My writing reflects my love of history and mythology, especially the folktales and legends of the West Country and my native East Anglia. The content and themes of this novel have been heavily influenced by my interest in the natural world and environmental issues; I am involved in volunteer marine conversation work to help preserve the beautiful Suffolk coast. My literary influences include the works of Philip Pullman, J.R.R. Tolkien, Richard Adams and George Orwell.
'The Map of the Known World' and 'The Ordeal of Fire' are the first and second parts of the 'Tree of Life' trilogy. The final volume, 'The Last Days', is now available.