Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Southend, a coastal town in the UK. We didn't have much money so we made our own amusement which often got us into trouble. I wasn't a good kid. The men in my stories are a bit rough, but that's like my own family and friends.
When did you first start writing?
I hated school so my writing wasn't great. After my brother and I went into care, I got help with writing so I could get out of my situation. I thought I'd be happier at a university. I used to write fantasies of what it would be like to be rich and live in London. I live in London now so I'm halfway there.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The same as every other book: a riff on the experiences I had with the men in my own family.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
No publisher would touch what I write. Amazon and iTunes won't publish anything I submit. I thought about toning it down and making the men stepfathers, stepbrothers, but I'd rather keep it real.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords gives the chance for ordinary people like me to get their stories out there. What more could a bloke ask for?
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I've carried around my experiences for a long time. I know other people are, too. I just need to get mine out there. I don't know why but it feels good to write it all down.
What do your fans mean to you?
I'm not sure I have fans. I don't get fan mail. My Tumblr blog was very popular. I got comments on there all the time. As far as my stories go, it takes a certain kind of bloke to like what I write. They think like me, I guess. That's special.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on the story of how my brother and I first slept together. It happened when I first came back from university. He was working at an amusement arcade on Southend seafront. I'll write another online game - the last one got good feedback.
Who are your favorite authors?
Clive Barker is my favourite author. I'm getting into Natty Soltesz, too.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Making money so I can pay the rent and go back to bed :)
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working. I'm addicted to working.
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