QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS :
Your series is about an ex-DELTA sergeant called Dan Roy. Can you tell us a bit more about him?
Dan grew up in the mountains of Nepal, close to the Himalayas. As he trained in low oxygen altitudes, his endurance and strength became legendary.
Dan is obviously not ordinary. He did well in the Army, then was chosen to join the black ops group that is a big secret. He is very intelligent as well, and part of the reason he sees all the angles of the situations he lands in.
What is your favourite quote, by whom, and why?
Seen on the wall of an Army soldier`s room, bound for Afghanistan: “If you are not living life on the edge, then you are taking up too much room.” Quite self-explanatory, really.
Tell us about your travels.
Well I have hiked into the Leh and Ladakh mountains in northern Kashmir. The road that goes up there is terrifying, and happens to be the second highest navigable road in the world. I tried to cross over into Tibet but got stopped by Chinese Border Forces. I was desperate for a glimpse of Dalai Lama`s palace!
In Russia, I learned very quickly that unless I spoke any Russian no one would understand me. So I learnt. When I was there, it was a wild and lawless country. The Mafia ruled over everything. Communism had collapsed. It was a fascinating, and often quite scary time.
In Israel I lived in a Kibbutz, argued politics with young Israelis in Jerusalem`s old town, and floated on the Dead Sea. Everyone should try it once.
Hopefully, my travels and experiences will add some colour to my writing.