It virtually goes without saying that James Linden is not my real name for the reason stated in the prologue.
The book is autobiographical therefore you can work out that even though in the book, I have the name Alan Rush (again, not my real name), I have the background that is in there - I am qualified as an analytical chemist and on my National Press Card, it does say 'Writer' as my job.
National Press Cards are controlled by the UK Press Card Authority via a number of gatekeepers and there is a validation procedure written on the back of them should you
encounter someone with one and wish to confirm their identity as a bona fide newsgatherer.
I was born in the early 1960s, went to school like every other kid, went through the sixth form (yes, some kid did stab me in the leg with a pencil) and my mum made food for the local Womens Institute - read about it in the book, it is in a lot more detail there. All of these things go to form an adult and the way that they view the world - at least for the start of their adult life.
Since then, I have flitted between a scientific and an artistic existence, preferring neither over the other. However, having a scientific, analytical background makes understanding how the art works a lot easier and if anything, a better understanding makes controlling things easier whether that is cooking, painting, playing an instrument, writing, programming a computer, designing web pages or anything really.
Enough about me.