I love stories... I am a video gamer and the most important part of a game to me is the storeyline and how well the entire thing flows and how the relationships flourish or crash and burn. A good storey that makes me cry will make my day and feeling passionate about an idea really pushes me to finish a book. I love to talk about morality and philosophy, just the question of what if this was to happen drives me wild. I love that question!
What is your writing process?
My writing process is so confusing really... I mean I love to sit with some music and try to think of a new world, then I guess I would add some people and see how they would interact. Once the storeyline has progressed inside my head I start to write what I am thinking and this whole book starts to flow out like water, it's just a more enjoyable process.
Though to be honest I have hundreds of ideas going on in my head at any given times, so the music really helps me focus and get the rhythm and feel for what sort of book I want to write. I love house/electronic because lyrics can confuse ideas.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
FINISHING! Oh my god, I mean the end product is the best... seeing it all pretty in front of you is great and people reading your finihsed work and feeling something makes me want to cry. I mean if I was to write a book on HIV and help the word get even further or help the young gay boy come out of the closest I would feel amazing, just to see that they got something out of my writing... Even if it was just a good laugh!
What's the story behind your latest book?
Well Silent Lies has been planned over 11 years now... yes you heard me correct, since I was 11 I have been coming up with book ideas. The IIPA Organisation in Silent Lies played a big part in my imagination when I was younger and influenced other book ideas like Clarity, Chaotic Ending and Seen Beyond the Trees. The Idea behind Silent Lies is paranormal creatures and how they make the human race turn into primal creature to survive. I also touch upon LGBTQI community, racism, sexism and religion just because they effect me in my everyday life.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in many different homes, say a broken home that lead to two great ones...
My mother and I have a terrible relationship and always have in my opinion, but I don't think she has even seen it that way. I think that I really needed that time apart to live within other families to understand what it was like to be normal and I met some amazing new parents and even some that I refer to as mum and dad over my biological parents. I am just happy that I met two amazing people who become mum and dad and I wish everyone has that chance to live in a great family, whether it be with one or two parents or even an older family member. Just a stable, loving home. How does it influence... Well as you can tell it influences my emotions and compassion for others.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I do... sadly.
I wrote a book about a race of aliens called The Tempest which were kind of like a cross between; amazons, humans and angels. It was all about parallel worlds and how Earth was created and the ruler Gode created all religions for this world... It was a little silly and one day I will rewrite the short story just for fun.
But I will rename the sun... because I was 10 and I didn't know that the word &unt was bad to say...so renaming the sun!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I will be completely honest, the first novel I read actually made me hate reading for a very long time... It was one of the Harry Potters and to say that is like holding up a cross and swearing. I love the Harry Potter series and what it has become, but the style of writing the author J.K.Rowling uses just did my head in because I'm not the sort of person who enjoys long drawn on descriptions and I am not saying her writing is bad. Her writing style is different to mine and I am one side and she is on the other.
How do you approach cover design?
Well I am into photography, graphic art and fashion... What you will see a lot of in my covers is a blend of each of those. Yes, I know my covers wont always be in your face clear image, but I like the little hint of mystery and making the reader wonder why it looks that way and what happens in the book that resembles that moment.
What do your fans mean to you?
When and if I get fans...
They will mean the world to me, just to get support would be the most amazing thing in the world. As an outsider and someone with low self esteem to see that people would take time out of their lives to give a damn about em and my work means so much, I mean the smallest gesture can change a person's life and I believe that fans are like the thing that makes a person smile and cheer up and think life isn't bad because I have someone on my side. I would try so hard to respect my fans... That would be my biggest fear, to disrespect a fan :(
What are you working on next?
Oh God...Um I will give you a short list.
Silent Lies has four more books and then Silent Whispers. Seen Beyond the Trees will come out hopefully in December 2016 Beta Testing is on the way Chaotic Ending
Just so many different books are being worked on, but I would say these are the major few.
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