Stephen King (obviously), George Orwell, Scarlett Thomas, Chuck Palahniuk
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My son Jude and not just because he's kicking me in the head. I want to be a good example to him.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
The day job (sadly) and when I'm not there I'm either hanging out with my family, reading or out running.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I remember writing was a fan fiction (although I was about eight so I didn't know the term) of The Real Ghostbusters cartoon. Someone had bought me a Ghostbusters notebook and pencil set and I wrote a story about Slimer getting a badge. The first story I remember "publishing" was called Fat Cat and it was a series of adventures about a fat cat who was also a secret agent (or something). There were about ten stories in total, all inspired by films like Jurassic Park and Back to the Future I designed a cover and printed it out on our family computer.
What is your writing process?
Not nearly as organised as I would like. I write everywhere but at the moment I seem to do most of it on my phone while holding my son.
How do you approach cover design?
I generally have an idea of what I want but then I either can't find the right images or my limited skills in graphic design hold me back. I do love the process though.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle but I've also been known to use my phone and iPad.
Describe your desk
Most days my desk is my lap. I do have a nice old fashioned desk but I'm rarely at it these days.
When did you first start writing?
I can't remember a time when I didn't write. I guess I started to take it seriously when I was doing my GCSEs and one of the things we had to do was write a monologue. We studied Alan Bennett and I think that's when I first realised that you could make a living doing this. Then I thought that I would become a screen writer and went to college to study that for four years. By the time I left though I was ready to get back to short stories and novels which was always my passion.
What's the story behind your latest book?
City in the Fire was simply inspired by a walk home from work one summer evening a couple of years ago. As I recall it was a warm summer day and the air smelled of smoke. It was probably just a bonfire or barbecue but it made me wonder what would happen if a whole city was on fire. Which is what I ended up writing.
What are you working on next?
Currently I'm still writing a novella which will either be called 'After the End' or 'Haven'. It's a post-apocalyptic story about survival. Post-apocalyptic is one of my favourite genres to write in so I'm having a lot of fun with it. Editing wise I will be moving on to a story currently called 'The Island' next.
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