Cliff Taylor started his career in journalism at the ripe age of 17, working for the now-defunct Auckland Star. After a brief foray into academia, he spent 15 years as a hack for hire, using journalism to fund his extensive travels. He wound up freelancing in Uganda for various publications, including The Independent, which led to a seven-year stint at the BBC World Service, in the Africa section. Somewhere during this erratic journey he managed to publish three novels. He lives by the beach in Pakiri, where he often embarks on over-ambitious cross-country runs and paddle board surfing excursions. He has been with New Zealand Doctor since 2014, spending sometime as deputy editor before opting to work from Pakiri.