Paul was born in Kent, England but now lives in Australia. His first short story appeared in the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology, Dreaming Down Under. The story itself, “The Marsh Runners”, was short-listed for both the Aurealis and the Dittmar awards. His debut novel, Swim the Moon was short-listed for the William L. Crawford Award, presented annually to the best new writer of fantasy and made it to the Locus Best of 2001 list. His second novel, The Wild Reel, was a contemporary urban Irish myth-based fantasy set on the streets of Brisbane. He has also co-authored a story with multi-award winning writer Jack Dann, and has just finished a third novel. He is currently at work on a new book and a number of new, grotesque short stories.
In addition to writing, Paul is also a musician in the successful Celtic band, Súnas and the Americana band RedCrow. He plays mostly guitars. Súnas have toured the UK, Australia and have even performed in Russia. They recorded a best-selling album for the ABC and are due to head back into the studio in 2015. RedCrow’s debut record, Burning North Sky is due for release in April.
Paul is also a photographer, a wilderness explorer and a certifiable Nemophilist. He is married to singer songwriter Sarah Calderwood