ABOUT JJ TONER
Bitten by the writing bug in his early teens, JJ finally started writing again in 1996, after half a lifetime of procrastination. Not that he was ever short of good excuses. For 35 years he worked with computers, first as a petroleum geophysicist, then with medical and veterinarian scientists, accountants, engineers, and in a variety of industries, from health care through manufacturing to shipping. His work took him all over Europe, and yet he somehow found the time to marry, build a home, father three kids, and get his golf handicap down to single figures.
A Maths graduate, he has been a full-time writer since 2007. Major writing influences include (in no particular order) Frank O’Connor, James Thurber, Patrick Campbell, PG Wodehouse, Samuel Beckett, James Joyce, Eoin Colfer, Colin Bateman, Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, John Steinbeck, John Le Carré, Robert Harris, Christopher Brookmyre, Tom Sharpe, Richard Dawkins, Ellis Peters, Charles Dickens, Raymond Chandler, Isaac Azimov, John Wyndham, Anne McCaffrey, Robert Sheckley, R. A. Lafferty and, of course, Douglas Adams.