I was born in North London in 1958, the youngest of three children. I had lovely parents and my mum is still alive and in her nineties (which are the new fifties..)
In my school, you had to excel at rugby and cricket.
I was rubbish at both. We did sport on Wednesday afternoons. I opted for cycling. That way, I could cycle to the cinema every Wednesday.
I was good at science, but I wanted to do English as well. The school had a policy of not allowing students to mix arts and science subjects. I did Mathematics at university. In my spare time I edited the student newspaper and had a show on the campus radio station.
In the 1980s, the BBC was an exciting place to work.
As a BBC radio journalist and then TV documentary maker, I had access to professional broadcast resources - and an audience.
In 1986, my sister went deaf. An incredible London hospital treated her.
But it was threatened with closure because of government cuts. So I got a documentary made about her story. The hospital was saved.
In 1990, I was fortunate to travel through eastern Europe making a series of films for the BBC about the fall of communism.
As a result, I formed a lifelong love for the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Berlin.
In 2011, I met a man and fell in love with him.
When I came out to my family and friends, they were fantastically supportive.
I started writing short stories and joined the London Gay Men's Chorus. In 2014, I sang with the Chorus at the House of Lords as the UK government passed the Equal Marriage Act into law.
The short stories became longer, and now the second novel is about to be published...