When I was very young. I loved books and knew from an early age that I wanted to create my own. This eventually led to me jotting down ideas for a novel during my teens, and I started to write a manuscript when I went to university and took creative writing classes.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is seeing all the characters and situations come to life on the page. When a character takes on a life of their own, and you can no longer control what they are going to say or do next, that is an unparallelled joy.
What's the story behind your latest book?
'Facade of Evil' is a collection of short stories that all provide extra backstory for the upcoming novel, 'Heathen with Teeth'. Throughout the four stories we gradually learn more about the mysterious anti-hero of that novel, Andreas Sorotos, what he is capable of, and what his agenda really is. The stories and the novel are all set in a world where vampires are oppressed by a puritanical human regime. Andreas builds a resistance force against this regime and a horrific spiral of violence ensues.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Indie authors have so much creative freedom, and that has always appealed to me. While I respect that publishers need to tailor their output to meet market demands and maximise profits, I would like the opportunity to see if my work can flourish and find an audience in its unadulterated form.
One of the major limitations of traditional publishing for first-time authors is that there are strict limits on how long your first manuscript can be. If you're writing speculative fiction then that is a particular challenge, because these stories often work better as lengthier tales. For me, my manuscript was already complete and had gone through several redrafts before I learned of these word count limits.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King doesn't get nearly the critical response he deserves. While some of his output is of varying quality, he has also written some of the most amazingly enthralling, moving, perception-changing novels I've ever encountered - The Dark Tower saga. If I ever write anything even half as good as that saga, I'll feel immensely proud.
Other authors that have impressed me include Terry Pratchett, George R martin, JRR Tolkien, Frank Herbert, Richard Matheson and Chuck Palahniuk. And, turning to the classics and literary authors, Harper Lee, George Orwell, Dostoevsky, Thomas Keneally, JD Salinger, Bram Stoker, Salman Rushdie and HP Lovecraft.
Please forgive me if I've left anyone out, I'm sure I have.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy mountain walks, usually around the Brecon Beacons National Park. Nothing is more inspiring.
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