I have always liked writing, but only recently published my stories.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I gave a lot of thought to where I wanted to set my books and thought a parallel Earth where the Magi lived and practised their magic quite a good idea. It gives a lot of scope for stories and, I think, some good ideas.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Really it was out of necessity. I found I could no longer work and needed something to occupy my mind and writing has really worked for me. I needed something I could do at home and because I have lost a considerable amount of hearing I needed to do something that did not require visiting noisy places. I now let my mind wonder and explore. I would recommend anyone in a similar situation to do the same. Nothing can beat writing.
What are you working on next?
Presently the book that starts six months after The Black, the White and the Grinning Grey finishes is at the editing stage, which seems to take longer than writing it! The book is called All Five of Me and introduces some new characters as well as keeping in touch with some of the old ones. Callac and Eleusis both feature largely within the book. A third book is still at the thinking stage!
Who are your favorite authors?
Wow what a question! I have so many favourite authors. I think Philip K Dick is on that list, as is George Orwell and Stanislow Lem. i read an array of book fiction and non-fiction. I love owning books, it is a if you own a bit of freedom.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing I like to do needle craft, just to relax. Funny there never seems to be spare time.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I have always like searching out those really different and obscure writers. In my youth I would search out basement Book-Bargains. I was also luck enough to work in an independent book shop so could explore different authors to my hearts content. As for e-books I always follow my nose.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, but I am afraid it died a death. Writing is one of those past-times that improves the more you invest time in it, so I am grateful to my first story for teaching me so much.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No I can safely say I cannot remember my first story, however many books I have read really affected me. I have a list of books that I dubiously call 'books that have changed my life'. I can still remember such books from my teenage years when I use to borrow the from the library. I was quite loathed to hand them back.
How do you approach cover design?
I am lucky in the fact that my son is at university studying art. However it doesn't mean I always agree with his view point and he certainly often doesn't agree with mine
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I have tried to list five books but I cannot and I think it is because I use books for everything and to list just five is impossible for me.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read an utter mixture of books, from early Christian history books to crime novel, but I have to say that fantasy books are pure escapism.
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