After serving his apprenticeship at what was the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, Nigel Rowland Hicks worked man and boy for the Ministry of Defence in a number of aeronautical engineering jobs. He was brought up in Fleet, Hampshire and, after marrying lived in Aldershot, Bordon, Aldershot again, Stubbington and Hillhead on the south coast, Farnham and the beautiful hamstone village of Chiselborough in Somerset. He now resides in Highcliffe, Dorset, having bought a ‘tired’ bungalow as a retirement project.
As well as writing, DIY and travelling in the motorhome, he plays both squash and racquetball, likes swimming, relaxing in the sauna, going to the theatre and rambling. (Some people say he rambles too much!)
He has always enjoyed reading, especially biographies – he likes to know what makes people tick – as well as nostalgia, travel and humour, and always has a book on the go. Sometimes when he’s been disappointed with a certain book, he’s thought he could have written a better one himself, but never found the time to do anything about it. Whilst a senior manager at Yeovilton, he often thought that embellishing annual staff reports and bonus reviews to be excellent practice for writing fiction!
So, when he and his wife bought their motorhome and everything started to go wrong, he decided to record everything that happened and then write it up. Although not fiction – it couldn’t possibly have been made up – Some People Prefer Hotels is the result.’