When I started writing Julian's story, I based certain elements off of my own life. I am American and live in London, I have a wife and daughter. That would probably describe about 50,000 people though, so that wasn't so odd. What is odd is that I sketched out a five book arc at the start of this journey, and several of the details that were part of that sketch have come to pass in my real life. For example, I ended up having a second child, and I was transferred into the procurement department. Was I subconsciously aiming for this?
What I do know is that if I could go back in time, I'd make Julian even less like me - maybe that could have helped me avoid this fate. Hopefully I don't start having odd dreams any time soon.