Alan Dix is part-time Professor in Computer Science at the University of Birmingham, and part-time freelance researcher, consultant and academic writer. He organises the biannual maker meeting, Tiree Tech Wave, on the Scottish isle where he lives. He authored a leading textbook on human–computer interaction, and is currently working on two academic books on physicality in design and on statistics, and also a book based on his 2013 walk around Wales. NaNoWriMo was his first foray into long-form fiction.