I grew up in London, spending a childhood largely immersed in books and my own world of make-believe, fuelled by a kaleidoscope of literary and historical obsessions. This has mostly set the pattern for my life so far, and inspired me to spend years studying Greco-Roman society, gaining an MA and a PhD in the process.
Now I live by the sea with my partner and a black cat called Achilles.
I write mostly historical, mostly gay fiction. I also write urban fantasy, involving vampires. I see my vampire fiction as also historical, to a degree, as following the stories of immortals serves as an excuse to visit and explore many time-periods.
Most of my historical fiction is set in the ancient Greco-Roman period, which I studied for many years and which remains a passion with me (reading Suetonius can have a terribly corrupting effect on a young mind…).
I like to offer an alternative, more internalised window on Greco-Roman society, the emotional and cultural lives of courtesans and poets rather than the deeds of gladiators and victorious generals. An elegiac rather than epic perspective. Nocturnal by habit and inclination, most of my reading and writing takes place through the dark watches of the night.
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If by chance you have found your way here because you actually wanted to find out about Clodia Metelli who lived during the Late Roman Republic, you might find this page a useful starting point.