I put a lot of effort into finding the correct picture for my covers. I believe that they need to represent both the content of the book, and as much as possible, some of the emotions of the story as well. Legless was a difficult one. An image that describes the emotion of love and courage while giving an idea of the theme was very hard to find. I believe the one I came up with does that. Cover images are so important that I don't wait until the book is finished before starting the hunt for the right image. I am in the process of writing another novel, this time Science Fiction, and have already found the cover. I couldn't believe it when I found it. The picture is so perfect! It is almost as if the photographer read my description in the story and made the image to suit. That doesn't often happen, so I am very much looking forward to publishing that book, when it's ready!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Tomorrow, when the War Began, by John Marsden. Actually, the whole series. A brilliant Australian Author who captures the courage and resilience of the Australian people. Most of the Steven King books. Simply because I love well written horror. The Harry Potter series, because they were fun! I Can Jump Puddles. Another book about overcoming adversity. Reach For the Sky. The story of Douglas Bader, the Legles Pilot of world war two. Pure inspiration.
What do you read for pleasure?
Science Fiction, Horror, Fantasy and some Post Apocalyptic stories.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
A Kindle. Mainly because it was a Father's day gift.
Describe your desk
I don't have one! I have a laptop that goes everywhere with me. I run my own business and work away from home a lot. Stuck in motel rooms all the time, I tend to write to pass the time. I have everything I normally need on my laptop, so I guess you could say that it is my desk.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town on the Murry river. On a lake, as you may be able to guess from Legless! I also raced kayaks, so that part of the story is all my own. I'm a country boy at heart, and spent a lot of time in the bush, camping and fishing.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing so long ago it's hard to remember. In my early twenties, for sure. I used to write, and still do, because I enjoy it. I never expected to publish anything until the new E-book publishing systems came about. I just thought that perhaps others might like to read what I've written. Legless! is the best I've done so far so I thought I'd publish that first. Even if one person enjoys it, it's worth the effort.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Legless! is loosely based on the life of a friend. While he was an amputee, that was the least of his problems. During his amputation, they discovered that he had been born with a hole in his heart. He nearly died during that operation because they didn't know about it. His attitude to his problems and the way he faced them is what inspired me to write Legless! He is the Daryl in the story. He will always have my respect, and my grattitude that I am priviledged to call him my friend.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My wife. She loved Legless! and has more faith in my ability than I do. She wants other people to read it since it moved her so much.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting lost in a world of my own creation. Having the story suddenly take off on its own, almost writing itself. It is an amazing feeling!
What do your fans mean to you?
To be truthful, I don't think I have any yet. Perhaps one day. But anyone who reads my books are paying me a great compliment, especially if they enjoy them!
What are you working on next?
I have a couple of science fiction novels in the works. I tend to switch from one to the other when I run into a block with one. Seems to help.
Who are your favorite authors?
Asimov, Marden, Koontz, Arthor C Clark.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life. There is always something to look forward to. That is, if you don't start to stagnate. For example, my wife and I are in the middle of our scuba diving course at the moment. We get a few surprised looks due to our age, but we are still fit and healthy, so why shouldn't we try new things? And our Grandchildren. A reason all on their own.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working, reading, learning more magic, spending time with the kids, gardening, Astrophotography, bee keeping. Well, I guess you could say simply living.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I try to look for new authors. Very often there is a gem hidden amongst them that I can get to follow as they develope.
What is your writing process?
I start by writing for myself. I don't believe you can write a story for others if you don't like it yourself. Then I go back over it and pick out any problems that I don't like. Then I leave it for a while and do something else. The next time, I try to read it from others point of view, changing things to suit the general reader.
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