On the day I was born - in Oldbury, in Britain's Midlands - my father was given a cast-iron typewriter, as payment in kind for a job he'd done.
It was, he insisted, an omen.
At the age of four I announced to my aunt and grandmother, “I'm going to be a writer when I grow up!“
I kept my word. I've published over 60 books, and am now a 'hybrid' writer, publishing both independently and conventionally.
My book, 'The Ghost Drum' won the prestigious Carnegie Medal.