It wasn't a conscious decision, it just happened, I was reading a rhyming children's book to my two daughters when one of my daughters hit me with a pillow in the shape of a surfboard, that they had and I just started to adlib and I said "there was a young surfer that went to the beach. Boards on the roof and wetsuit in reach" I then thought, that sounds good, and so I wrote some more, and all of a sudden I had a story. And the rest is history and a lot of hard work to get it to print.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Every time I get to personally hand someone one of my books and they smile and are excited to read it I am stoked, its the most amazing feeling, and when I run into someone who has my book and reads it regularly well its just such a good feeling.
What are you working on next?
I have a few projects on the go, I am starting a publishing business, writing a set of fifteen short stories, the second in the Stunno series and a novel about a bunch of surfers. I am also putting together a poetry book about dealing with the day to day issues of having a neurological condition, as I have Essential Tremor.
Who are your favorite authors?
My two favourite authors are Tolkien and Anne Rice, I regularly go back to their books and read them again and again.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family and the chance to find a few minutes to write a story, some poetry and the chance encounter of running into someone who loves my book :)
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I surf, I love the ocean and the beach and drive for more than two hours to get to better surf when its pumping and then drive home two hours back in that same day. Some call me nuts, but I call myself committed.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was a short sci fi for school, called space station 19, and it was terrible.
What is your writing process?
Sit in front of the computer relax and type, I don't plan anything, I write and then go back over what I have written and rewrite a lot of it.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I very rarely read e-books, I prefer to hold a book in my hands, surprises a lot of people when I say that as up until last year I ran an IT Support business and sat in front of the computer all the time.
Describe your desk
Messy, two coffee cups , paperwork overlapping the edge of the two screens, my beanie sitting on the corner of the desk, its winter after all, and a dodgy mouse mat to the right, and set of gaming headphones next to that.
When did you first start writing?
I have been an avid reader but I did not start writing till 2014, I guess I never thought I had a novel in me, but here I am, one children's book released, a short story about to be released. And a novel half way through. And loving every second I sit down to write.
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