These things are always a bit embarrassing, aren't they? So let me break the ice and tell you a little bit about me:
Not fiction writing
By training I'm a computer programmer (I started when I was 11 in 1969) but by a strange quirk of fate I became an editor and journalist on computer magazines through the 80s and 90s. Then I ran a design agency that continued to produce magazines as well as the usual sorts of things design agencies do. However that stopped me from spending time with my family, so after a few years I stopped.
For a couple of years I eked out an existence doing freelance programming and web content writing. And then I returned to my electronic roots and became a web developer. And a pretty damn good web developer at that. I'm still doing that.
Making stuff up
My fiction writing career ran alongside that. I discovered creative writing at school and after writing two (terrible) novels when I was 15 (banging them out on my Dad's electric typewriter every evening), I switched to poetry which was much quicker and, as it turned out, much more remunerative. Yes indeed, I made £100 in one day writing poetry on commission at an Arts fair.
After years of poetry I switched back to novel writing and wrote a "better" novel over a period of 10 years. Don't get the idea I was slaving over it, re-writing it and honing it. No. I was just slow. It was vastly better than my first efforts and is one of my released works.
Around 2007 I started writing screenplays, this led me to work with a Director on a short film but it just wasn't working until he said "how about we make it steampunk?" So we did and that's how the Voidships universe was born.