Born and raised in Eastern Canada, John moved to the UK to study the poetry of Keats, and in 2009 received a PhD from the University of St. Andrews. He lives in London, England.

John is the author of the Ravenmaster trilogy. At the height of the Blitz, 12-year-old Anna Cooper is sent to live with her uncle, the Ravenmaster at the Tower of London, and discovers that the fate of the kingdom is in her hands. Book 1, These Dark Wings, is available now from Head of Zeus, UK.

In Book 2, What the Raven Brings, the Blitz is over but the war rages on, and Anna Cooper bluffs her way into the glamorous - and dangerous - world of female war pilots. 

In Book 3, A Kingdom Falls, the dramatic conclusion to the Ravenmaster Trilogy, Anna Cooper must find the strength to face her greatest fear in Britain's darkest hour.

John's short fiction has appeared in Bookanista, Untitled Books, The Menteur, and The Four Quarters Magazine.

If On a Winter's Night a Fox is a passionate defence of urban foxes, exploring the fox’s role in folklore and culture from Roman Times to modern London (2014, Remarkable Books).

He is currently working on a trilogy of epic novels set in Britain's distant past. Book 1, No Grave But the Sea, is published Autumn 2019 (Head of Zeus).


As a screenwriter, John has written several short films, including 'Wishin' and Hopin'' (BFI Flare 2018), 'The Hotel Affair' (London Short Film Festival 2018), 'Visiting Mr Keats' (Best Short, NYC Indie Film Festival 2016; London Independent Film Festival; Amsterdam Lift-Off Film Festival), 'The Last Words of Gavrilo Princip' (Short of the Year Festival 2016), and 'We'll Meet Again' (Best Foreign Film Nominee, New Hope Film Festival 2016), as well as the TV/Arts series Then Dance (National Lottery Award nominee, Best Use of Public Funding - Arts, 2015).

His first feature screenplay, 'Chosen,' exploring the love triangle between Johannes Brahms and Clara and Robert Schumann was an Official Finalist at the World Series of Screenwriting, UK Film Festival, New Hope Film Festival, and New York Screenplay Contest 2017. 'The Conspirators,' following Gavrilo Princip and his school friends' plot to assassinate the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, was a Feature Screenplay Competition Winner at the London Film Awards 2016. Since 2015, John has been a screenwriter-in-residence at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

In 2017, John created and launched the educational program 'These Dark Wings: Beyond the Book,' in collaboration with the Tower of London, Historic Royal Palaces, and Arts Council England, providing free writing workshops for young people and learning events for schools from deprived areas.