Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?
The architecture of the Hanseatic League was the first spark for Drachen: initially from a road trip to Lubeck and Dotlingen, and fanned by trips to the Baltic gems of Tallinn, Riga. As I read more about the builders of these charismatic Old Towns, I started to piece together the larger conspiracy.
What is your writing process?
With a full time job and a young family, time for writing is usually limited to my commute to and from the office. So I prefer to work quickly towards a first draft, discussing a few chapters at a time with my monthly writing group. When the first draft is in place I start the re-writing process moving from larger changes to smaller ones over a few cycles until I’m happy with the ‘final’ version. This is the version I send to the editor, with another small re-write when it returns.
How do you approach cover design?
I wanted a cover that could stand alone as art, so I commissioned a graphic. We took inspiration from movie posters, highlighting key action scenes from the book, and linked it to the more traditional genre trends by setting these off against the silhouette of a grand sailing ship.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I’ve been reading only my Twitter followers this year, and I think I’ll do it again next year since I’ve found so many great books and writers that way. If you’re interested in Indie publishing, give it a try too.
Who are your favorite authors?
Louise Penny is a firm favourite in our household, and I’m a big fan of the adventures of Clive Cussler, Jack du Brul, James Rollins, and Steve Berry. And since I’ve been reading a lot of Indie authors recently, I’d have to add Dan Pollock, Pete Morin, and Jonathan Digby to that list.
What are your five favorite books?
The Little Prince, The Power of One, The Pillars of the Earth, The Bone Collector, A Trick of the Light
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