John Whittaker grew up in a small village in the Pennine hills of East Lancashire.
His career led him to live in Durham, Oxford and Lancaster with short spells in Canada. It hardly, he thinks, prepared him to write fiction.
These years were spent with his late wife and their two sons.
With retirement close to the English Lake District more time was released for walking hills and mountains often with friends and family.
Now married to a musician with two sons, there are four grandchildren to watch growing up.