I left a career in Defence and international affairs to become a writer. I did it because...
1. I was lucky enough to get the chance.
2. My Dad is a writer, so why not?
3. I was getting tired of waiting for my talents to be recognised. (Hold on! How does that work?)
I write for older teenagers and adults. I like all kinds of settings - fantasy and historical, and I've a science fiction novel coming out in January. But the same spiritual and moral themes underly all my books. In some ways I'm quite traditional, I suppose.
I am happy to talk to schools, writers' circles, reading groups and so on. In fact I'm happy to talk to anybody about any aspect of writing. The problem is getting me to shut up.