OK so deep down, fundamentally, I'm a writer. Writing is what I do. I've written for BBC Radio drama, I write for my day job and my aspiration has always been to be a novelist.
I've found it hard to get published, but I keep trying. I have an innate reflex to put my feelings down on paper, and I love the business of arranging words, influencing the way a reader feels and carefully crafting sentences.
So it was obvious that I should write Starfish the book. My illness and recovery was of course the biggest most challenging event of my life, and I feel my experiences are utterly unique.
I started with the diaries that my wife and I kept. We started recording everything that happened shortly after I came out of the coma in hospital, and we carried that on for a number of years. Then I followed the story arc of the film script to give the book structure, coherence and direction. In some ways it has been difficult to write about what is obviously an extremely painful period of my life, but the process is also therapeutic and I hope the result offers special insights into the value of human life, love and my desire to fight back against adversity.
Starfish the book has a publisher and will be available in a range of formats later in 2017 - watch this space.