Daniel King was born in Slough (the Britwell Estate) in 1969 and lived there for the first ten years of his life before moving, with his parents and two brothers, to Yateley, Hampshire.
He excelled at underachieving and in 1985 left Yateley Comprehensive aged 16 with one CSE.
His first full-time job was stacking shelves in a local supermarket (Gateways) before going to work as a hod carrier on various building sites.
After seven years, and one futile attempt to become a postman, he went back to school as a mature student and took an Access Course at Farnborough College of Technology.
This gained him a place at The London College of Printing (Elephant & Castle) and launched a high-flying career in magazine journalism – Model Railway Enthusiast – the latest in a long line of ruts.
Terrible job – worse than hod carrying.
Danny taking a moment out to pose for future publicity shots, Wokingham, 1992
In 1999 he applied for and got a staff-writer's job on the Paul Raymond publication, Club International and within a year had been promoted to Deputy Editor (of a staff of two, which included him and the actual Editor). A year later he become the Editor of Mayfair and a year after that he left the company to go freelance – much to his surprise.
Luckily, in 2001 he had seen his first book published, The Burglar Diaries, and he was able to use his new-found free time to write eight more, seven of which were published by Serpent's Tail, the other by Byker Books.
In 2005 the Head of Comedy at the BBC set her staff a challenge to find a book that could potentially be turned into a sitcom. Two of her staff came back with The Burglar Diaries and the BBC acquired the rights. Two established television writers turned down the chance to adapt the book into a pilot, fearing the difficulty in finding humour from house breaking, so Danny took one step forwards and landed the job.
Thieves Like Us (the name was changed by the BBC) aired on BBC Three in 2007 and ran for six episodes but was not picked up for a second series.
In 2008 Serpent's Tail was bought out by a larger company, Profile Books. At first all Serpent's Tail authors received written assurances Profile had no intention of involving themselves with Serpent's Tail's editorial policy but within a year Danny and several others were told their books would no longer be considered for publication.
He spent the next three years submitting manuscripts to other publishing houses with little success before deciding to release several new books on Kindle (and also Print-On-Demand for those who wanted paperbacks).
He has also written a number of screenplays and saw his first go into production in 2010. Wild Bill (co-written with Dexter Fletcher) was released for the cinemas in March 2012 (to pretty good reviews) and starred Charlie Creed-Miles as an estranged ex-con father reconnecting with his sons.
At the Wild Bill premiere with Jeannie, 2012
Danny’s second feature, Eat Local, was shot early in 2016 starring Charlie Cox and Freema Agyeman (amongst others). Produced by Evolution Films and directed by Jason Flemyng, the film will be released in 2017.
Also shot in 2016 was his short movie, Run Run As Fast As You Can. Produced and directed by Katie Smith of Magic05 Productions, the film is to be released in collaboration with the children’s cancer charity Team Margot.
After almost 20 years of living in London (Balham, Tooting, Crystal Palace and Stoke Newington to be precise) he moved to lovely leafy Chichester, West Sessex where he now lives with wife Jeannie (an NHS Physiotherapist) and their four children.
Today he divides his time between writing and childcare – both of which seem to pay about the same.
AWARDS & PRIZES
Picking up The Writers' Guild Award for Best First Feature Film, 2012
Wells Festival of Literature (2016)