Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, the book is called "Mysteries of Unknown" by C. Miller (1977)
How do you approach cover design?
I just ensure my cover relates directly to the content of the book. I try not to get the reader to think any more than needed.
What do you read for pleasure?
Ghost stories, philosophy, and technical texts
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew-up in Sunderland. My grandparents' house was supposedly haunted. This fed my creativity for writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The latest book is the "Mithered Lad". It's a unique ghost story that introduces the Mithered Lad, an odd spectre, to the wider world. It includes a lot of new material previously unheard. The particular story centres upon the Cotton Club, one of the many names for the once flagship pub for the Royal Oak Brewery in Stockport. It was active on Hillgate until the late-1950s.
The source is a local man who never moved from the area, and he kindly gave us an oral historical account of this ghostly entity. The local man is not a writer and does not read about supernatural events. So, his first hand account appears to be original. Even with further research we have not found any other information on this ghost on the internet or any other resources in our vast repository. Conceding that there are a few other locals who know of the tale. This demonstrates how little known the story is but at the same time. It helps give more credence to the story. Indeed, it is probably safe to say that only a handful of people would have ever heard this recollection of events outside the area, until now.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It helps exercise my creativity for my day job: programming and problem solving. Meanwhile, problem solving helps add logical rigor to my stories.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a book called the Stockport Ellipse; it's set to include stories about ghost pubs in Stockport.
Who are your favorite authors?
Poe, Lovecraft, James, and Dickens
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The chance to create.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I write software or socialise.
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