During my research, the main thing that kept me sane was teaching; I had the privilege of teaching Latin to Undergraduates, as well as running some First Year seminars in Prescocratic philosophy. When I left academia I embarked upon teacher training, and have never regretted my change of career. I now teach full time in a comprehensive school, and find working with young people both fun and inspiring.
From a very young age I enjoyed putting words together on paper, and it's an aptitude I have used throughout my life in a variety of ways. In my early twenties I thought I wanted to be an academic - I completed my PhD in Classics in 1999 - but quickly I realised that it was the process of writing and editing that I enjoyed, not the process of research. Looking back, I also chose the wrong subject.
During my research, when I was meant to be immersing myself in the finer details of Neoplatonic metaphysics, I became greatly distracted by writings on mysticism and the paranormal. I became very interested in why and how people can believe in things that are scientifically impossible, and read a great deal about group-think, mass hysteria and conversion. It is a topic that continues to fascinate me to this day. Before abandoning a university setting for good, I had an article published in the journal Phronesis and had also agreed to produce two books. These works are listed below for the intellectually curious, not least because they help to explain my interests as a fiction author now.