Charles Fernyhough is a writer and psychologist. He teaches psychology and creative writing at Durham and Newcastle universities and is a novelist (The Auctioneer and A Box of Birds) and the writer of an acclaimed intellectual biography of his three-year-old daughter, The Baby In The Mirror.
There is no clear career structure to being a fiction writer. Some would-be novelists sign up for creative writing MAs; others work in call-centres while they are honing their craft. The American novelist Jonathan Franzen served time as a research assistant in a Harvard seismology lab while he worked on his first novel. When you need a day job to support your art, science is as good as any other.