Born in Durban; lived in South Africa, Canada, UK and now France. I've been a teacher, barman, advertising copywriter, hardware salesman and writer. I have twelve novels published (under another name). We live in a stone house on a former vineyard an hour from the Mediterranean. We have created a garden that has won first prize in our regional park competition. The views are stunning: palm trees on the terrace, chestnuts on the hills, cherries in the valley. It's a tough life, really.