I have nearly always lived in the countryside - near the sea and the moors of Cornwall; in the lush agricultural landscape of Oxfordshire; near the mountains and islands of Scotland; and between the hills of the Lake District and the Solway Firth, the finger of sea that separates Scotland from England.
From childhood, I have observed and learned to see the minutiae of my surroundings and to question why they are there and what they are for - and this is what led me into writing fiction.
But landscapes are peopled - and this too is my major concern in both my fiction and non-fiction, to understand how people, real and fictional, interact with each other and their surroundings, whether this is on a Scottish island, or within a world set up for adults of 'normal' height, or on a working trawler.
Background material and lots of images relating to my novels can be found at www.eliotandentropy.wordpress.com.
My Solway Shore Stories, www.solwayshorestories.co.uk, and its related blog, www.solwayshorewalker.wordpress.com give you real-life stories about people who work on the coast and sea, and Crossing the Moss www.crossingthemoss.wordpress.com tells the stories of the construction and destruction of a railway across a Solway peatbog and the Firth - and what has happened to that very special peatbog since then.