How did you know you wanted to be an author? I worked as a freelance travel journalist in Australia and on moving to London, I was advised that if I wanted to make a name for myself in England, I should write a book. This was never my intention, but as I was determined to forge ahead, this is precisely what I did. The Gulf States and Oman, an appraisal of the developing Arab oil states, was published in 1977. It was the first book of its genre on the region and has recently been republished by Routledge. I have subsequently written more than a dozen books and travel guides. Several have won awards.
What is your advice for aspiring authors? Believe in your chosen subject and get the best editor you can afford.
Do you have any writing rituals or practices? Not really. I write in the mornings and stop in time for the early evening news. I always go through what I’ve written that day in my head before dropping off to sleep. Frequently I dream of the phrase I’ve been searching and so I keep a pen and paper on my bedside table.
What message to you want readers to remember? Persevere.
How can fans get in contact with you?
Travels with My Hat is the title of my memoir of working as a freelance photojournalist in the Middle East