy writing them.