Author of the best-selling Nic Costa series of novels including The Seventh Sacrament and The Lizard’s Bite and former technology columnist for the Sunday Times.

I’ve been trying so-called "writers' software" for more than twenty years and always stumbling back to Word. Until Scrivener. Good software is like good writing, invisible to the user. The focus, simplicity and clarity is astonishing, and the absence of hype and jargon just as welcome too. The more I use it, the more I realise it can replace every other application I’ve adopted over the years for writing books that are often lengthy and involve substantial amounts of detailed research.

The seventh book in the Nic Costa series will be delivered from within Scrivener, and the eighth will begin as an outline there too. Finally a true word processor for authors has arrived.