I was born in Bristol in 1972 and quite early on developed an unhealthy interest in ghosts, ghouls and things that go bump in the night. When seven, my family and I moved to a remote seventeenth century farmhouse near Taunton, Somerset, rumoured to be haunted by the ghost of a little girl.

At the age of eight, my class teacher, Mrs Jones, read my class The Hobbit. I can still remember the moment very clearly. I’d never known, let alone heard, anything like it. The language, the scenes, the characters, they all seemed to talk to me. I knew exactly what Tolkien was trying to say, as if I too inhabited his world. It was as if a light had gone on in my head. I knew after that what it was I wanted to do with my life. Write stories.

Growing up on a diet of Tolkien, David Eddings and 2000AD comics, I attended art college, spending most of the year writing when I should have been drawing. I’ve rarely stopped writing since.

In 2014, I was offered a three book deal with Duckworth Overlook and Overlook Press (in the US and Canada). The Darkest Hand trilogy is my ‘epic work of dark fiction’, featuring the flawed but brilliant Inquisitor Poldek Tacit.