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I was born in Torquay UK in 1962, and spent my childhood roaming the beaches of Devon and Cornwall collecting strange creatures from rock pools. Later I ventured north to the University of Bath, where I collected a first class degree in Mathematics... this didn't teach me how to write, but it helps me understand my royalty statements!
I have Welsh and Spanish ancestry, which might be why you can find so many myths and legends in my work. The book that inspired me to start writing fantasy fiction was "Lord of the Rings" by JRR Tolkien. I've read it 11 times.
I enjoy horse riding and worked with racehorses for ten years. This is a photo of me riding a horse called Lomand along Lisadell beach in Ireland on the Yeats Trail. I also like to ski whenever I can escape to the mountains in winter. At home I ride a bicycle (because it doesn't eat as much as a horse) which keeps me fit for free.
One of the best things about writing my kind of books is that I have readers all around the world. Here I am with Mikiel, the Agenda Kids Club mascot, during my Seven Fabulous Wonders tour of Malta in 2007.