Looking back, of course, it was irresponsible, mad, forlorn, idiotic, but if you don't take chances then you'll never have a winning hand, and I've no regrets.
Anyone who claims to have an entirely clear conscience is almost certainly a bore.
What I mean by that is that the point of life, as I see it, is not to write books or scale mountains or sail oceans, but to achieve happiness, and preferably an unselfish happiness.
I'm fortunate that the books sell, but even more fortunate to live in Chatham, to be very happily married and to have, on the whole, a fairly clear conscience.
I'll happily mentor anyone who wants mentoring, and most of that goes on by internet rather than face to face.
It's fun. I sit down every day and tell stories. Some folk would kill to get that chance.
Of course some days are easier than others, but my worst day is better than being in most humdrum occupations.
I sometimes wonder what would have happened if the first book had not sold... doesn't bear thinking about, but I suppose we'd have made it work somehow.
So the books have a greater appeal to a British audience, but that hasn't stopped them making best-seller lists in places like Brazil, Japan and at least a dozen other countries.
Book tours and research provide a lot of travel - too much, I sometimes think, but we do take vacations.
Judy couldn't move to Britain for family reasons, so I had to come to the States, and the U.S. government wouldn't give me a Green Card, so I airily told her I'd write a book.
Agents will read unpublished work because they might make money, and that's their job. It isn't mine.
At risk of sounding foully pompous I think that writers' groups are probably very useful at the beginning of a writing career.
So far it's 43 books in 25 years.
Television is a young person's medium.
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