Simon Alexander Collier is a former British diplomat and the author of "Milligan and the Samurai Rebels", a humorous, historical novel set in Japan in the 1860s.
Simon was born in 1970 in Oxford, England. On a whim and the recommendation of a friend, after university he went to Osaka to teach English, thus beginning a lifelong interest in and affection for things Japanese. He returned to the UK for further study, after which he became a civil servant. In 1999 he was sent by the British government as a diplomat to Japan. Although Simon has now left government service, he has lived in Tokyo almost continuously ever since.
Simon's interests include books, Japanese history, football and politics. He is married with two children.