My novel, Lusitania R.E.X, won the 2015 M.M. Bennetts Award for Historical Fiction presented at the banquet of the Historical Novel Society in Denver, Colorado, USA, and it is a finalist for the People's Book Prize, to be announced in April 2016.
My passion for history and research leads me to investigate a topic thoroughly before I even begin to identify the characters and consider how their motivations and personalities will forge the plot and themes of my historical fiction. For LUSITANIA R.E.X, for example, I spent a year reading everything I could about the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915. Then I covered my dining table with scribbled historical events, people, places, conspiracies and rumours. Combined with potential plots and subplots, I arranged and rearranged these scraps of paper for weeks until they coalesced into an outline of the book I wanted to write.
My research led me to develop first-hand personal relationships with the descendants of some of the characters in LUSITANIA R.E.X, including the 11th Duke of Marlborough and Alfred G. Vanderbilt III. I was drawn to the story of the Lusitania because I was fascinated by the cataclysm of elegant Edwardian society with the brutal warfare its industrial prosperity made possible.
After growing up in Colorado, I received a B.A. in history from Williams College in Massachusetts and an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management, where I lived one block from the Tomb of Skull and Bones. London has been my home since 2000 and I have divided my investment banking and asset management career between New York and London.