A. Royal Air Force Pilot.
A. Being a full time author.
A. Whitland Grammar School
A. Lord of the Rings - brilliant!
A. The Big Bang Theory / Black Books - it's a tough call.
A. Focused, driven, manic, fun, exciting, diverse and challenging (I'm counting the 'and' as one of the words!)
A. Life is what you make of it.
A. Pressing the send button after dotting the final i and crossing the final t on a book. It is a wonderful feeling to write a book and know that it's your best work yet. Of course, to make it the perfect experience I would have to be sitting on a beach in the Seychelles sipping a cocktail in front of my multi-million pound villa with my yaght moored nearby and the Aston Martin sitting in the driveway next to the Ferrari!
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.
A. On a beach in the Seychelles, sipping a cocktail with ...
A. Does Wiley Coyote count? I mean, I know he's a cartoon, but you've got to admire him for never giving up on catching that road runner.
A. My editor should answer this ... and the list would be long, but strangely, I can't think of a particular one.
A. I don't have regrets. I've put 100% into everything I've done. When I've failed at things (and it has happened) it has never been through lack of effort.
A. Playing the piano.
A. Surviving my basic flying training course in the RAF.
A. Not knowing when to say 'No, I can't do that'.
A. Tenacity. Once I set my mind to something I become single-minded to the point of obsession.
A. An eagle. I love flying and would love to be able to soar without a aircraft around me.
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.
A. Paksenarrion from Elizabeth Moon's 'The Deed of Paksenarrion' trilogy.
A. Dick Dastardly. Who doesn't love Dick Dastardly?!
A. Leonardo da Vinci. 'That flying contraption you've drawn looks great, but it could do with a couple of jet engines on it.'
A. Hearing the words 'I can't do it' in a whiny voice.
A. Playing golf.
A. Reliability, honesty and a sense of humour.
A. Thai Green Curry ... but I probably wouldn't have too many friends!
A. Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen), The Theme from Harry's Game (Clannad), Tainted Love (Soft Cell), Smooth Operator (Sade), Heroes and Villains (Pat Benatar).
A. Oh, there are far too many! Discounting Tolkien, who has been a favourite for years, I would say Philip Reeve for YA readers and Elizabeth Moon as a writer for adults.
A. The Lord of the Rings The Speed of Dark Mortal Engines Legend The Deed of Paksenarrion
A. The Crystal Singer by Anne McCaffrey
A. Try to write a little every day, even if it's just a couple of sentences.
A. When's the next book coming out?
A. Whilst signing some of my self published fantasy books in a local store, a lady who attended a charismatic Christian church who was very anti all things magical complained to me: "Why do you fantasy authors always have to use magic in your stories?" I thought this a very valid question. So I set about writing a fantasy novel without any magic in it. Imperial Spy mentions magic, but you never see it. The main character, Femke, was one of my favourite minor characters from my previous series - a sort of medieval Lara Croft style spy girl (but not so irritatingly perfect). It was intended to be a stand alone novel, but I was contracted to write a sequel. Fantasy authors rarely think in twos, so I planned three despite the contract!