Once Andy realised that he was too short to be taken seriously as a costumed hero, he decided to spend as much time as he could playing make-believe. This led to him training at LAMDA for three years and going on to become a professional show-off. Andy has shown-off in various theatres around the UK and in various living-rooms through the magic of television. His biggest feat of showing-off was in cinemas in 2011 when showed-off in the Woman In Black film.
Not content with showing-off in public, Andy decided to pursue other avenues and, after a chance-meeting with Alex Garland, decided he would like to show-off through the written word. Andy’s debut novel Geekhood: Close Encounters of the Girl Kind was long-listed for the 2013 Branford Boase award and shortlisted for the Waterstones Teen Book Prize 2013.
Geekhood – Close Encounters of the Girl Kind: Fourteen-year-old Archie is a Geek to his core. In the world of role-playing games, he’s a Level 5 Mage, capable of summoning the Undead. In this world, things are rather different. With no rule book to navigate Life’s Big Challenges – warring parents, a crass step-father, orc-like school bullies and rubbish hair – he’s teetering on the brink… Then a Beautiful Girl appears in his Geeky world… Despite the fact that the closest he’s come to an encounter with a girl is painting an Elven miniature, Archie embarks on a Daring Quest to win her heart. Geek meets girl…what could possibly go right?
Geekhood – Mission Improbable: Archie is a Geek to his core – and despite having a Close Encounter with Sarah at the beginning of term, he’s still completely clueless about girls. Enter Clare – an older woman (she’s sixteen) who Archie meets on his weekend trip to see his dad and his nightmare step-mum, Jane. Clare and Archie hit it off – and she comes up with a brilliant, foolproof way to get their crushes to notice them: pretend to be going out with one another! What can possibly go wrong? With school, Sarah, a fake girlfriend and his insane family to deal with, Archie and his mates step-up the nerdiness and go Live Action Role-play gaming. Ladies and gentlemen, we are entering a new era…