After doing a History degree at Goldsmith’s College in London, Paul began working as a researcher for museums and publishers. Paul started writing at Time-Life in London then moved to Usborne to work as an editor and writer of children’s non-fiction. After eight years he went freelance, writing information books for everyone from the National Trust and Hodder & Stoughton, to Scholastic’s Literacy Time classroom material and Microsoft’s DVD Encarta encyclopedia. Paul started to write more narrative non-fiction with Usborne’s True Stories series which gave him the confidence to try his hand at fiction. This led directly to the Powder Monkey series with Bloomsbury.
Paul divides his life between Wolverhampton, Chester and London. He lives in Wolverhampton with his wife and daughter. Outside of work Paul teaches a course in writing children’s books at the Midlands Arts Centre in Birmingham.