Born in North Yorkshire, England, Nigel went to school and grew up in the Southeast of England.
Following graduation from the University of Hull with a joint Honours degree in Botany and Geography, he worked initially in the operating theatres of the Kent and Sussex Hospital in Tunbridge Wells, Kent while he tried to figure out what to do with his life. After a year, he found himself carving out a successful career in international marketing and sales in London Westminster and later Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire.
He emigrated to Australia after travelling the world with his job and deciding that Perth in Western Australia was the perfect city in which to live. Nigel worked for the not-for-profit sector and began writing a regular column in Have A Go News in 1997.
In 2006, he found himself working alone from home with time on his hands and no money in his pocket. This was when he met Chris Oakeley from the Katherine Susannah Pritchard’s Writer’s Group who encouraged him to ‘get on with it’