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Brief biography of the author

Fletcher Kovich was born in 1960 in the UK. After a difficult childhood, he left school at 16, barely literate but having excelled in the sciences. He served a craft apprenticeship with an aircraft firm, then escaped to university, studying electronics. With this new found freedom, he was able to begin exploring the arts, teaching himself to play several musical instruments, studying literature, computer programming, and also embarking on a lifelong quest to explore the unusual and unfathomable elements of everyday life, such as the nuances of social interaction. Around this time, he set up his own software house, marketing a graphics animation package he’d written.

In 1986, he began writing fiction seriously, completing, amongst other projects, four novels.

In 1992, he underwent Chinese acupuncture treatment for the first time, which transformed his health and life. He moved to Bristol, wrote a textbook on how our mind constructs and understands language in everyday conversation, worked for a while as a technical author for a software company, then put himself through a three year training course in Chinese medicine acupuncture while working as a piano teacher.

In 2008, he began writing short stories and found an immediate affinity with the form.

In 2016, he published a groundbreaking book on Chinese acupuncture, which was the culmination of around ten years research. The book provides a new explanation of how acupuncture works and also clearly describes every aspect of Chinese medicine in terms that today’s readers can understand.

Throughout, he has worked as a craft apprentice and then an undergraduate engineer in the aircraft industry; a washer up in a French restaurant; a piano teacher; a technical author in the software industry; and now runs his own Chinese acupuncture practice in Bristol, UK.