When I was a teen, the cyberpunk aesthetic of Final Fantasy 7 imprinted itself onto my mind. Not long after completing this epic videogame for the fifth time(!), I began listening to hiphop and scribbling down poems which were semi-autobiographical and covered themes of social injustice. I felt a desire to write a book and the budding concept was to express my own experiences in a Final Fantasy style setting. Many years passed and I got to scribbling until eventually I felt I was finished. [I'm not sure a book is ever truly finished!]
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The ability to create worlds, I become a god in my own mind!
What do your fans mean to you?
Without my fans,I would not have a writing career and my kids wouldn't eat! Just as importantly, my fans not only share my world, they breathe life into it. Without their enthusiasm and input, my world would be an empty and lonely place.
What are you working on next?
I am serialising two Sky City spin-offs on Wattpad. They are pretty sketchy so reader feedback is welcome. I'll give you guys a shout out in the completed versions if you can provide a useful critique. The links are on my profile page.
Who are your favorite authors?
Dean C. Moore William Gibson Frank Herbert
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My children and my enthusiasm for the next project. Great ideas come tome in my dreams and I jump out of bed to write them down!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Watching Cbeebies, it's awful!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I prefer to read indie authors now so I browse the web for sci-fi /fantasy e-books and read their samples first. I get very excited when I discover a great unknown author (and very frustrated they are not more successful!)
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember writing a book called Ernie the Turtle when I was seven. I can remember a ship being wrecked and that's about it! I also made Ernie the Turtle out of paper mache.
What is your writing process?
Obsession! My approach is 'too much is better than too little' so I lay it on as thick as possible then trim the excess. I like to use unusual words and experiment with syntax to create a dream-like feel. I also like to break science fiction conventions and embrace Arthur C.Clarke's third law: 'Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.'
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on an English council estate. The relative poverty and disenfranchisement created a sense of frustration which I've carried into my novels. Some of the events in Sky City are loosely based around my experiences as a teenager and a young man.
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