I love books. I have had a relationship with books for as long as I can remember. I love turning pages, holding a book in my arms, er, hands, and smelling the unique scent of that particular book. I love old books and new stories. So as a writer I am a reader first.
I began reading (my mother's James Hadley Chase novels) before I was six, and have never stopped. I usually read five or six books a week, unless they are huge: eg "Lord of the Rings" in one volume, or "Winter's Tale" (Mark Helprin).
I used manual typewriters for years. My favourite was an Olivetti Lettera 32 portable which I inherited from my mother, and which was my mainstay for about 20 years, after she had used it for a similar period. Yes, they are rather more durable than computers!
I am an unabashed romantic. I buy flowers for my wife whenever the notion takes me, and I write her a poem at least once a year. I adore soppy romantic scenes in movies (as in the willow pool in "The Little Mermaid" and the balloon launch in "Tangled"). You may notice that I also love most animated movies!
I have sailed, as a radio officer on cargo ships, the Atlantic from Cape Town to North America, and the Indian Ocean from South Africa to Australia and Asia. I remember cyclone Gabrielle, ca. 1982, where we came so close to capsizing near Mauritius that I found myself almost hanging from a hatchway, looking down through a porthole toward the surface of the sea.
My favourite genre is SF and Fantasy, although I also read a lot of crime thrillers and may try my hand at a murder mystery one day. However, I will read practically anything. I am least fond of Horror and supernatural books of that ilk.
Less interesting information:
I am South African, born in Cape Town in 1958. I am married (1991, and still married, to Chantelle). We have four cats, which we inherited from the bush next door.
I prefer my books to be freely available to readers, so I follow a liberal policy on distribution.