Like the industrial revolution changed the manufacturing process forever, and made goods more accessible to more people, I believe e-publishing is doing the same for artistic ideas, be they books, films, music or art. E-publishing is making books available to everyone and providing an amazing level of diversity never before seen.
In ten years time print books will be a rarity, and top earning authors will not start from being published in hardcopy via a traditional top six publisher, but will be 'picked up' based on how many e-copies they sell first. I'm part of that generation of authors. I can't live in the past way of doing things, so I'm 'going indie.'
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My imagination is on overdrive all the time. I love my ability to create worlds, whole universes, and tell the stories of characters I create and care about in these settings. I love writing and I don't have any other reason to why I write than because I love to write. I just want to get it all out there.
I just hope my ideas appeal to readers, and that they get the sense of wonder and amazement I do when I create my stories.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans make writing real. It is the best feeling when a fan contacts me and says they thought one of my stories was amazing, and it really spoke to them.
Life is not about what you can do for yourself, but what you can do for the world, and that is where true contentment comes from. If my writing inspires others, in whatever format that may be, then I'm out there playing on the field, rather than being an audience member watching the game. I'm creating my own little corner of the world, regardless of how small, that creates something positive that hopefully lasts. Even if that positiveness is for one fan only in that moment. It means something.
Who are your favorite authors?
I'm a big fan of spy fiction, and authors like Martin Cruz Smith, Len Deighton, Ian Fleming, Robert Ludlum, Clive Cussler, Desmond Bagley, Gerald Seymour and others were big influences early on in my life.
I'm also a huge fan of science fiction, particularly space opera, and authors like Iain M. Banks, Alastair Reynolds, Larry Niven, Isaac Asimov, Brian Aldiss, Philip K Dick, Philip Jose Farmer, Douglas Adams, Harry Harrison, Neal Asher and Peter F Hamilton are particular favourites.
Needless to say, I like combining both thrillers and science fiction in my own works, and perhaps not surprising those kinds of stories have been amongst my most popular.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on my Harrison Peel series, with The Impossible Object being the first book in the series to be soon followed by The Weaponized Puzzle, and at least four more books planned after that.
Harrison Peel is a blend of cosmic horror with weird science fiction and action spy adventure. The stories recount the adventures of Army Intelligence Officer, Major Harrison Peel, who travels the globe fighting the good fight against alien monsters wherever they appear threatening to destroy humanity.
The series is set in the worlds of H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos, but more spy and science fiction than horror fiction.
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