Writing is a passion for Jeff Buick.

He gets cranky when other things get in the way and he has to close his laptop for more than a few days. He’s written 21 books and more are in the pipeline. They move fast and have an equal mixture of character and plot. He writes what he likes to read, and what he thinks would play out well on the big screen.

But Jeff’s writing is changing. His latest books, Minimum Wage, The Reluctant Truth and Size Four are much more socially aware. The fast pace that defines his writing is still there, but the experiences in his life over the past few years are shaping the direction of the plot and the characters.

The death of his wife, Teresa, in 2003 had a huge impact on Jeff. It taught him the value of human life and the importance of being proactive with the time you have. The birth of his first granddaughter, Mikayla, was another defining moment and reaffirmed how precious life is. This has been expanded with the arrival of Dominic, his Kiwi grandson who lives in Wellington, New Zealand.

Jeff has remarried, and his wife Celia is also his most cherished editor.

Jeff’s busy. Writing his next book. Delivering keynote speeches, attending charitable fundraisers, traveling, researching – and learning. Still, despite all the incredible things happening in his life, writing remains the one foundation that anchors everything. A bit like air to a scuba diver.

One thing is for certain. Wherever he is today – Jeff is writing.