Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on Air Force bases and attended a boarding school in Northumberland. My writing has often touched on questioning what -and where- home is and how this affects identity. My first novel Gibbous House addresses both of these themes.
When did you first start writing?
Like most people I wrote far too many angst-ridden pieces in my teens. When I turned 40 I picked up a pen and wrote scatalogical nonsense to while away long operational flights over sundry conflicts. I didn't really start writing until I did the Open University creative writing diploma in 2005.
What's the story behind your Smashwords book?
It's a set of fictionalised accounts based on my early Air Force career in Cold War Berlin. It's more Carry On Spying than James Bond, but then it was.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Publishers do not need another fictionalised account of someone's twenties. I doubt anyone would be interested in short stories in this style. So I thought I'd get them out there myself.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It has helped in that my name is on the internet as a Smashwords author; and that gives people a starting point for my writing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Knowing that no-one else could have written exactly what I did: of course, that's not necessarily a good thing!
What do your fans mean to you?
Those who have contacted me are the people I look to please in my writing. The encouragement and advice they offer is invaluable.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a sequel to the novel Gibbous House, which is doing the rounds of publishing agents now.
Who are your favorite authors?
Dickens, Bulgakov, anyone who contravenes at least some of the basic tenets of creative writing. That said - I loved Elmore Leonard.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The blank page. It's a metaphor for the day and the real reason at one and the same time.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Observing, and reading better writers than me.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Twitter and Facebook recommendations.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It's in the Smashwords collection 'In the Mouth of the Bear' - 'Nightclubbing'.
What do you read for pleasure?
What is your e-reading device of choice?
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