I grew up on a Queensland cattle property and have worked as a newspaper journalist since 1989. When at Brisbane’s Courier-Mail I wrote about and reviewed books, music and live entertainment. I now live in Ballarat, Australia, with my wife, and fellow writer, Kirstyn McDermott.
In 2011-15, I was the editor for Queensland Writers Centre’s magazine Writing Queensland, and also do freelance editing, proofing and manuscript appraisal.
My debut novel, The Darkness Within (Hachette Australia), is based on a novella written with my then girlfriend Mil Clayton by email when we were living two states apart. It has also sold to Germany. Three books have followed, also involving vampires.
My writing has won a couple of awards and been shortlisted for a few more, as detailed in the biography section.
In 2008, I finished a Master of Arts (research) in creative writing with a focus on Australian vampire Gothic. In 2019, I was awarded a PhD (research) in creative writing, centred on climate change. I was director of the Aurealis Awards in 2004 and have served on various judging panels since.
I have run workshops on writing for Logan libraries and Bundaberg’s WriteFest, been a guest at writing events including writing festivals in Brisbane, Melbourne and Newcastle, and been a panellist at many conventions, including the World Science Fiction Convention, World Fantasy Convention, Continuum, Conflux and Conjure.