Paul was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 1974, and for as long as he can remember has always wanted to be a writer. His short stories written at school always gave his teachers concerns, and his High School report cards stated there was a time and a place for his kind of writing - and school wasn't it. At nineteen, Paul began work on his first few novels which will never be allowed out of the bottom drawer. At twenty-four he began work on The Killing Hours and The Cleaner. A year later he left his job of seven years to write full time. Without any income, he was forced to make a decision - get another job or sell his house. He sold his house and continued to write. In 2006 The Cleaner was released, and introduced Joe, a serial killer who works as a janitor at the Christchurch Police Department, to the world. It became an international bestseller in 2007.