I live in Gloucestershire and run a small video business, Eye Witness Productions. The book 'Discoloured Water Reported' has been several years in preparation, the reason being that I wanted to research it properly and could not devote all of my time to book writing. Although my first real paying job was as a Marine Radio Officer, which is essentially what the book is about, I didn't want it to be just a memoir of real day-to-day happenings. It is a fictionalized (and I hope amusing) account of a journey three quarters of the way around the globe, which really happened. Some of the events have been transposed from other journeys on other ships and some are complete fiction. Another reason for writing the book is that like many jobs and professions of the 20th century, the marine RO does not exist any more and I thought it needed documenting.
My video production work gave me the opportunity to work with English publishers such as Penguin/Puffin books, Jonathan Cape, Hodder Headline and Faber and Faber. We have made films with such authors as Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake, Shirley Hughes, Kingsley Amis, Peter Ackroyd, Roger McGough and many more. We produced video inserts for the first 5 years of 'The British Book Awards.'
In the past I have written a biography of a local personality Eileen Halliday, "Saving Nine" (self published), a stage and radio play "The Marble Staircase" about the Cambridge spy Guy Burgess and, with colleague David Goodland, the book (and film) "ANZACS over England," a WW1 non fiction documentary on the Australian Flying Corps, published by Alan Sutton.
Some useful advice I got from Roald Dahl after one interview was "Always stop writing at the end of the day at an easy part of the story, where you know what's coming next. It makes the job of starting again next morning so much simpler."