Writing gives me great pleasure and allows me to express myself and bring my ideas, characters and plots to life
What do your fans mean to you?
People who are interested in both me and my work
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on a fast paced Spy/Thriller fiction novel loosely based in London with some excellent characters. But who knows where this manuscript may lead and change
Who are your favorite authors?
I like Stephen King and JK Rowling
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Work is a good motivator as that is what pays the bills. But I'm a very breakfast person and usually wake up in desperate need of caffeine and food. I generally drinking coffee in the winter and tea in the summer, food wise it's whatever I can grab. Have been know to eat left over curry and pizza for breakfast.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Where a writer is not suppose to be ie Twitter and youtube. I love photography and venture into parks grabbing snaps of what I can and London has so many parks to offer. I used to go to gym but this is off limits at the moment, my excuse is I haven't got time. Sometimes cook, decorate, mop the floor, paint the home, do the washing and generally anything procrastinating my writing, it just happens. Sometimes researching for my writing can sometimes be an excuse not to write too.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
This would have been at school, which I wrote many pieces but I don't remember my first story
What is your writing process?
I actually love my writing process and it's what keeps me writing, and it really does. But there is part of me that says 'You shouldn't write like this' I've never had a full outline of the story written down and it would probably save me much valuable time having to go back and change things, which I do a lot.
What actually happens is I have some sort of a story outline in my head, usually a plot and a couple of characters and then start writing. And then a miracle happens, visions, scenarios, plots and ideas come out of thin air and usually at inconvenient times and I jot them down in my phones notebook to type them into my manuscript later. With this method I can never write in order, in fact when I open up scrivener (the writing software I use) I'm adding these notes to chapters all over the manuscript. I've never been able to explain how or where these ideas come from but they are particularly helpful when stuck on a plot, scene or character. The answer seems to come, eventually.
I never write in order, I keep toing and froing throughout the manuscript and I find this fun. In fact the the first line I wrote in this current novel was the last line of the book. I guess you could say I am a messy writer but is sure is fun.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
We had been reading this book in class at school called Cider with Rosie by Gwen Grant. This one stayed in my mind as the author Gwen Grant actually came to our school to do a talk in our class. I don't remember too much about the story but always fancied the idea of writing a book and that thought never went away.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love to read fast paced and action Crime/Spy/Thriller novels
Describe your desk
I like to write in different places, sometimes writing in bed or on the sofa so not to get into habits of only writing at my desk otherwise there is a danger of it becoming a chore like work.
But my desk is usually very empty and only a laptop, printed notes, a black pen and maybe a book or two. Personally think its better clear with no distractions.
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