I live in the South of England and by necessity I sell IT software, however by choice I write books for Young Adults. My current series is about the Temporal Detective Agency., a group from Camelot that relocates to the 21st century partly because the cases are more interesting, but mostly because the toilet facilities are so much better.
I was a Scout Leader for 15 years, during which time I wrote and helped produce 5 successful Gang Shows. That gave me a tremendous understanding of the humour and likes of children of all ages and some of my characters are actually based on Scouts I knew, both girls and boys.
My books are humorous, full of adventure with a slight tendency towards fantasy. For instance in the Agency series Merlin is a well-disguised woman in love with Arthur, while her sister, Marlene runs things on her behalf.
My greatest influence (asides from the kids themselves) has been Terry Pratchett, who back in 2002 actually helped me write a scene for one of my Gang Shows and even acted in it.
Leap of Faith was the first of the Temporal Detective Agency books and the second (Trouble with Swords) was published in November 2012. The characters seem to be having a great time and neither I, nor they see any reason why the number of books in the series should be limited, so as long as they're having fun and people like reading about the TDA I'll carry on writing the books.
My webiste is http://www.rhardie.com. It's a lot of fun and also has a link to my blog and just about everywhere else!.
Birth Place: Bath, England
Accomplishments: One of my greatest achievements was eventually getting Leap of Faith published and seeing people actually reading my books and enjoying it.
I still have my certificate for swimming a width.