I'm not really aware that I have any, as yet. Maybe I will as time goes on, I'll answer this question again once that is the case.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The notion that somebody I don't know may read my work and enjoy it. I have about a dozen good story ideas a day, but until they are down on paper (or compressed to bytes) they are just ideas. Once down though, unless someone else reads them, I might as well be scribing them on toilet paper and flushing them down the lavatory. I want to share my ideas in stories, otherwise I wouldn't have started.
What are you working on next?
A long gestated idea I have that I've been harbouring for about 30 years. It's kind of like a coming-of-age science fiction story about three boys searching for their destiny.
Who are your favorite authors?
Difficult question as I rarely read anymore. But, to name a few I used to read: Arthur C Clarke, John Wyndham, TM Wright and John Irving (I know that last one is a little incoherent but he is one excellent creator of characters).
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Most certainly. I wrote it episodically in my diary in primary school (instead of writing about my real life). It was called 'Strongboy' and was about a boy about my age who discovered he had superhuman strength. At the time I suffered quite direly from bullying and it was my way of keeping myself sane.
Describe your desk
I don't strictly have one. I write lying on my bed with my keyboard on my lap. My screen is a 32" Samsung HDTV which is to the right of my feet on my chest of drawers. The chest of drawers is extremely scruffy - I really can't be bothered dusting a great deal - with piecemeal remnants of former lives strewn across it behind my speakers.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on a Council Estate in Liverpool, England. I'm not sure what influence it had on my writing, except perhaps the urban settings where I tend to set scenes. I think the reason that I prefer to write fantasy though was that there was a lot of hardship when I was growing up, growing up was quite traumatic for me. So I was always imagining some fantastic element invading our lives and changing things for the better.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I am not very good at accepting rejection, I'm afraid. I mean that I take it very badly. So much so, that I have never submitted any work to anyone - not a publisher, not a magazine, nothing. When I heard of the digital revolution of prose had come, I knew that my time had finally arrived.
No longer would I need to pass the individual criteria of the gatekeepers of publishing. I could easily publish work for myself and let the public at large decide for themselves if they like it or not.
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