About life, the people I have met and the things I have done.
Who are your favorite authors?
Bill Bryson, Charles Dickens, Guy de Maupassant, George Macdonald Fraser in no particular order.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My dogs, they howl!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
With my wife, walking the dogs, meeting people, watching football (soccer) and of course with my grandchildren.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Just browse and see what takes my fancy.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes it was about a friend who was a bit of a character, didn't publish it though.
What is your writing process?
Whenever I see or hear something that had possibilities I write.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I think it was from a children's Bible stories book about the time when God spoke to the young Samuel. I've been a worshipper ever since.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to get something relevant to what I have written.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I think the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson is my favourite, A Tale of Two Cities, Marley and Me, Clochemerle, The Vital Spark.
What do you read for pleasure?
The type of books I prefer are factual, in fiction I like a good laugh. The only newspaper I read is The National here in Scotland as it is the only one that tells the truth.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Either my tablet or laptop.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
This is the first I've tried.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Glasgow, Scotland is where I was born and live, it's a great place full of diverse characters. I like writing about people, their characteristics and for funny stories there is no place better than Glasgow.
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When did you first start writing?
When I started school and, you'll never believe this, it was by moving my finger through a box of sand. Bear in mind I wasn't yet five at the time.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I played football for a long time and worked for the Scottish football Association until I retired. The story I have written has a beginning and an end. I like that.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
To share what I know to others.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I've just started out and hopefully it will.
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