I am a published author, editor, creative writing tutor and ghost (not the scary kind). I have written both fiction and non-fiction under my own name and the pseudonym Thomas Black. I have also ghostwritten fifteen titles, several of which have been international bestsellers.
For the last six years, I have been a regular tutor for the Faber Academy, for whom I have written and taught ten online courses: Kickstart Your Novel, Writing A Novel, Work in Progress, Finish Your Draft, Write A Short Story In A Weekend, Writing Crime Fiction, Create Brilliant Characters, Plot, Setting, Read Like A Writer. I am Director of Fiction for the Professional Writing Academy, and have taught and run workshops for a number of festivals and organisations, including CrimeFest, Stratford Literary Festival, the John O’Connor Festival of Writing, the Literary Consultancy’s Literary Adventure and Casa Ana’s Mentoring Retreat.
Having previously been a commissioning editor and publisher, I continue to work as an editorial consultant and mentor for a number of publishers, literary agencies and organisations, and also in a private capacity. Locally, I host the Salisbury Writing Circle — a community of new and experienced writers alike. I write a weekly column on the arts (sort of) for the Salisbury Journal, Hampshire Chronicle and several other local newspapers, and a monthly book review column for various Living Magazines across the south and midlands.
I am also one of the founders and director of Salisbury Literary Festival, which has been running since 2017.
On this website, you’ll find details about the sort of things I get up to, as well as contact information if you’d like to get in touch. Many thanks for visiting!