My grandmother told me I read too much. I remember walking in the garden when I was small, telling myself stories.
In August 2012 in a caravan, in a field, up a mountainous rocky track that made a hired 4×4 essential, in Wales, in the rainiest summer fortnight I can remember … there, I sat and started my first novel. It was a lot of work and a lot of fun. That book has yet to find its home in the world, but it made me sure I would write other books.
Our Child of the Stars began as a short story I wrote for Halloween in 2013. I became obsessed with Gene and Molly, and Cory, the little boy they adopt, under such challenging circumstances. It was published in the UK end of 2019, got some lovely reviewes, and was out in the States and Canada in March 2020. It got less traction as this was peak pandemic and when I got Covid-19 as well.
The knockout sequel, Our Child of Two Worlds, will be published 31 March 2022.
I’m interested in strong, believable characters and their relationships. I like writing to have hope and humour, and to recognise the dark and unfair side of life. Usually, my work has some speculative or fantastical elements, but I am not interested in strict barriers between genres.
I spent nearly all my childhood in Bristol, and I’m now an adoptive Londoner. I have a partner and two teenage children. I’m a professional communicator, a science PhD dropout, a recovering poet, and a Quaker.
I’m active in the All Good Bookshop Writing Group. I read the first third of Our Child of the Stars to them in a former incarnation, and they gave me the encouragement it might be quite good.
I write about my debut author experience not in the belief I have unique insight, but just to give a bit of the flavour of how being a debut has been for me. Hence the backstage tag for posts.
There’s a page for sorting us all out.
I’m certainly not anyone who spells Stephen with a ‘v’ or chooses to be called Steve. Your mileage on that may vary.