David Miller was born into a farming family in Norfolk. After Cambridge he spent most of his career in advertising, as a copywriter, and later a creative director at the major international agency Ogilvy and Mather.
In the mid-1980s he took an extended sabbatical, travelling alone through the war-torn border areas of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa, resulting in a successful adult thriller The Hyena Run (Headline 1987) published under the pen-name of David Morton.
His first love has always been the Far East, and when he was offered the post of Creative Director at Ogilvy and Mather in Malaysia, he leapt at it. At the agency he met his second wife, Su’en, and together they had a daughter, Hanna.
It is from this beginning – and urged on by his daughter who demanded he write a ‘really really exciting’ book for children – that Shark Island and its sequels Sea Wolf and Leopards Claw evolved. Combining a wealth of authentic detail, with action-packed storylines, they herald the return of the classic adventure novel.
Photo: Laurie Gilbert