Born in 1968 (a bad year for submarines) in a small hospital in Woking, Surrey. First son of a soldier and the original Victorian father. Spent the majority of my childhood moving from post to post and school to school. Considering the number of different people I met as my father dragged us along on his postings, I was a timid and shy child. That didn’t last into my teens.
Like most teenagers I thought I knew better than my parents and became rebellious. I also grew out of my shyness and this was replaced by disobedience. I was constantly in trouble with someone and was arrested several times for violence. By contrast, I was doing well at school and passed a fair number of ‘O’ levels. One of them was in English literature although it’s hard to believe after reading my random words. I live in the hope that if I throw a load of words together, eventually some of them will make sense!
I joined the Army because the Air Force told me I was too tall to be a fighter pilot. It was the best thing I did as had I not done so I would have probably ended up in jail. I didn’t choose the Corps that I served in but I enjoyed most of my 23 years service. I have been deployed on numerous operations and have seen the two extremes of human nature. Wisdom comes with age and experience – I’m still waiting for mine!
Today, I try my hand at writing when I am able. I aspire to be an author but have other important things to overcome first. Until my first international bestseller, I’ll throw random thoughts at this blog and see what happens.