Mike Riddell

I'm a writer. That's all there is to it. What you see is what you get. I write books, I write articles, I write plays - but mostly what I do is write screenplays for feature films. Words are my raw materials, from which to fashion stories. I believe stories are subtly subversive, because they change people gently, one sentence at a time. Oh, and I like to cook. For other people. Not much different than writing, really. You start with good ingredients and work with them to produce something fabulous and nourishing. With both stories and food, you need other people around for them to create magic. I've done a lot of things. I've travelled and explored. I lived in a commune in Northern Australia, and spent time in a Moroccan jail. I've been a social activist, a factory worker, a university lecturer, a husband (still am) and father. Now I live in Aotearoa-New Zealand - a fine place to set your feet. I'm happy to get paid but I don't structure my life around money. I like to work on things I feel some passion for. I'm intolerant of bureaucracy. Consequently I often don't get paid. But I have a good life. If you want to know more you'll have to get to know me. I make no apologies for that.