I’m an author and freelance writer, specialising in writing about history and imaginary worlds. I live in the small Yorkshire town of Otley with my fiercely adorable cat Elmo.

Before writing full time, I worked as a teacher, academic, data analyst, project manager and, in my darkest hour, a call centre employee. I’ve studied medieval history, management and social research. You can call it broad experience or a short attention span – either way, variety suits me.

I indulge in all the best hobbies. Comics, wargames, board games, roleplay games (both live action and tabletop), and of course reading genre fiction. I like to think that it fuels my creativity. Really, it’s all just a big distraction, but isn’t that what life’s all about?

I’m on twitter @gibbondemon where I’m always happy to chat about books, TV and the myriad joys of modern culture, and you can also find me on Google+.


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32 Responses to About

  1. I was exploring an Alt Hist email, linked up to you, and found your website. Now, I’m trying to figure out how to do my own website on WordPress. Are you getting a good response here? Are readers finding you here and then moving on to your stories? Any advice?

    • Hey, sorry for taking forever to reply – it’s sadly indicative of how much time I have for writing related activities right now.
      I have to admit, at the moment, I don’t know how much impact this site is having. As far as I can tell, the answer’s very little, but that’s my own fault for not updating or pushing it more. So I guess my main advice would be to get into the habit of making regular updates, so people have something to keep visiting for. Maybe find some successful blogs and see what they do.
      Good luck!

    • Thank you! I’m really glad you’re enjoying the blog.
      I have to admit, I’ve hit a bit of pre-Christmas burn-out, so I’m going to come back to that in the New Year and have a proper look.

  2. I just read Surprise Me on the daily science fiction email and wanted to say something along th lines of ‘nice one, geezer. Enjoyed it.’

  3. Ah,I’ve just finished todays Daily Science Fiction serving; ‘Surprise Me’. What a great little story. Its left me with two positive things: a smile on my face and the urge for a second cup of coffee!


  4. Just read http://dailysciencefiction.com/fantasy/modern-fantasy/andrew-knighton/surprise-me AND I think it might just be the best story I’ve read there in a long time. On a day when I needed a smile from a sense of indifference you managed that for me.
    PS: Coffee is one of GOD’s best things.

  5. Hey Andrew! I’m nominating you for the Liebster Award. If you want to ‘participate’ (aka answer some silly questions of mine and post fun facts about yourself), check out my page here to see how it works. http://oliviaberrier.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/the-liebster-blog-award/

    If you’re not particularly into “blog awards”, then just consider this a hearty high-five from me because I love your blog so much. 🙂 Thanks for the thought-provoking conversations!!!

  6. Hi, Andrew! Following in Olivia’s footsteps, I have just nominated you for a Liebster Award. Feel free to accept or not. 🙂 I just wanted to let you know I really appreciate your blog! The details are here: http://doorwaybetweenworlds.com/2014/05/14/dbw-receives-the-liebster-award/

    • Thank you Sue! I don’t really do those awards, but I do appreciate the appreciation, it’s great to know that you’re finding this stuff interesting.

      And in answer to one of your questions, the weirdest job I’ve ever had was a week on the night shift in a book warehouse. There were half a dozen of us in this huge warehouse, just opening up boxes and pushing them through the darkened shelves on shopping trolleys. The people on that shift were a slightly odd lot, and it wasn’t uncommon late at night to spot a tattooed rocker inside the locked cage of ‘special’ books, flicking through novels written to to titillate little old ladies.

      I later got the day shift and picked up lots of damaged books from the company bookshop. The amount I saved on books was probably more than I earned in cash that summer.

  7. Thanks very much for visiting and following my blog. I’m looking forward to seeing what yours is all about!

  8. Hi Andrew, I’d like to reblog your post on “Science fiction, fantasy, and communicating everything else” but I wanted to check with you first, because I know some people don’t like reblogs. I think my readers would enjoy it. 🙂 Let me know!

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  10. Really enjoyed your guest post on Sue Archer’s site. A terrific piece of advice and a lovely article. Cheers, Andrew!

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  13. Hi there, I think your site’s got beautiful design and such interesting pieces, so I’m following! 🙂
    I really enjoy your posts and look forward to your next.
    Feel free to check out my writing about publishing: publishinginsights.org

  14. I just wanted to let you know I’ve nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award. Thanks for writing such great posts! https://everwalker.wordpress.com/2015/01/19/apparently-im-versatile/

  15. I’ve nominated you for a blog award! It’ll be posted on my blog tomorrow. 🙂

  16. Hi, from the recent War History Online, in the article “5 Insane Historical Generals”, you have mentioned about General Douglas MacArthur’s unstable mood and the influences on his military decisions in Korean war and finally caused his removal from the position of Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces by US President Truman. I am curious about the reference(s) you used because I am also interested in his patho-graphy.