I was born in Palmerston North, New Zealand, four days after Christmas 1941. The photo shows me playing with matches at an early age, perhaps my first experiments with chemistry - it eventually became a lifelong interest.
My formal education progressed through Terrace End School, Palmerston North Intermediate, Palmerston North Boys' High School, Victoria University, Christchurch College of Education.
I then taught for 44 years starting at Hawera High School, moving to Rosehill College and finishing at Coromandel Area School.
My published writing career began in 1973 with a 24 page reader on the interactions of the Earth, Moon and Sun. Several textbooks followed until in the 1990's I decided I wanted to portray science in a different way.
I began writing children's adventure stories which included the things that had fascinated me all my life: science, electronic technology, NZ's unique wildlife, volcanoes, earthquakes and any other natural forces that can have disastrous consequences. The result was A Friend in Paradise 2002, which has now been followed by many others. Hopefully, there are still lots more to come.