Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in various places. I'm not entirely sure the places influenced my writing as much as the people in my life have. In fact, thinking about it (for the first time ever) it's people who have influenced my writing not places. The people I'm close to and have known forever, they have a definite influence on my writing.
When did you first start writing?
Those who have known me from school days would say I've always written. I didn't start writing seriously until I was in my thirties.
What are you working on next?
I've just finished psychobyte - the 8th byte novel. Am currently working on a longish short story from SA Sam Jackson's point of view.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Not a question I understand ... when I'm not writing? Really? That happens? Oh, hang on, I spent a weekend not writing earlier this winter. I went away and had a really great time with friends.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I do. It was fan fiction. I was 13. My best friend and I spent a few years writing a really long fan fiction story about our favorite band. It was so much fun. Not sure what happened to all out notebooks, no doubt they're around somewhere.
What is your writing process?
My process is fairly simple. A question pops into my head, can be anything. The most recent question was, "Where are you?" From that a story grows. When I first hear the question I don't always know who is asking it or who they're asking it of - but as I start to write it all becomes clear. That's the easy answer. What really happens is ... I hear a question and see a scene unfold. As I write more scenes play out in front of me. I never really know where the story is going or how it will end or even who will still be alive at the end. I scrawl notes in a notebook if I can't get to my laptop, sometimes it's a single word other times it's whole scenes. It's fun. I teach people to do in depth character maps and plot outlines, at the writing workshop I host every fortnight, but I don't use them. I prefer to just write and see where the story takes me. Sometimes it takes a lot of faith. But it all works out in the end. :)
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