I have, I will concede, written only one novel. It occurred to me the other day that I took the easy option by having an antihero rather than a hero. It seems to me that creating a genuinely heroic character is a lot more difficult than finding one who is, to put it bluntly, a bit of a pain in the backside. We have all encountered seriously dysfunctional people, but how many of us have ever met someone who could be termed truly heroic? My antihero is based on a former boss that I had and in all honesty, was a very easy character to create. A hero? That's something I am struggling with for my new book. The challenge, I think, is not to create somebody who is perfect or they will lack credibility. All of us have flaws and weaknesses. This is where I envy the great writers and become aware of my own shortcomings.