When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Exercising, gardening and cooking - the greatest pleasures in life!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Through recommendations or searching for my favorite titles or authors.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was a short story when I was 8 and it was about two amateur football/soccer whose vehicle breaks down on the way to a match and during their search for petrol/gas they find a 2-a-side tournament taking place which they enter and win. On their way back to ground where their team is playing they tell their teammates who don't believe them.
It was a start at least!
What is your writing process?
I start by developing a singular idea into 3-5 bullet points. Then plan what happens in the first 7 or 8 chapters, each chapter plan contains 2 or 3 sentences. After that I write brief descriptions on the key characters in the story about the same length as the chapter plans. Then I start writing, usually on my laptop with the T.V on some daytime show - a great source for ideas- after I have written the 7 or 8 chapters I have planned I will edit and re-draft, then the process starts again until I have an ending. Finally I re-read the whole thing making notes on paper and re-draft until I am satisfied with the whole story.
What are your three favorite books, and why?
The Picture of Dorian Grey - it has so many twists and turns every character is in danger at some point and challenges the view - at the time - that beauty and financial stability are the only things worth pursuing in life.
War & Peace - the affect which the Napoleonic Wars has on different families in Russian high society is beautifully described by Tolstoy and the characters come alive on the many pages.
Diary of a Nobody - the funniest comedy novel of all time, something I hope to change at some time.
What do you read for pleasure?
Classics mainly, I never stop looking at how different writers describe similar situations.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Describe your desk
A coffee to the side of me and and laptop on my lap, with the T.V on, this is when I get most of my work done.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Crawley, West Sussex and still live there.
By using family members and people I know or have met and using settings or locations which are familiar to me are images that I usually have in mind when creating a character or describe a setting.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing non-fiction article pieces when I was 19 but started to focus on fiction only 5 months ago.
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