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.

Book 2, What the Raven Brings, is released 1 December 2016 in the UK, and 11 March in Canada/ USA from Trafalgar Square Publishing.

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 Book 3 of the Ravenmaster trilogy and a historical novel, funded by the Arts Council, about the siege of Leningrad.


As a screenwriter, John has written several short films, including '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, received an Honourable Mention in the UK Film Festival and was an Official Finalist at the World Series of Screenwriting, Los Angeles, and the New Hope Film Festival 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.

His most recent script, a six episode TV-adaptation of These Dark Wings, is currently in development.