Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in England. My parents read a lot of books from the public library, which I guess rubbed off on me because from the age of seven—the minimum age of membership—I was never without a book to read. Books became an essential part of my life. I was born to be an artist, I love drawing and painting, but somewhere along the way I gave it up; it's hard to be a painter with rambunctious children running around the house. The urge to create pictures survived, however, and now I paint pictures with words.
What do you enjoy most about writing
The joy of creating characters with all the idiosyncrasies and quirks that make them real to me. Building worlds in which they can act and where I can present ideas in an interesting and dramatic way.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I started reading fantasy novels a few years ago after scorning the genre for decades. Thanks to writers like Marion Zimmer Bradley, Stephen R. Lawhead, and Mary Stewart, I realized I really like them and decided to try one of my own.
What do you read for pleasure?
At the moment, Fantasy and the occasional Science Fiction novel.
When did you first start writing?
About twenty years ago
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The anticipation of work, after breakfast and a nice cup of tea.
What are your favorite books, and why?
The Urantia Book. Not only has it given me an expanded view of God and the universe, it has changed my whole outlook on life for the better. Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace. An amazing book. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. It's one of those books that stays in your mind long after you've read it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
'Doing housework and cooking. 'Playing' on my computer, either games, surfing, doing research, or reading the news.
How do you approach cover design?
D.I.Y I have some art and design training.
Describe your desk
It's white and all my equipment and accessories are black. It's reasonably tidy, but a bit dusty. In front of me is a terracotta wall with a group of paintings.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had been submitting to publishers for years, receiving plenty of praise and encouragement, but no offers. Nowadays writer are in a double bind, publishers won't accept submissions unless they are made by agents, and most agents only accept published authors, or want to be paid up front. Then along came indie publishing.
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