Port Camargue, France
Chris was born in Portsmouth, England in 1945. Educated at Portsmouth Grammar School, he then studied architecture for six years at Portsmouth College of Art.
He subsequently resigned from the profession, and with his wife Gill travelled with a caravan to Marbella, in southern Spain, where they opened a small laundry. Selling the business after three years, and with the birth of their son Matthew James, Chris opened a swimming pool business, which he ran until the birth of their daughter Emma Mary and their subsequent return to the UK.
After cold-selling kitchen equipment in South Wales for a year, Chris took a government "TOPS" course in computer analysis, and was head-hunted by a major UK bank, "so I must have some brains!" The bank's IT headquarters were in Poole, Dorset.
At the end of a fifteen-year career as a computer analyst and IT manager finally based in Coventry, and with the death of his wife, Chris retired as a result of ill-health due to clinical depression. Shortly after, he travelled alone in a tiny fibreglass boat from the Midlands to London, crossed the English Channel and, following the canal system, crossed France from north to south, arriving eventually at the Mediterranean after a journey rich in sights, sounds, smells and characters, not to mention many poignant, humorous, and sometimes dangerous incidents!
He now lives quietly but happily near the Camargue wilderness in the south of France.
Interests: Writing of course (currently looking for an agent!), languages, motorboat cruising, flying light aircraft, acting, including Shakespearean open-air theatre.
Published writer: Yes