Simon Higgins has worked as a disc jockey, laboratory assistant, marketing manager and even as a monster on a ghost train. He also spent a decade in law enforcement - as a police officer, state prosecutor and licensed private investigator. He has a black belt in Iaido, an ancient style of swordsmanship which prizes traditional techniques and medieval samurai etiquette. He has trained and competed in Iaido contests in Japan - including before a royal audience - and placed fifth in the 2008 Iaido World Titles. As well as conducting professional development sessions for educators, Simon runs writing workshops for kids and adults in Australia and overseas.