The more time I spend writing, the more I realise it’s what I am meant to be doing. Satisfaction comes with perseverance, which is my forte, but there are times I guess many writers experience when the end of a first draft feels millions of miles away. That’s when I remember what my friends and my amazing wife tell me and how much they believe in me. This journey has also taken me to some stunning magical landscapes for research, like the Old Man of Storr. ‘Don’t give up!’ he said. I replay his words often. So here I am, a couple of months away from a first draft of Stag Rider, a book I am already feeling very proud of.