When I was sixteen or seventeen I wrote a full-length novel. Believe me, it’s best forgotten! Many years later I decided it was time to have a serious go. I took time out from my business career and wrote Patriots. It was published and I returned to the world of business. But the bug was there; it was only a matter of time before I felt the need to write again. In due course, along came Villa Normandie and then Charlie’s War.