Where did you grow up, and what books influenced you most?
I grew up in York, England we always had books in the house. I remember the exact moment when I realised that I could actually read, I was probably 5 or 6 at the time, everything made sense from that moment on.
I loved reading Little House on The Prairie books; all the calico, creeks and pink striped candy sticks transported me to the American farmlands of the 19th century, I envied the life Laura Ingalls Wilder lived.
Two other books I remember vividly from my childhood are; A Peep Behind the Scenes by O.F Walton and Grishka and the Bear by René Guillot which left me in floods of tears. Someone actually bought me a copy several years ago but it sits unread on my bookshelf, I can't bring myself to read it again as I'm still traumatized from my first reading of that book!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is a fantastic vehicle for indie writers, it has given me the opportunity to fulfill that which I have always wanted to be - a writer.
Smashwords allows the public to decide which books are successful, it is the reader who has the control - not editors and publishers.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A hot shower and coffee.
What is your writing process?
I go into lock-down mode. I spend the whole day at my desk, friends and family know that it means I won't be going anywhere.
Some days it can take me 8 hours to write 2,000 words, other times I can do four times as much.
I have a little notebook which I carry everywhere, it's full of quips, comments and ideas. It's the same size as my iPhone, I'd be devastated if I ever lost it.
Describe your desk
It's not big enough.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Everything! From the very first thought germinating in my head - which more often than not, eventually evolves to become unrecognizable from the finished story - to the first line in the novel; making it strong enough to have an impact...
I absolutely love researching, making sure I have my facts right. Often, one little snippet opens up a whole new chapter. I never tire of learning new things, writing teaches me new things every day and, for me, it's important that my books contain information weaved into the story line so that the reader also learns something.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans? I'm not qualified to answer that! Apart from friends and family I don't know if I have any yet...but, everyone's welcome, I'll wait for them to start arriving.
Is there a message in The Biggest Lie which you would like to get across to your readers?
Only that life is such an extraordinary experience, the ups and downs, the tragedies and the joys are all part of the process for change.
I love changes, I call them "my adventures". People should always be open to life and never give up. Learn from experiences and know that if you are not happy you have the strength, and opportunity, to change it.
What are you working on next?
Well, Luca is also currently available as a free download. I don't feel it can be justified charging for this short story as it's actually an off-shoot from The Biggest Lie. A chapter which I feel merits it's own little book cover.
I have two other projects ready to start on; one will be aimed at the same reader audience as Biggest Lie and Luca, whilst my other project is totally different and will be aimed at all ages from young adult to the boomers; a fantasy adventure involving both humans and non-humans, based on an island, a Shangri-La kind of an island.
I think though, that it will be the first project which is finished for publication first.
How long did it take for you to write The Biggest Lie?
One year, practically to the exact date.
Once the book was written a lot of time was then spent going back over it editing and revising - several times over, again and again slashing and burning. Funnily enough, I enjoyed that part.
My lovely friend June was my critique, she has read so many versions of the book she must be sick of it by now!
Good luck with The Biggest Lie, Luca and your other projects. Have you any final words for your readers?
Just to say Thank You and I hope you enjoy my books. If so, please tell your friends, write feedback and keep on downloading!
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