Thanks to Mr Whitwham at Holland Park School, Huw realised that writing (and reading) was actually pretty enjoyable, but it wasn’t until a few things happened during the 1990s that he realised that he could be inspired into bringing out his own literary voice.
Whilst lying on his back in the middle of a starry night with a bunch of friends on a summer beach holiday in Selsey Bill, staring into space while a CD player filled their heads with the epic 46-minute ambient track “Waiting for Cousteau” by Jean-Michel Jarre, Huw was filled with the vertiginous sensation that he could actually by lying on the bottom of the Earth, looking down at the universe, and it was only a little bit of gravity that was holding him in place.
A few years later, Huw started reading Arthur C Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama himself and has since been smitten with hard sci-fi.
This was compounded by a cinema visit to have his mind expanded by the film Contact, which made him want to write his own kind of widescreen science fiction.
Stories came later, many finding their way into magazines. And not all of them were science fiction, because Huw always loves a good spooky tale, and doesn’t want to see the traditional English ghost story die.
He grew up in London and, during his years working as a global IT troubleshooter for an oil exploration company, Huw travelled to a number of places that enabled him to find inspiration and tone for his stories. More recently he has travelled the world working on an operations team delivering high-calibre investment conferences.
Huw gets his inspiration from music, travel and the seasons. He lives by the sea in North Wales with his wife Alison and his two children, Oliver and Martha.