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I really fell in love with Africa.

I have been a reader of Science Fiction and Fantasy for a long time, since I was 11 or 12 I think, so I understand it and I'm not at all surprised that readers of the genre might enjoy my books.

I have heard Science Fiction and Fantasy referred to as the fiction of ideas, and I like that definition, but it's the mainstream public that chooses my books for the most part.

It took some time to gather the research and develop it into the storyline, and to finally finish an origin myth poem that I had been working on for twenty years.

My fiction is reviewed by the mainstream press, by science fiction periodicals, romance magazines, small press publications and various other journals, including some usually devoted to archaeological and other science material.

Science Fiction is not just about the future of space ships travelling to other planets, it is fiction based on science and I am using science as my basis for my fiction, but it's the science of prehistory - palaeontology and archaeology - rather than astronomy or physics.

Aside from sales, the letters from readers have been primarily positive.

Each book has been different and has been challenging in its own way to write.

From the beginning, the series has been story driven - I began with a story idea - but research feeds it.

From the beginning, when I first got an idea for a story and wondered if I could write it, it has always been the story that has driven me.

I can move my characters through it easily, because I understand the background; I've really studied it.

I can't tell you any more than any other writer can tell you why they write, and I don't know what my influences are.

I probably read 100 times more than I write, but that way when I move my characters through it, I know.

I started writing to please myself, a story I would like to read, and that is still true.

I think of my books as mainstream and that's were most people who read them look for them in book stores.

I'm just writing a story that I want to read.

Life sometimes gets in the way of writing.

No, my publisher has always done the marketing.

Of the two, I would think of my work as closer to Science Fiction than Fantasy.

The idea led me into the research, which continues to give me more ideas for the story.