I was born in Birmingham, England, and was encouraged to read from an early age. One of my earliest memories is of my father reading a copy of The Beano to me, before I could read myself. I became a voracious reader, and my parents never discouraged me from reading whatever I wanted, whether it was comics, books, pulp sci-fi, even horror novels. They trusted me a great deal, and I've always been grateful for it. All that reading made me want to write my own stories, and I started when I was very young, making up stories and comic strips.
As a teenager, my love of stories led me to role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons and Warhammer, but I was always more interested in being the storyteller than a player. I spent so much of my spare time — and, um, quite a bit of school time — designing games and scenarios that I never actually had the time to play them!
After a few years living "down South," I now live in the Pennines with my partner, Marcia. When not writing, I like to read a good book, watch a good movie, and get dragged over the moors by my dogs.
When adapting the Alex Rider books into graphic novels, I work hard to keep the original flavor of the books, even when details have to be changed. It's impossible to literally just put everything from the original book into comic form — you might as well just read the book! So changes have to be made, but the important thing is to keep the essence of the book. Anyone who's read the original novels will recognize the Alex Rider graphic novels as the same stories, even if a few details are different.
THREE THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT ME:
My favorite sport is American football. I've even been to America to watch live games.
I have several tattoos, all of which I designed myself. Some of them are based on my comics.
As a child, I got burned in an accident and spent six weeks in the hospital. I've had a lopsided mouth ever since!