I am a non fiction reader myself, I like to learn things. Physics books are my main read at the moment and for joy I read Lord Byron.
Describe your desk
A super king futon with a lot of comfy pillows, I have a very bad back so I lay down and work.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up all over from Kent, Immingham, Bournville etc We moved around a lot due to my fathers work. This has not influenced my writing, people do that, I am in effect a "people watcher".
When did you first start writing?
I can remember writing my first poems when I was about 8 years old. My first big story was when I was 10 and I thank Mr Abbott my English teacher for giving us such compelling subject matter. It was to be a short story about being a soldier in the trenches during the 2nd world war. I remember very little of it, all except for I went for a dramatic opening line: "As I lay beneath the gun metal sky all I could smell was the rotting and burnt flesh of war, I felt numb all except for the irritation of the many flies that buzzed around me and landed upon me".
My father had been in Korea and I remembered how he described it, so I used that as my bases for my story.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Silliness, that is all I can say. I wrote it for the joy of it, I added some sex and some sadness to break the silliness up.
It was written over a course of 10 years, got out now and then as I felt healthy or happy. I cannot write comedy when I feel sad, unfortunately my life has not been one of fun. So the process of finishing the book was very long. The third part of it is coming along much faster, flowing in fact!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The feeling of wanting to put my work out and not being able to get it out made me do it myself. Selling books is all down to advertising and that costs money, I have very little, so doing it this way means I get a chance.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I write I like to make a person see what I view inside my brain, the joy is creating a scene in which a person feels they are part of. Or creating a character that people feel could actually exist, someone they can relate to either in a positive or a negative way.
What are you working on next?
I am adding a third book to the Kevin series. I am also writing a thriller, a collection of poems, and a screen play.
What is your writing process?
My process is simple, I sleep badly my brain never shuts down so I get a few hours sleep a night. While I am laid there twiddling my thumbs I think up stories, situations in my head, then the next day I write them down.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. Lord Of The Rings: J. R. R. Tolkien was a visionary, no one has in my mind been able to create a world out of words like he did. Everything gels, nothing was forgotten, his heart and soul are in those stories. 2. Anything by Roald Dahl, his attention to detail was amazing, he would see the slightest things that others would miss, paired with his humour...utterly magical. 3. The adventures of Winnie The Pooh: A wonderful collection of tales for the young and old, how A. A. Milne chose to end the book amazed me, it was almost cruel. As I child I never understood why the tales ended the way they did, it stayed with me, one could say ´scarred´ me. 4. The collective works of Lord Byron: He was a deviant but also a very eloquent man. I find his writing soothing and beautiful. He was a man of extremes, full of love, but full of sin. 5. Love Poems by Brian Patten, he writes very much the way that I write poems. Again he likes details, he makes the reader ´feel´.
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