Q. A common misconception entwined with authors is that they are socially inept, how true is that?
A. I think authors are as varied as any other section of society. Some choose to write because they work well alone with their own thoughts, including me, while others manage to headline conferences and book signing events with aplomb.
Q. Do all authors have to be grammar Nazis?
A. Having an understanding of sentence structure and where to stick a comma is certainly useful as an author, but that is also where editors and proofreaders come in. As I understand it, most authors make the most effort in getting the jumble of ideas down on paper first, then try to make sense of it themselves, before firing it over to their editor to add the sparkle.
Q. How important is research to you when writing a book?
A. Very important. As well as my fantasy series I am also dabbling in a post-apocalyptic adventure, and I am finding that much harder going because I need to base the story more firmly in reality, so need to understand such random concepts as nuclear fallout, Yorkshire geology and hunting rifles.
Q. Do you have a set schedule for writing, or are you one of those who write only when they feel inspired?
A. I wish I was the former, but as I am a father of three children and am still running my own business, I cannot always afford the luxury of sitting down when I want!
Q. Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you?
A. I am a ‘pantster’, rather than a ‘planner’. I have a bunch of ideas for significant events I want to reach and describe in the story, but aside from that I let the story take me where it will. There is a lot to be said for a meticulously organised story structure, but it’s not for me!
Q. Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?
A. Just about anything Fantasy, Science Fiction or Crime-based – I love James Patterson’s Alex Cross books, surely the master of the ‘page-turner’! I also have a very soft spot for the Dragonlance books by Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman…
Q. What did you want to become when you were a kid?
A. A wildlife researcher. Maybe the next David Attenborough. Ah well!
Q. Who is the most supportive of your writing in your family?
A. My mum (awww!) As an English post-graduate herself she winkles out most of my grammatical errors…
Q. Is it true that anyone can be a writer?
A. With the advent of the ebook/kindle market it is certainly true that anyone with a computer and an internet connection can be publish a book very easily, but to make a full-time living from writing? Not so easy, and not something I have achieved yet!
Q. They say books die every time they are turned into a movie; what do you think?
A. Ask me after Universal Studios snap up my books and pay me millions to make ‘the next big thing’ and I will let you know!
Q. What do you do in your free time?
A. Free time? *sighs*
Q. Are all writers rich?
Q. How did it feel when your first book got published?
A. The upside to being able to self-publish is that you are self-sufficient, reliant on no-one. The downside is that there is no real fanfare, just the click of a mouse that sends the manuscript off to Amazon etc. I got a bit of a buzz when I ordered my first paperback copies of my first book.
Q. Can you tell us about your current projects?
A. As of Jan ’19 I am in the process of publishing Book Two of the Odonata Chronicles, “The Jracon’s Oath”. Then it is on to Book Three…
Q. When can the readers expect your next book in print?
A. Some time soon! Maybe late Jan/Early Feb 2019.
Q. Do you encourage your children to read?
A. Very much so. All three of my children love or have loved books, although my eldest is in his teens so much prefers his phone!
Q. Do you blog?
A. I try! But between writing my books and marketing them online there isn’t much time to blog as well!
Q. How active are you on social media? And how do you think it affects the way you write?
A. On a personal level, very active. On a professional level (ie. as an author), not as much as I should be, probably…