I have three main interests in my life: my family, writing and cycling. At any given time the priority of those interests varies.
In terms of cycling I cycle to work, which I do as little of as possible, and cycle long rides when it doesn't clash with my other interests. I regularly cycle 100+ miles, although not as regularly as I would like. I have ridden Lands End to John O'Groats (or reverse) three times and it is about time I tried something else!
In terms of writing, I have written a couple of books based on my Lands End to John O'Groats cycling experiences but my main interest is in writing for children.
As a child I was a reluctant reader. I didn't see it as reluctance, I just didn't see the point: there were comics and a picture is worth a thousand words right?
I am now an avid reader and regret missing out on so many good stories as a child. Fortunately, with children of my own, I'm now managing to catch up, reading stories to them every night before bed.
There isn't anything quite like a good book to let you escape from the world for a while. True, films are great, but they don't engage you as much as a book. A well written book will get your imagination working, filling the story with colour and energy: a film is a depiction of somebody else's imagination.
In fact, I enjoy reading stories to my children so much, I started to write my own. And bearing in mind my own reluctance to read as a child I have written them to be as engaging as possible, to draw the reluctant reader into a land of imagination and discovery.