Here are 10 sort-of-interesting things about me…
1) I was born in San Francisco but moved to England when I was young.
2) After school I travelled around the Middle East. I clipped horses’ hooves (terrifying), cleaned sheeps’ bottoms (revolting), and worked as a shepherd (easy – you just sit there watching sheep. Sheep do nothing.)
3) I studied Ancient History and archaeology at university. I also learned Egyptian hieroglyphics, which – looking back – seems a bit pointless.
4) During a summer break, I tried to cycle from the bottom of Alaska to the top. I didn’t even get half way. No one told me it was that big.
5) By the end of university, I knew that I wanted to write stories. So I can’t explain how I ended up working in advertising. I was rubbish at it too. It was a bit embarrassing.
6) Then I got a job as a writer for Usborne Publishing. I’ve since written and edited over 30 books, on subjects such as Ancient Egypt, the Crusades and the history of London.
7) I have several scars from a motorbike accident.
8) I have never learned to ride a motorbike (these two facts are painfully connected).
9) My favourite books are Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and Framed by Frank Cottrell Boyce.
10) If you ever meet me I guarantee that I will have a roll of tape in my pocket. And I’ll explain why.