When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Aside from the day job, and raising my son; I enjoy many little geeky things, like watching Movies, and TV, as well as Video Games, and reading. I enjoy the books of Terry Pratchett, Stephen King, and Robert Louis Stevenson.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote, was short story called the 'Island of Mystery', which was about a group of four friends, whose plane crashes on an island, and they have to work their way through a temple riddled with puzzles in order to escape the island. I was around eleven, perhaps even younger, when I wrote it.
What is your writing process?
I normally come up with a single line, or a single moment from the book, entirely randomly. From there, the whole story begins to unfold. I scribble notes in a notebook, and I get fair idea of where the story is going to go, but I don't plan every detail, as I like to be swept away as the story grows of its own accord.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first book that I ever read, I just remember always being an avid reader. But the book that I remember having the biggest impact on me was "Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson, which to this day remains my favourite book. I remember falling in love with the setting and the characters. The way Stevenson writes the dialogue of his characters, and their mannerisms feel so organic and unique, and become characters that you never forget.
How do you approach cover design?
Like the writing itself, it normally begins with a single image in my mind. I'm quite handy with Photoshop, and for everything I don't know how to do, there's Google. I'll start tinkering with the idea, and changing bits and pieces until it looks the way I want it. I find it ends up with a very organic feel that way.
What do you read for pleasure?
I'll read anything. I'll get hooked by a great cover, or a catchy blurb, or title. If it grabs my attention, I'll give it a go.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle Paperwhite. It's a fantastic little device, and the battery lasts forever on it.
Describe your desk
I have a really cool desk built in, just off my living room. Although, at the moment it's very cluttered, and my cat seems to have overthrown me as Lord of the desk.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Welsh Valleys, which is very beautiful place, and you're normally surrounded by mountains and trees on all sides. I feel very uneasy anywhere flat, and without mountains. Most of my books tend to take place in paces surrounded by mountains, or trees.
What's the story behind your latest book?
'The Last Wolf' is an idea I've playing with for nigh on 10 years. It was always a Western, but the story and the characters have changed so much over time. At first, the protagonist was Male, and the story centered more on the American Civil War. It takes a while for an idea to fully gel in my mind, and they normally go through so many changes in the process.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I write for myself. I write the kind of stories that I want to read, and sometimes others want to read them too, which is great. Writing is amazing fun for me, and I love sharing my work with the world; if someone reads and enjoys my books, then that's great, if they don't, well, that's okay too.
What are you working on next?
My next project is a Mystery / Thriller, which is something a little bit different for me, as I've yet to venture into that genre. But I'm very excited by the idea. It's all planned out, and I'm about to sit down and begin writing it.
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