Douglas Hill was killed June 21st 2007 by a bus. This might not mean much to some of you, but it means a lot to me. Douglas was the main inspiration for me wanting to become a writer. He wrote nearly 70 science fiction / fantasy books for young readers. The Last Legionary series was what got me started down the speculative fiction path. I will dearly miss him. Douglas gave me a blurb for the back of my book and it will always mean a lot to me.