Stephen Barker was born in Nottingham in the United Kingdom, and has had a lifelong love of books and reading. He trained as a doctor in Sheffield, which included an exciting time as an intern in the jungles of Borneo. A desire to travel the world eventually brought him to New Zealand 20 years ago, where he met his wife. They now live with two teenage daughters, two cats and a yellow Labrador in Albany on Auckland's North Shore.
Stephen had the ideas for his first book in his head for several years, before deciding to put them onto paper and finding that he really enjoyed writing. Since then he has completed the exciting sequel to The Secret of Spirits Bay, which was published in 2012 as The Riddle of the Stones: Return to Spirits Bay. Deadwater Lake, a story suitable for younger teenage boys featuring cars, intrigue and adventure with a literary twist, also appeared in 2012. When not writing or doctoring, Stephen is keen on all sorts of music and anything that involves the outdoors.
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Page checked and updated February 2013.