M A R T I N O W T O N
I was born in Southampton, Hampshire in 1958, and grew up on the edge of the New Forest. At the age of 13 I was lucky enough to win a county scholarship to Winchester College (1972-76). From there I went to St. Catharine's College, Cambridge (1977-80) where I read Natural Sciences. I then went to Southampton University where I studied for a PhD in synthetic chemistry.
I spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow at St George's Hospital Medical School in south London, where I met my wife Mary. We now live near Camberley in Surrey, where I work for the research division of a major international pharmaceutical company.
I have been writing seriously since 1995, and have had somewhere above 20 short stories published. I now find myself writing fewer short pieces, due to my commitment to novel writing.
Beside writing I also play cricket - less than I used to due to injury - and run quizzes. I currently run a quiz on the first Sunday of the month at The Inn at West End.