I was born in Toronto and grew up in the UK. All four grandparents were actors and since my father was an actor as well, it was probably inevitable I would follow the bloodline. I have acted all over the world and appeared on stages ranging from London’s West End to Hollywood’s Twentieth Century Fox. Favorite roles have included Hamlet, Caleb the Gladiator in NBC’s Biblical-Roman epic mini-series, ‘AD - Anno Domini’, Clive Parnell in ‘Coronation Street’, and Jack Absolute in Sheridan’s ‘The Rivals’.
I have written eight historical novels. The first, ‘The French Executioner’ told the tale of the man who killed Anne Boleyn, was runner up for the CWA Steel Dagger for Thrillers 2002, and has been optioned for the screen. Its sequel was ‘Blood Ties’. Having played Jack Absolute, I stole the character and have written three books on this ‘007 of the 1770’s’ - ‘Jack Absolute’, ‘The Blooding of Jack Absolute’ and ‘Absolute Honour’- short listed for the 2007 Evergreen Prize by the Ontario Library Association, all currently being re-released in the US by Sourcebooks. My novel about the real Dracula, ‘Vlad, The Last Confession’ was a bestseller in Canada and my novel, ‘A Place Called Armageddon’ was recently published in Turkish. All have been published in the UK, Canada, the US and many have been translated in various languages including Russian, Italian, German, Greek, Spanish, Portuguese, Czech, Serbian, Turkish and Indonesian.
I have also written a trilogy for young adults ‘The Runestone Saga’. ‘The Fetch’, ‘Vendetta’ and ‘Possession’. They are also published in Russia, Greece, Turkey and Indonesia. My latest Young Adult novel ‘The Hunt of the Unicorn’ was released by Knopf in North America in March 2011 and also published in Spain. It was runner up for the ‘M’ Awards for Fiction, Victoria, Canada.
My latest adult novel is ‘Shakespeare’s Rebel’, about William Shakespeare’s fight choreographer at the time of ‘Hamlet’, released in Canada and the UK in June 2013.
I have recently signed to write two books for Century in the UK and Doubleday in Canada. ‘Plague’ and ‘Fire’ are tales of religious fundamentalist serial killers set against the wild events of 1665 to 1666, London. They will be published in 2014 and 2015.
I live on Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada, with his wife and young son.
I think I need to write my father and mother’s story. He was a Battle of Britain Pilot, she was a Norwegian spy! But to write about one’s own family? It would be tricky.