Well, I spent about 6 months planning the entire quadrilogy, and now, the third is being written. The story delves into the past of God and the Devil, who turns out to be a woman by the name of Lucia. (I chose Lucia because when people refer to the Devil as Lucifer what they're really saying is Lucia's fire -Hell) Lucia was God's (Named Deus - Latin for God/Deity) lover. Deus had spent an inordinate amount of time trying to create the 'perfect' race. He was never happy, and it was his greed that he passed to the humans who can never have enough, they will always want more - be it land, building, parking lots, shopping malls etc. After Deus exiled her from Heaven for sabotaging this by creating a snake that tempted the first humans, Adam and Eve, to eat from the forbidden tree. You'll find out more if you read the book - I don't want to give away everything!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I realised I could be my own editor, designer, market and distributor, I did not need someone else's opinion on whether it was good enough to publish, and I've since become a dark fantasy bestselling author!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read was The BFG by Roald Dahl. I was fascinated by the way he wrote, the ability to keep you hanging onto every page. Words have a very powerful effect, and seeing it I believe is what made me very first love writing.
How do you approach cover design?
For a lot of people, I know it's very difficult. I used CreateSpace to design the cover for my second book, the cover for my first book was designed by Hannah Purkiss, a cover designer for Rowanvale Books. The third book, which is currently being written as we speak, is being designed by my best friend and artist/illustrator who will be taking on each cover for every new book.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My favourite books are: The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R Tolkien because they're so full of fantasy and description and it's beautifully written. Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling because she has a very unique style that really captures the emotions of people and their courage. Assassin's Creed - Oliver Bowden because I love a good assassin book and this tops them all, the attention to description is amazing.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read fantasy books. When I read, I love to be somewhere else, somewhere that I can't go to if I take a train, somewhere that shows me anything is possible.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
The most effective marketing strategies for me has been the use of Twitter. Without that, I doubt I would have become a bestselling author.
Describe your desk
My desk is actually quite small. I have a flexi red lamp in the left corner, a picture frame of me and my girlfriend, my laptop in the very center and two computer speakers either side. On the drawer, I have a USB keyboard and mouse so I don't have to stretch to the back of my desk - it hurts my back.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up moving all around the east UK. I'd lived in 15 different houses by the time I was 18. I think the constant change of scenery has helped me with showing my characters in different places, rather than limiting them to one area.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing 7 years ago, when I was 11. I met the author of Gran's Gang and other funny stories- Adrian Townsend and he really influenced and sparked my dream of being a writer.
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