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‘In desperation I began to work my way through the myths and legends shelves and soon came to realise that I had found a brilliant new kind of fix.’

Jon Mayhew speaks with John Siddique about his typical working day, creating a plausible back-story for Jules Verne’s Captain Nemo while remaining true to Verne’s fictional universe, and making the leap from full-time employment to full-time writing.