I have a long train commute to work each day. As it's early in the morning and fairly quiet, I have the opportunity to write in comfort with a flask of strong coffee close to hand. When I'm drafting a story I make notes and create a fairly solid plan before being let loose on Microsoft Word.
When did you first start writing?
While I was at school I had no interest in writing, it wasn't until I was working that I decided to have a go at doing a distance learning course. After that, I was hooked!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To create something that even just one person would be happy to read.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love watching films, mainly Hitchcock movies, Film-Noir, Gangster films. The stories I write are heavily influenced by these. I also play the guitar. Finally, I love spending time with my family.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Real life gangster stories like Tough Jews and Crimebusters are better than fiction. Fabulous reads about American Gangsters. Damned United, Get Carter and American Tabloid are gritty thrillers.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use the Kindle app on my mobile phone. It's great for magazines and short stories.
What do you read for pleasure?
A lot of non-fiction. Sport books on Leeds United and Boxing. Books on music and films for reference. With fiction it has to be crime thrillers - the darker the better and factual crime books.
What are you working on next?
I have few short stories to complete - a Private Eye trying to retrieve a stolen painting, a man trying to find out who's double crossed him and finally a man who is trying to get his wife murdered.
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