Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I can't remember the very first story I read, however I do remember reading a rupert the bear story as a kid and being taken in by the adventures he went on and thinking to myself that I would like to do adventures when I was older. This led onto my love of adventures and creating my own adventures to write about.
How do you approach cover design?
I am not a creative person when it comes to graphics so I usually ask others for their opinions and then employ a graphic designer to put together my ideas with other peoples inputs to create a cover that inspires, motivates and hopefully grabs the readers attention.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I can't think of five books that I consider favourite, however three leap out instantly as my favourite. Those three books are by Bear Grylls - Mud, Sweat and Tears. Ranulph Fiennes - Living Dangerously. Chris Ryan - The one that Got Away.
What do you read for pleasure?
I tend to read factual stories and biographies. Recently I have read Richard Bransons autobiography and Ben Fogles autobiography. I also get a couple of monthly magazines which are 'On The Edge' mountaineering magazine and a quarterly magazine called Summit.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Describe your desk
I have a large wooden, old fashioned desk with a leather patch on it. It has a couple of subtle drawers in it. More like a table rather than an office style desk. Its old and has marks on it, got history and keeps me real. On it is my computer and nothing else. I try to keep it clear of everything. On the walls of my office, I post ideas and thoughts relating to the book I'm working on and visuals to try and focus the mind and draw me into the thought process of characters and ideas.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in South Wales, UK. I spent a lot of time camping and in the Brecon Beacon mountains. This inspired a love of the outdoors and adventure, and helped me to develop my writing, giving me resources to draw on as I developed my writing.
When did you first start writing?
I started as a youngster, but never did anything with it. It wasn't until 2013 when I first looked at publishing my expedition journals. This led to an avalanche of publications over the following two years which had all been ideas that had never come to fruition. Following the publication of Expedition Diaries came SAS Dairies from my time in the military and more since then.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm working on a couple of projects. The nearest one to completion is a revenge story based on a guy getting screwed over by people he trusted. Its loosely based on a real life scenario that I went through where people I was in business with screwed me to their own gain. So I took my frustrations, anger and emotions and put them into a thriller that I am pulling together.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Hearing from people who have read my works and hearing how much they enjoyed reading it and that I have given them a good experience, or that they could relate to something I have written. If one person benefits from my writing, then I am happy with that.
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