The thing I find most surprising about writing (OK, I am only talking about my own writing) is how little the story goes to plan. I always assumed that when someone wrote a book, that they knew what was going to happen, but now that I am actually doing that thing, I find I am continuously surprised by twists and turns that I didn't expect.
I started writing my first book, A Return Ticket, when on an aeroplane coming back from a business trip to Australia. The main driver to begin was the fact that I was bored. So bored, in fact, that I got my laptop out and started typing. At the time I had no expectation that I would ever finish and also never expected anybody to ever actually read what I had written.
The extremely generous feedback that I have received from strangers has encouraged me to write another. It's different subject matter to the first, but also surprised me as it went along. In particular I found the characters in A Plan For Deep Water took on a life of their own and did many things I didn't expect, including some things of which I didn't approve.
I hope you enjoy what I have written. Let me know what you liked and didn't like (although in the latter case please be a little gentle) since I am always keen to hear feedback. I'm still writing, although not fast since it is not my day-job, and am enjoying the journey.