After graduating with a degree from Exeter University in England I began a career in education by teaching biology at a high school in Salisbury, Wiltshire. I lived very close to Stonehenge - the most mystical place in the world. From there I went to Queen’s College in the Bahamas to teach biology and play rugby for Beck’s Buccaneers. Three years later I was off to Mexico City to teach biology at Green Gates School and then on to head the science department at the British Embassy School. Two years after that I found myself at the Banda School in Nairobi, Kenya – the most beautiful place in the world. That’s where, after teaching human biology for a while, I tripped over the film business by working for six months on ‘Sheena, Queen of the Jungle’. I’ve been an Assistant Director in film and TV ever since. During that time I’ve worked on some great scripts like ‘Memento’ and ‘American Beauty’ and some not so great ones like - well you can look up my resume on IMDB.com if you really want to. Of course, with over forty productions under my belt, I started writing my own scripts with some encouraging responses - but no checks. When a good producer friend of mine read one of my screenplays he suggested I write it as a novel - so I did. People liked ‘My Life in Black and White’ but, more importantly, I had so much fun doing it I decided to write and publish a second book called ‘Hunting Cat Face’. ‘The Paynes of Heritage’ is my third novel and a sequel to it is in the works. In between working freelance in the entertainment industry and writing I still find time to teach a postgraduate course in Film and TV Production as a part-time faculty member for Columbia College at their campus on the Raleigh Studios lot in Los Angeles.