I moved with my parents and brothers to Colchester when I was nine. Colchester is the oldest recorded town in England and dates to Roman times. This is where I found a love of history. I went to a public school in Colchester but was more interested in messing about than paying attention in class, it was more fun. My teachers gave up on me as I seemed to be useless at everything, I could not spell or concentrate. I left in 1977 with no qualifications.
At eighteen I moved to Lowestoft in Suffolk both to be near the sea again and also to do a course on boat building. After completing the training I returned home to my parents while I looked for employment. I moved to Woodbridge in Suffolk to take on the role of apprentice boat-fitter, I lasted just under a year; I was sacked for being too cocky! Apparently I had a vivid imagination and could not concentrate on my work. I then spent six very happy years working within the U.S. Air Force, by far the happiest years of my working life. While I lived in Woodbridge I discovered the two castles that were later to feature in my book, Framlingham and Orford. I married in 1991 and divorced in 2004, since then I have moved onto my own narrow boat on a quiet stretch of river . I can think of nowhere I would rather live. I spend my summer weekends on the bow writing the next story with a view, what could be better?