I grew up in England's West Country, one of the world's leading producers of strange names for small villages. (My favorites are probably Queen Camel, Rime Intrinseca, and Mudford Sock, but it's tough to choose.)
I've worked as a teacher of English as a second language, a farmhand, a journalist, a college philosophy professor, a voiceover talent, a corporate trainer and speechwriter, a copywriter, a stay-at-home Dad, and a gas station attendant. Though not in that order.
Since moving to the United States in 1984, I've lived in Ithaca, Madison, and Honolulu. I now live in Seattle, where (when I'm not reading, running, or sea kayaking) I write (or stare out of the window) full time.
I'm a terrible correspondent, and I don't use Twitter or other social media because it interferes with staring out of the window. But you can learn a bit more about me at (and I do sometimes answer questions through posts at) the "Q&A" section of my Writing / Life blog.
Young genius Morag Chen doesn’t believe in the supernatural. Or not until a thousand gods show up in front of her, appearing from a clear-blue sky. The Architects are terrifying, they’re hypnotically attractive, and they’re real—but what are they, and what do they want, and why have they stolen the mind of Daniel Calder, the person she is closest to?
Ancient gods? Invading aliens? Everyone has a theory, but no one has guessed the truth. In this dark, suspenseful, mind-bending sequel to The Fire Seekers, Morag picks up the narration from Daniel as she works to accept that there’s more than one way to think about the nature of humanity. And she will find that the only way forward is through secrets that Daniel himself seems desperate but unable to convey.
A mysterious lab. The house of a dying billionaire. The hidden home of a strange and forgotten people. In each of these places, Morag and Daniel will come a step closer to answers, hope, and a way of fighting back.
Seventeen-year-old Daniel Caler's dad, Bill, is an atheist and a genius, and when he declares that the mysterious "Phaistos language" is really just evidence of an unknown civilization, he's accused of being a heretic - and worse. Bill's claim strikes at the heart of the world's newest - and most successful - religion, founded by his frighteningly charismatic ex-student, Julius Quinn. Quinn claims the Phaistos language is something far more powerful than anyone is willing to believe.
Daniel doesn't know what to believe, and he doesn't much care - until his mother dies in a creepy accident, an ancient warning is uncovered at the ruins of Babel, and people all over the world, from Bolivia to Japan, start disappearing.
When Daniel's dad vanishes while trying to uncover a Phaistos clue in Rome, Daniel and his friends know Quinn is behind it. As they rush to save him, they find themselves at the center of something bigger than Daniel's dad, bigger than Quinn, and possibly bigger than all of humanity. And if they don't stop Quinn, the world may be about to see the greatest cataclysm it has ever known.