Author and Scriptwriter

I have been a freelance writer for over 25 years. I am the author of twelve novels and audiobooks, two audio plays for Big Finish, and eight non-fiction books, mostly concerning television in general and Doctor Who in particular. I have also written for BBC1's Doctors, Channel Five's Family Affairs and RTÉ's Fair City, and was lead writer on CBBC's Crisis Control.

I've also written comic strips, short stories and journalism, and have a number of original film and television projects in development. I have recently completed an MA in Creative Writing, concentrating on my first truly original novel. I live in Somerset, and am married to a GP.

I am represented by Dominic Lord at JFL Agency. Click on Contact Me for more details.

I am the Wessex regional rep of the Writers' Guild of Great Britain, and also a member of BAFTA and the Royal Television Society. I lecture in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.

Latest News

7 November
I went into the studio a few weeks back, to observe my new Doctor Who thing being recorded for Big Finish. I can't say much about it yet, other than that (as you can tell from the photograph below) it stars Frazer Hines and Simone Lahbib (Wire in the Blood, Bad Girls). More details soon. Ish.

(Above is a little picture of me talking to Fay Weldon last month. I've just noticed I'm wearing the same shirt in both pictures. Oh dear...)

12 October 2018
It's my great honour to be interviewing Fay Weldon at the Yeovil Literary Festival on Sunday 28 October. You can get tickets from here.

(By the way, I've not been able to update this website for quite some time - but that doesn't mean I've been resting on my laurels. The last year or two have been ridiculously busy, and I hope to be able to announce some new and exciting things soon.)

11 May 2017
I've just been interviewed on the latest of Danny Stack and Tim Clague's UK Scriptwriters podcasts. I talk about my time on Doctors and Family Affairs, my work on the Guinness Book of Records, and my various Doctor Who novels. We also try to tackle one key issue: does the 'career ladder' for TV writers still exist? Click here if you're interested, and do check out their other podcasts.

30 September
I'm equally delighted to announce that, as of next week, I will be an Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, teaching on the undergraduate Genre Fiction module.

31 August 2016
I'm delighted to say I'm the new Wessex regional rep for the Writers' Guild of Great Britain. I'm still finding my feet, and I hope to get in touch with all the Guild members in the region soon, but if you need to get in touch with me for any reason, you can do via the link here.

25 October
My second ep of Fair City was on RTÉ One on 14 October; it's still available on RTÉ Player for a few more days.

7 July
My first episode of Fair City is on RTÉ One in Ireland this Thursday (9 July) at 8pm. After that it will be available worldwide on RTÉ Player.

4 June 2015
The First Doctor Companion Chronicles box set was released yesterday. It features The Unwinding World by Ian Potter, The Founding Fathers and The Locked Room by Simon Guerrier, and my Susan story The Sleeping Blood. It can be bought direct from Big Finish here.