Alan  Cuthbertson was born and brought up in Leeds, England. He was married at 19, and in partnership with his wife, Heather, started the family stationery business. During this time Alan served 4 years as an Officer in The Royal Airforce Reserves and became an accomplished aerobatics pilot. 18 years on and frustrated with the commitment the family business demanded he decided, along with his wife and 2 daughters, to move to Spain where they now live in a small Andalucian village. It was here that Alan began his writing career. At first it was contributing to local magazines, then he put pen to paper and started his first book, ‘Fiestas and Siestas Miles Apart.