I tend to let books chose me rather than search out books - from here it's a matter of letting my fingers do the walking.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yeh, it was a fantasy story. I look back at it now and cringe and my flagrant disregard for the appropriate position of commas.
What is your writing process?
I try and write everyday - even if it's making plot notes it all helps. I believe that there is a part of my brain that works on my stories while another section of my brain is doing the day to day stuff. If i'm stuck on a plot point, usually after a few days i have figured it out. Once a plot is written (in my notebook by hand) then it's just a matter of puling my finger out and actually writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yeh one of the early ones was The Hobbit. I was complete enamored by the world created. I then went on to read Lord of the Rings in about a week. I was so engaged in that world, that i even read it in the shower, putting the book in a freezer bag - don't judge me. I had to take walks to get my brain back to the real world.
How do you approach cover design?
I have very little graphic design skills so i approach it by checking my bank balance to see if i can afford to pay someone. It's an area i should improve in, but whatever limited time i have i like to spend actually writing, not working out how to use Photoshop.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
In no particular order:
Lord of the Rings - Incredible transformation to another world. Misery - I literally couldn't put it down. Great characters and great use of different voices. The narration of the story plus the story being written to save his own life is masterful story telling. God Hates us All - The story based on the TV show Californication. Hilarious and heartfelt. 11/22/63 - King just has a way to tell stories that keeps you completely enthralled. Bright Lights Big City - The only story I've ready in second person narrative and i found utterly engaging.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like reading online articles. Rolling Stone Magazine is a favorite, not to mention Superman comics.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I don't really have one, but if i do its my iPhone. I much prefer the feel and smell of a tactile book.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Well i've only published two eBooks, so i'll tell you in six months if i sell more than to just my friends and family.
Describe your desk
Empty coffee cups.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in suburban Adelaide in the North East. I guess it impacts me in the sense that i try and set my stories no where near there. I like the idea of travelling to other places nowhere near home.
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