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As an amateur baker and travel enthusiast, Chris loves cooking up a storm and exploring new places. He brings these skills to his writing concocting fiendish scenarios and exploring fictional worlds. His love of reading and of stories have seen him working upon numerous freelance marketing campaigns as well as providing insightful structural edits, copy-editing and proofreading services to improve manuscript development and accuracy.
Chris is passionate about teaching and currently lectures on the MA in Publishing programme at the University of Central Lancashire. He has worked across a diverse range of publishing and marketing roles for companies including HarperCollins, Egmont and British Airways.
Chris has designed and delivered workshops that have spanned themes including building a social media audience, editing and bogging. He is available to deliver creative writing workshops and for writing residencies as he is an ardent believer in giving back to budding writers.
When he is not working on the twists and turns of a story, or developing creative campaigns, Chris loves to go hiking or to enjoy time with his rescued dog, Ruby.
Telling the affecting story of sixteen-year-old Cal’s battles with homophobic bullies, family upheavals, mental health and heartbreak, this hard-hitting page-turner pulls no punches from the opening coming-out scene that results in Cal’s mum needing medical attention and an almighty clash with his dad. Reeling from strife at home and school, along with a series of ill-advised one-night stands, Cal’s life seems to take an upward turn when he falls for handsome, wealthy Matt. But since the course of passion and romance rarely runs smooth, thank goodness Cal’s best friend Em and her joyous Scotch-drinking, straight-talking nan are there when he needs them. Exploring themes of homophobia, self-harm, complex family dynamics, friendship, and intergenerational bonds with clarity and sensitivity, Fall Out is underpinned by a warm message of hope and the possibilities of starting afresh. As Cal says, “You can’t pave over the faults; you can’t wash away the past but sometimes, when you make mistakes, you get a second chance.”
At school, I learned that words, More than weapons, Could destroy bodies, Could break hearts More than fists or fury. This is the story of Chris, what happened to him at age eleven and how that would change the rest of his life. A life-affirming and powerful coming of age verse novel that shines a light on chronic illness, who we are and how we live. Familial adenomatous polyposis fa mIljal aedI na matas p la pousIs noun An inherited disorder characterised by the rapid growth of small, pre-cancerous polyps in the large intestines.