I've written, on and off, for quite a long time. I've done satirical pieces for trade union magazines, stuff for football fanzines and mags, articles for local newsletters about fair trade, art and anything that interests me, really. I studied literature and linguistics, so I've always had an interest in language. Whenever I go away anywhere, I always keep a diary. That was the source for my first book. In fact, I had four school exercise books that covered my two years in Eritrea. I kept them, like I keep all these notes and jottings, but never did anything with them until Catherine was looking for something in a cupboard and said, "Why don't you turn all this info a book?" That sounded like a good idea, so I did. I'd started one novel years ago, but it never really took off. The idea for the one I wrote eventually came to me one day when I was sitting at my desk playing around with anagrams of my boss's name. There was one I really liked and I knew immediately that I had my antihero. Writing the book was easy after that.