My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Life is what you make of it.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. Leonardo da Vinci.
'That flying contraption you've drawn looks great, but it could do with a couple of jet engines on it.'
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. Punctuality. I'm the sort of person who catches the train before the train before the train I meant to catch, because I hate being late.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Playing golf.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Heights - it might sound crazy (especially as I was a pilot for 21 years) but I'm terrified by heights. The worst bit about flying aircraft was always climbing the ladder to get in - once I was inside, I was fine. I think this was because the height then became more like depth and I was OK with that.