I was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1964 to parents of Irish ancestry. In 1971, I moved to Renfrew. I have lived and worked in many countries, including Germany, Australia and now Spain, where I work as an English teacher. I was a joint winner of the Scotland Into The Future writing competition, held jointly by the Herald on Sunday and Canongate Books in 1999. Since then I have had various features and stories published.