Love Stephen King, James Herbert and the legendary Roald Dahl. I'm into some of the classics too such as H.G.Wells and George Orwell, lots of fun to be had there.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Escapism, plain and simple. The fantasy lands in my own mind can be shaped every time I sit down at the keyboard. It's a good way to pass the time, telling stories to myself.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Christ Almighty....yes I do. The first short story I ever wrote was about my dog Vicki and her best friend which was a cat. I was about five at the time. I wrote lots of stuff in school which got me a fair amount of gold stars. My first stab at serious writing was a story called Immortality Loop which was about time travel. It stunk, but it started to seed the idea for Pharmacon, which became my publishing debut
What is your writing process?
If I get an idea, I will sit down and write about it. If the idea is worthy then the story will grow out of it. I don't plan at all, I just write and let the story lead the way.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I have always been a reader from an early age, but the book that really got me hooked was Pet Semetary by Stephen King. My Mum was responsible for getting me hooked on that one. I think it still stands up today as one of his best and darkest works I have read. I didn't want to keep reading it, but I had to, it was just too good to put down.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I like my trusty old Kindle. I find it so much easier than reading on a tablet such as the ipad etc. and the battery life is a thing of beauty.
Describe your desk
An absolute shit tip. I share it with an eleven year old daughter who has no inclination of where the bin is.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Macclesfield Cheshire. I had a riches to rags kind of upbringing. I have been one of the underclasses for many years now. I like to write about people like that, ordinary working folks who graft hard and get little reward. I can't find any merit in reading about, nor writing about people who already have well paid jobs and live in the heart of London etc. The fantasy land of becoming rich always fascinated me. It changes a lot of people. In my début book Pharmacon my protagonist inherits a substantial fortune. I tried to explore the falseness of people who flock to guys who have money. It's amazing how many people come out of the dark corners when you have a few quid in your pocket.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It was just time to give it a shot. Who knows what can happen? Well, nothing happens if you don't give it a shot.
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