When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a full time job, a wife and a two-year-old daughter so most of my time is spent not writing! Before I got serious about writing I used to have other hobbies as well, like video games, movies and quality TV shows. But for the past couple of years, close to a hundred per cent of my spare time is taken up writing, editing, researching or marketing. And I love doing all those things so it suits me very well.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are so many! Bernard Cornwell, Patrick O'Brian, Steven Pressfield. Frank Herbert, Isaac Asimov, Ursula Le Guin, Robert Heinlein, Iain M. Banks, Alfred Bester. Anne Rice, Kim Stanley Robinson. Gary Paulsen. Roger Zelazney. Neal Stephenson. Robert Holdstock. I could go on!
What's the story behind your latest book?
Blood! Lots of blood and violence and action. In Vampire Crusader, Book 1 of The Immortal Knight Chronicles, I weave together historical fiction and horror. Our hero Richard is a knight, after all, and he fights in the great battles of his time – and after his time. The villain creates vampires and Richard hunts and kills them. In the first book he fights beside Richard the Lionheart. The second is inspired by the Robin Hood myth. The vampires are vile, depraved killers that infest some civilised region, whether it be the hills of Palestine or Sherwood Forest. The later books will include the American War of Independence, the Hundred Years War and the Eastern Front of World War 2.
What is your writing process?
I write out an arc, then break it into chapters, then outline what happens in that chapter. I do a timeline, with the month, the season, the weather for each chapter, keeping track of whether it is day or night. I come up with characters and research places and then I start writing. I never stick to the plan all the way, I add, combine and delete chapters and scenes as I go along but using this technique has enabled me to write first drafts incredibly quickly.
What are you working on next?
Vampire Outlaw, the Immortal Knight Chronicles Book 2 will be released next. I have my sci-fi series and my historical fiction series both planned and plotted out and am researching the historical one in every spare moment. The science fiction one will be released in spring 2016 and the historical fiction in summer. I will continue to release a novel every three months and I think I can keep getting faster so fans of each series should be satisfied!
When did you first start writing?
Like most authors, I have always been writing. Reading was my passion in childhood and I loved writing stories for school and for fun. In my twenties I wrote more short stories than I can count. I wrote my first novel, on and off, over a period of about five years. My second novel took, on and off, for about two years. I only published my first novel in Dec 2014 but then I published four novels in 12 months. I am only just getting started with publishing but it has certainly been enormously satisfying to get to this point and I have many more novels planned for the coming months and years.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use my smartphone! I use various apps like Nook, Kobo, Play Books and Kindle. I never expected to love reading on my phone so much but for the last few years, despite having such little spare time, having books on my phone has meant I can read so much more. I think the only time in my life when I read more books than I do now was when I was a teenager (I couldn't eat or even walk from room to room without my nose in a book).
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