About the Author

About the author is always a difficult page for any novelist to write.

Daniel lives in the north of England with his wife Ania, their three children Sophie, Alexander and Philip. Oh, and Sophie’s hamster Hazel!

Time abroad

As an English and ESOL teacher, Daniel travelled the world for a decade, living in Barletta (Italy), Kanazawa (Japan), Krakow (Poland) and Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). He is a full time lecturer working for Barnsley College.

Charity and union work

Daniel works with a local charity called Educational Learning Support Hub (ELSH) (elshub.org.uk). They provide vital support for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in the Barnsley area. He is a trustee of the charity.

Daniel is also a UCU union branch vice chairman, taking on casework for members, and advocating for better pay and conditions for his colleagues.

Writing heroes

Away from work, Daniel loves reading, especially historical fiction and sports biographies. His favourite authors include Bernard Cornwell, Conn Iggulden, Phillipa Gregory, Hillary Mantel, George RR Martin, Dan Jones, Shelley Puhak, Ben Kane, Simon Scarrow, David Gemmell, Terry Pratchett, Brian Jacques, Jonas Jonasson and Haruki Murakami.

Other interests

Daniel also loves playing and watching sport. He started playing rugby at the age of 6, went to Thailand in 2011 to learn Muay Thai, and learned to snowboard while living in Japan in the winter of 2009/10.

Future writing plans

Daniel plans to self-publish the 6 book Babylon series, and the Saviour of Babylon will be out on 14th May. He also has other projects he is working on. One of these is called The Baron of Pontefract, following three brothers as they go on the third crusade. Daniel is looking to traditionally publish that work and become a hybrid author.

For more information on Daniel, including insights into how Son of Babylon was written, check out these about the author interviews:

Interview with the Historical Novel Society

Author of the day interview with ManyBooks

Interview with Atmosphere Press