1) How old were you when you started writing books?
I started writing when I retired from playing Table Tennis. I was about 29. I started writing articles for newspapers and sending them in. It took me a long time before anyone was willing to publish something that I had written! But I loved writing so I kept on trying.
2) Why did you write the 'Dare to Be You' books?
More than anything I want children to have confidence in themselves and to feel comfortable following a path that might be a little bit different to those around them. Every single person has so much potential, it is just about finding your passion and not being afraid to give it your all.
3) In the book you write about 'Kid Doubt', how did you learn about it?
Kid Doubt is based on the voice in my own head that has often held me back or made me feel like I am not quite good enough. I came to realise that everyone has a voice like this, their own Kid Doubt.
4) Have you written any fiction books?
Not yet. But I love reading fiction books and maybe it would be a great challenge to try and write one of my own.
5) What are you planning on writing about next?
I am really interested in the history of world (just a small topic!!) at the moment. So maybe I will write my next book about that.
6) What is your favourite book you have written and why?
Wow. That is a really tough question. I worked really hard on all of them and I hope they all enjoyable in their own way. I am proud of Black Box Thinking and the work I did to help the NHS after it was published. And if You Are Awesome or Dare To Be You make even one child a tiny bit more confident then that would make my day.
7) I have started writing my own stories. Do you have any advice on how to become an author?
Yes. Don't expect that your first go will be perfect. Mine definitely wasn't. The more you write the better you get. And I find it is always best to just make a start. Get something down on paper. You can always change it and make it better later.
8) Do you still love table tennis?
Yes. I do. Although I don't play that often anymore. I play a lot of tennis now which I love too.
9) Do you prefer reading fiction or non-fiction books?
I read a lot of non-fiction books for my research and my work. I even taught myself to speed read so I can read as much as possible as quickly as possible. I read fiction to relax, and I love that.
10) If you weren't an author what would you be instead?
Now that's a tricky one too. I might still be hobbling around a table tennis table!