Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the countryside, in a little village just south of Oxford, England. It was great for kids, as it had a playground, very little traffic, and lots of rolling fields to disappear into and have adventures in! When I was a teenager I enrolled in lots of character-building activities, such as Scouts and Air Cadets. This gave me a healthy respect for discipline and the chain of command, not to mention an excellent insight into the work and lives of our armed services.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing only a year ago, although I had been thinking about it for the past three years. Once I had the idea, I had a little bit of a manic episode, writing almost 130,000 words over three weeks (9pm to 3am every evening)! Then I spent nine months editing it, and the result is my first book, Sentry.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The idea was for an electronically-driven form of life, whereby the atoms have accidentally coalesced into an organic computer with some basic instincts. From there, I wondered what might happen if someone with a dark ego stumbled across it, and what they would do with the immense power it would provide.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to leave a legacy - plain and simple.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are everything, of course! Without fans, I'm not an author.
What are you working on next?
I have been working on a ghost story and a story about a man with some amazing abilities, set in the present day (not a superhero story!), however I'm most interested to write a sequel to Sentry at the moment - I'd like to make it bigger, better, and more thought-provoking than the original.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, Isaac Asimov and Frank Herbert.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The bills! I'm self employed, so the sooner I get started, the sooner I can relax and make a curry!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I run a full-time Martial Arts Academy in Oxford, England, called Rising Spirit Academy. There we help individuals and families achieve their full potential, using a unique personal development programme based around a modern Martial Arts framework. I also have three small children who are happy to let me fill in any gaps with them. Oh, and making curry.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I use the review system - I think it's by far the most reliable source of information. The internet is my favourite invention of the last hundred years (if you don't count all the other inventions it took to make it possible!).
What is your writing process?
I like to start with a simple idea, introduce the characters, then allow the story to go where it will. For Sentry I had some basic ideas, but I always wanted to make sure the way the characters and story progressed was believable. Therefore, some ideas I had never made it to the page. It's as good an editing process as any, I think.
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Much more than simple Science Fiction, Sentry invites you to journey headlong into conflicting emotions associated with war, inequality, inter-racial romance, and possession of the ultimate destructive power.