I was born in Kenya, but grew up in Hackney, London, where The Kiss of Karma is set. I’ve done many different things in my life, including working in Sainsbury’s and McDonald’s. I used to drive tube trains on the Piccadilly Line and I’ve taught people how to fly aeroplanes (hurtling along tunnels deep in the bowels of the Earth one minute, skimming clouds high in the sky training future airline and fighter pilots the next – that was a strange time!)
Then my creative side tugged me away from that life and I became the stereotypical struggling artist. I was in the music industry for a while, running my own recording studio and making music and busking. Then I wanted an even harder life so I went to drama school and ended up a professional actor. I also washed dishes, served Princess Ann a gin and tonic, cleaned toilets, sold hotdogs and popcorn, worked in a call centre and God knows what else to make ends meet…. Somewhere along the way my beautiful wife and daughter came into my life. Then insanity took over and I did The Knowledge and became a licensed London Black Cab Driver, too.
Then in 2010, things went surreal – I now spend most of my time in Hong Kong, where my wife is working. This has enabled me to focus full-time on writing fiction, which has been a consistent part of my life since childhood. I’ve always loved making up stories. I am also learning kung fu and Chinese!
I’ll talk about all these things in my blog.