Simon earned a living in quite a few ways over the years, doing things like ballet dancing, acting, modelling, and voice work before finally settling on writing. He still does some acting every so often, but spends most of his days sitting at his laptop.
A Londoner for most of his life, he moved to Barcelona a few years ago in search of a life that was less focused on work.
Andy Cooke grew up in a pub before joining the RAF after going to University in London. He was disappointed to find out that there were no openings for “astronaut” anywhere in the UK (he wrote to NASA at age 8 asking how to qualify to become an astronaut, but the first qualification was “be American,” which seemed a challenge too far for most eight-year-olds). At least with the RAF, there were possibilities for remote-controlling satellite spacecraft, even if it would need a lot of luck to control his career path that well.
During his 17 interesting and enjoyable years in the RAF, he discovered a talent for both sabre-fencing and formation skydiving, although never at the same time. Captaining the RAF sabre team for a few years, he became nationally ranked at sabre, and managed to represent the RAF at formation skydiving as well.
He is keenly interested in space travel (as you’ve probably noticed), several fantasy worlds of literature, alternate history, skiing, cricket, how the world fits together, and – of course – writing.
Once upon a time, David Flin noticed that he had somehow gathered a lifetime of experience without really noticing. Without noticing it, he’s found that he’s usually one of the oldest people in the room, rather than one of the youngest.
As a result, he’s found that he spends more time telling stories than having stories told to him, which is a lot of fun. That, combined with telling bedtime stories for children of a variety of ages led him to start writing some of these down. As is so often the case, “the tale grew in the telling.”
Some of the stories he tells are based on things he has experienced. Generally, these are the most ridiculous parts of the story, the bits that no-one could imagine actually happened in real life.