Yes, I'm English. I live in England. I write English English. But for all intents and purposes, treat me as a North American author because I'm not part of the UK SF scene. I even work EST hours, except when I'm working PST hours with my Lucasfilm compadres.
For those of you who are curious about these things, I'm a full-time novelist. I still think of myself as that finest of God's creations, a journalist: so I satisfy my need to illuminate the world (whether the World wants it or not) with relentlessly daily blogging. But I still have a hard-wired urge to chase fire engines and harrass politicians. I planned to keep my hand in as a spin-doctor, too - fluent Weasel spoken here - but I found my evil persuasive Sith powers were best used to enhance my own image, thanks very much.
Like most writers, I've been around a bit. Most of my working life has been spent as a journo in TV and newspapers. At one time or another I've been an advertising copywriter, a media liaison officer for the police, a journalism lecturer, a public relations manager and a defence correspondent. I've served in both the Territorial Army and the Royal Naval Auxiliary Service (now disbanded, alas).
I now live in Wiltshire, home of some very fine beers, but I come from Portsmouth, home of the Royal Navy and birthplace of the world's greatest engineer, Isambard Brunel - oh, and some chaps called Charles Dickens and Peter Sellers. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle used to have a medical practice just around the corner from my old house and created Sherlock Holmes there, and H G Wells worked in a drapery store in the same road. Rudyard Kipling spent some childhood years in Portsmouth and Nevil Shute lived in the city too, so you can see there's something about Pompey that drives you to fiction.
Portsmouth's well worth a visit, but the beer's not so good - except Pompey Royal, if you can still find it, and CSB, in Her Majesty's ships.
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