Susan Ottaway was born in Windsor, brought up in Egham and educated at Sir William Perkins's Girls School in nearby Chertsey. The daughter of an aircraft engineer, she has had a lifelong enthusiasm for aeroplanes and books. She worked for four different airlines over a period of 20 years, mainly in the UK but also in Germany and Australia, and wrote her first book, a biography of Wing Commander Guy Gibson VC, before leaving the world of aviation. She then worked as a freelance editor and has since written six more books.
A year or so ago, after having had several frustrating, unsatisfactory and exhausting experiences sorting out my own book deals, I realized that if I wanted to continue writing, and keep my sanity, I would need to find an agent. I began looking through the relevant section of the Writers and Artists Yearbook and hadn't gone very far when I found Andrew's name. Having looked at his website which was full of valuable information, and subscribed to the agency newsletters, I instinctively felt that this was the person I wanted to work with. When we eventually met I knew that my instinct had been correct. Andrew was friendly, encouraging and very helpful – everything I had hoped for – and I am absolutely thrilled that he has agreed to take me on.