Newton combines strange and vivid creations with very real and pressing concerns with estimable commitment and passion.
— China Miéville on City of Ruin
Even though I’ve a degree in Environmental Science, a life of books appealed. After working in bookstores, I moved into an editorial position at the Black Flame imprint, which published media tie-in fiction for the franchises New Line Cinema and 2000 AD. Later, I worked as a Science Fiction and Fantasy editor for Solaris, publishing novels into the British and American mass markets, before the publisher was sold on. My day job now is creating narrative background within a team for a Very Big, iconic game company based in Nottingham, UK. I don’t write the rules (or indeed novels), but help expand the world. It’s actually pretty difficult to explain, since the job is unique, but it’s a huge amount of fun. Not everyone gets to blow up planets for a living.
My own first mass market novels, the Legends of the Red Sun series, were published by Pan Macmillan (Tor UK), and iterations have appeared in the US, Germany and Italy. My new series is a pseudo-classical crime fiction set in a secondary world, and will be released in October 2013. The first novel is called Drakenfeld.
In addition to novels and the occasional short story – one of which I read out on BBC Radio 4 - I’ve written the occasional piece for the Huffington Post, and for a while I wrote book reviews for The Ecologist magazine. If that wasn’t enough, in my spare time I also run a whisky website.
If you want to drop me a line, please feel free to do so – it’s always nice to hear from people.