I was born and raised in Leicester, England. After getting my Bachelors in English from Loughborough University, I left for the US and graduated from SUNY Brockport with a Masters, also in English.
At that point, I embarked on a career in academia, teaching and tutoring writing and taking on several administrative positions at various colleges in Central New York. At the same time, I played music, singing and playing guitar in local cover bands and as a solo act.
For many of those years, I felt I was leading parallel lives that would never come together. All that changed when I wrote Brown Eyed Handsome Man: The Life and Hard Times of Chuck Berry. Finally, my love for rock music was treated seriously by the academic community, and my passion for research and writing received respect from the musical world.
Since then, I have experienced some profound changes. I transitioned out of the academic world, ran my own record company for a few years and then become an editor for a company that writes content for major internet retailers. Along the way, I also developed Type II diabetes, discovered a passion for long-distance running and started to pay more attention to my spiritual existence. And somehow, during this time, I have managed to be a dad to three amazing and talented kids.
At this point in my life, I have some very simple goals: to keep my faith and my love for music and running balanced and centered and to continue strengthening my mind, body and spirit. My attempts to do all this can be found within these pages.