He was conscripted into the South African Defence Force and sent to the Angolan Border as a medic.
After attending university he became an ichthyologist. He then worked as research officer for the Western Cape commercial fishery. He managed a fish farm for a time but the farm was forced to close (through no fault of his own....) and he started to write.
Six years later, his first book (The Forlorn) was published by Baen Books.
An ardent rock-climber, he opened many routes near Morgan's Bay in the Eastern Cape (South Africa). He is also an accomplished chef and winetaster and also enjoys fly-fishing and diving.
He lives near Mount West in the Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands with his wife, Barbara, and two sons, Paddy and James.