I first started writing at around the age of 15, when I was asked by my English tutor to write a short story based on a synopsis he gave to the whole class. Needless to say my story was rather twisted with dead bodies hanging up on ropes and blood. I'm sure my tutor thought I was very strange even then!
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Possession Of Clearwater Falls tells the tale of 2 buddies who go on a camping trip to Hawkswood Forest, Clearwater Falls. They become lost on a recce from the tent they have made in the forest and are "saved" by an old man, who sits them down and tells them the tale of Ashley MacGregor and his burning at the stake. Ashley is resurrected as one of the undead by a witch. There are demons, werewolves and zombies too with a healthy bit of erotica chucked into the melting pot. I write about anything and nothing is taboo, even if it offends.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Indie authorship gives you the tools to write, produce and publish a book from your own home. I don't believe I would ever have been able to publish my novella years ago without the help of Smashwords. Indie authorship allows a person carte blanche and whilst some would see this as a hindrance as you have no editor per se, I see it as pretty cool as it allows me to write the most twisted stuff I can come up without someone shouting at me "Hey, that's too rude, cut this, cut that, blah de blah".
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy for me is being able to come up with new characters, new environs and creating life in literary form. There are so many tales to tell and putting pen to paper allows one to express themselves in their own way, even if it's abnormal.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean the world to me. They're the first people to point out if they're happy with my output and they offer me honest and constructive criticism. They also help promote my books on social media too, so I love them for that! :-)
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on two stories, which I'm hoping to either develop into either novellas or full blown novels. They are: U.K. Zombie - Escape From London, fairly self explanatory by the title, which I am developing into a full blown series and The Block, which tells the tale of Danny, who moves into a new apartment block, following the break up of his mother and father. Danny is attacked both physically and mentally by a poltergeist, and as the story unfolds Danny is lead in all directions on a hunt to find out who the poltergeist is and why he is being targeted by it.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are Richard Laymon, H.P.Lovecraft, Bram Stoker, Stephen King, Amy Cross, Clive Barker and Guy N. Smith.
They all have different styles and each writer portrays horror in a totally different way, which is both refreshing and motivating. If I was to describe my writing style I would say it was similar to King with a mixture of director Jess Franco's work. If you know Jess Franco, then when you read one of my novellas it will become fairly self explanatory!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I have a normal day job just like you!
I spend time with my daughter and we have 3 dogs, 2 staffs and a golden retriever and 2 cats, one who lives indoors and one who refuses to come in!!!
I used to have aspirations to become a singer, but thank the lord I woke up and smelt the coffee!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I search through Smashwords and Amazon and normally my searches involve the words horror, ghosts, erotica, demons, witchcraft, paranormal, zombies etc.
I have been a fan of the horror genre for 30 years so searching isn't that hard for me.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not really, it was the one I wrote for my teacher at school and unfortunately the exercise book it was in is long gone. My bad!
How do you approach cover design?
I am lucky enough to have an awesome cover designer who designed the The Possession Of Clearwater Falls cover called Andy Soar.
If you like my cover please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
He is an awesome designer and I highly recommend him!!!
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