"I seriously doubt that I would have attempted to write my first novel if I hadn't broken my back. The Navy was all I knew until that day."

-Carl Hackman

Born in Folkstone, England in 1961, Carl grew up in many different locations, including Zambia, Africa. He spent most of his school years in Leeds, West Yorkshire, where his extended family lived. He will be the first to admit that he was never a great student, but he did love reading. The last thing he would ever have imagined during his time at school was that he would achieve his dream of seeing his name on the cover of a published novel.

After serving eighteen years in the British Royal Navy, Carl was medically discharged with a broken back and started his first novel. He had almost completed it when he had to put it aside to earn a living wage. He taught himself Visual Basic and became a computer programmer. Although it paid enough to live on he felt unfulfilled and became unhappy with the rat race. He and his wife decided to move to the Dominican Republic for a slower pace of life.

He started to write GERALD, his second novel. The first draft was completed within six months and went through revision after revision until he had it shining like a new penny. James Wymore saw the novel and championed it through a few more revisions and it was published in May 2017 by Immortal Works as his debut novel.

Since finishing GERALD, Carl has completed JAGUAR, the first novel he started, and has also finished writing the second in the GERALD series. He is now half way through his fourth novel about an Anglo Saxon boy. They are all very different and say a lot about his interests in life. Fantastical worlds, animals and medieval England.

When Carl is not writing he paints animals and some of his art can be seen on his website. He is also an avid sim racer and spends many hours racing around famous circuits trying not to destroy expensive cars. His YouTube channel and Sim Racing page show some of his, less than successful, attempts at being a racing driver.