Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember that I learned to read quite early in life, but the first book that had any real impact on my choice of genres was Bob Shaw's book, Night Walk. It was probably not the first science fiction book I had read, but it was certainly the one that fired my interest in the genre.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
that question will get you completely different answers every time you ask it. It all depends on what I have been reading lately or what books are on my 'to read' list. Currently I would have to add the Tiffany Aching series by Terry Pratchett in that list, as well as the likes of Elizabeth Moon's Serano series. I would add the Harry Potter books, Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe stories and Robin Hobb's Farseer books. Do you see some trend in that lot, I like a story that develops over a good series of book. don't get me wrong, there are many singleton stories that have grabbed my interest over the years, but in more recent times it's the well plotted, well written series, with a depth of back stories and counter themes etc that interest me. Not that I will be able to match such works, I don't pretend to be that good.
When did you first start writing?
Not long after I was forced to retire due to a long (and losing) fight with tinnitus.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I started with a Sony PR 650 (I think that was the model number), but I just about wore it out with use, I am now on my second Android tablet, a Samsung Galaxy Tab2 10.1, running Aldiko Premium as the e-reader and Calibre Companion to download from Calibre on my laptop.
Describe your desk
Scrapyard Challenge meets the World War Three . . . . say no more
What's the story behind your latest book?
Pure greed, I just had this idea one day to explore what might happen if a random accident gave a very powerful and greedy man the opportunity to realise his greediest scheme, and Greed was born within a couple of hours. The book I'm working on now comes from an old curse 'I hope you wake up dead, some day'. and David does...
What are you working on next?
I currently have two ideas in the mill, but one is on the back burner, waiting for the characters to make their minds up about what they want to do next... The other is another short story, though not as short as Greed, thank goodness! It comes from an idea about someone's day starting badly, and just gets worse - what could happen next? I decided that something completely different should happen, something life-changing, maybe life-threatening, but definitely life-affirming. It's the story of hellion twin 11 year old girls, whose parents are the ultimate career ladderists and who find themselves in a bit of a fix, as they say. It's the story of what happens next...
Who are your favorite authors?
Again, another of those questions that will get a different answer depending on when you ask it. Right at this moment in time I would say it's between Elizabeth Moon, for her Serrano series, and Bill Baldwin for his Helmsman space opera. In the past I have favoured Asimov (for his robots), Bernard Cornwell (for the Sharpe series), Piers Anthony (Xanth, of course), plus the usual suspects, Eddings, Gemmel, Banks, etc. However, there is one name that has for a long time been, and will always be, on my bookshelf, Terry Pratchett. I once heard a one-liner, on an old comedy album, that applies to Terry, "I Don't know why that man has to write, he could have so much fun just sitting around, and thinking!" My hopes are that he can sit around thinking for many more years, best wishes, Terry.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Mainly my wife, wanting some little job done, or the dogs, trying to lie on top of me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My other main hobby is turning good DIY projects into piles of sawdust and firewood!
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