I write science fiction and fantasy for both children and adults, but my first publications are fun children’s fantasy adventures called A Song for Old Nel and The Island. I live in New Zealand with my lovely wife, our two feisty kids, a deranged border collie, and a cat. The cat thinks that she is in charge. She is probably right.

Here we go again

Well, it’s 2019 already and that’s good. I think. Not that we have any choice in the matter. I hope you all had some time off over the holiday period and managed to enjoy yourselves, because now it’s back to what passes for normality. The second half of 2018 was… Read more

Chilled out

For those of us of a certain age, Sabrina Spellman has always been Melissa Joan Hart’s incessantly perky and upbeat version from the 1990s TV show “Sabrina the Teenage Witch”. However, the new Netflix series “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” is based on the recent (2014 to present) “Chilling Adventures of… Read more

Fan service

I have just finished reading “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” to my youngest daughter, which was a lot of fun. And yes, my Dolores Umbridge voice is awesome. 🙂 At the recommendation (insistence) of a friend, I have since dipped a toe into the sometimes interesting (and… Read more

Giant killer

I Kill Giants is an odd little film (based on the comic of the same name) about Barbara (Madison Wolfe), who has created a fantasy world inspired by her love of Dungeons & Dragons and the career of former baseball pitcher, Harry Coveleski—which is an apparently strange combination. She believes… Read more

Don’t quote me

It’s impossible to deny saying something stupid these days with everything you say and do recorded online for others to twist, misinterpret, laugh at, and throw back at you. I have to admit, I take the easy way out and stay away from anything controversial online because of the Internet… Read more

Richard was right

I first played Warcraft back in the day when it was a top-down strategy game, rather than the first-person, online behemoth it became later on. I even played the very first version, pitting my little orc and human minions against my dastardly enemies. Warcraft: Orcs & Humans was the best… Read more

Party time

France have won the FIFA World Cup for the second time, in front of 78,000 people in Moscow. It’s not exactly a surprise, as they were many people’s pre-tournament favourite (Not mine, but what do I know?) and they gave a performance worthy of the title right when it counted… Read more

They are always watching

My inbox has been flooded with GDPR messages since the end of May and I’m sure it’s the same for everyone. Sometimes it feels like every website I’ve ever visited is sending me an email to let me know they have updated their privacy policy and that now everything is… Read more