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I've been a writer for 42 years and, yes, it is a full time job for me. Not a hobby, but serious work.
The first Bond movie I saw at cinemas was 'For Your Eyes Only' when I was almost 10. I got into the Fleming books after watching 'A View To A Kill' a few years later.
I only did about one novel a year while I was working full time, but since 1993, I've averaged two and a half books a year.
After 12 years, the old butterflies came back. Well, I guess at my age you call them moths.
There were times over the years when life was not easy, but if you're working a few hours a day and you've got a good book to read, and you can go outside to the beach and dig for clams, you're okay.
You know, I was a regular on the Friday afternoon drill squad. Um, which... The year after I left school, I went back and thanked the sergeant major because I was so fit.
You don't have to follow what most players do by going to the top school. You can do anything at any school you're at, as long as you're focused and you work hard.
I'm like any other composer. If you give me five years to write a symphony, I'm still going to be asking for more time two days before it's due.
Have I got a black book? Yes, it's called a mobile phone. I do get offers. There is no shortage of people if you want to go on dates - working in TV, living in L.A., it is there if you want it.