Phil: Where do the names of your characters come from?
I was idly flicking through Jack the Station Cat and the Snail Trail recently, when I spotted that one of the characters was Mr Parker.
That’s odd, I thought. Could that be me?
I’m not sure when author Alan Cliff wrote this book, but we have corresponded by e-mail a while ago on one of his non-fiction books. Maybe he was searching for names and our chat inspired him to pluck mine out of mid-air.
I suppose I could ask, but I think I’ll just stick with the warm feeling that it might be me.