My favourite Genre is crime fiction, especially fiction set in the UK. Anything with a twisted mind as the bad guy and a troubled mind for a good guy. A bit of a cliche I know, but it works for me.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I currently read on an Ipad, using either the Kindle App or the Apple I Reader
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I am new to the publishing game so I'm just finding my feet in hat area. I find social media a good start, get friends and family to read and critique your work. If they enjoy the book they will in turn spread the word to their friends.
Describe your desk
It is normally an Ipad on my lap, wherever I end up.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in small town New Zealand. A town called Cambridge in the Waikato. Small communities are renowned for knowing everyone's business, its amazing the strange things you hear about people. Humans are capable of some crazy stuff. It's all good material for a book.
When did you first start writing?
My first attempt at writing was Human Frailty, published August 2013. It took about a year to get to that point. The last time I wrote anything other than an email or a work report before that was when I was in school.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Family violence is a real problem anywhere you go. Although this is a work of fiction I suppose I am trying to write from both sides of the coin. To show the fallout from abuse and people's attitude towards it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I like the freedom of expressing various opinions through different characters actions. It is a world that you have total creative control over. The process of writing is also a good stress reliever, and if it brings other people enjoyment then that is a bonus.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
They have made it incredibly easy to publish my work, everything is explained in absolute detail. They also have access to a lot of other distribution outlets, and take care of that for you.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans mean that people enjoy the story I'm trying to convey. They are getting the same enjoyment out of my work as I had writing it.
What are you working on next?
My next book is the second in the series, The lead Character Mike Bridger will be back dealing with his demons. The other side of the coin will be a based around a couple of young men who get caught up in a robbery gone wrong and the fall out from that. I have the first three draft chapters already
Who are your favorite authors?
Ian Rankin without question. His work is exceptional and his characters real and believable.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My children, and the fact that I have to go to work.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to run, kayak, mountain bike, attend the gym, swim. All the great outdoor stuff available in my home city of Dunedin. Or I'm at work, or ferrying the children to their various activities.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I just spend a bit of time trawling through the pages picking out anything that takes my fancy. I will give any author a go, if I don't like it I move on to the next. If I like it, I will normally read everything else they write.
What is your writing process?
I just start with an idea, usually based around a theme or quote, then let the chapters come out one by one and see where the story takes me. Hardly any planning involved.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton. It showed me the magical world of someone's imagination.
How do you approach cover design?
For my first book I designed my own cover using an image that portrays a theme in the book. Plain and simple, title and author.
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