Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes the first story I ever read was called "Biggles" a boys book about a pilot of that name. he was an adventurous flyer. I remember the dialogue was so real I believed I was there!
How do you approach cover design?
So far I have chosen covers that refer to the story. e.g. "the case of the stolen rings" cover shows a small town policeman. Book 2 will show a Tudor style house, the story is called "the mysteries of Alba house. Book 3 shows a stone with a hole in it. the book is called Gregor's magic
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Book 1. The Secret. (power of positive thinking) Book 2.How the Scots invented the modern world. (highlights the great contribution made by Scots) Book 3. Treasure Island. (best children's book in my opinion) Book 4. Monturiol's Dream. (account of an incredibly advanced submarine technology in the 1800s) Book 5. One of our submarines. (true account of "S" class submarines in World War Two)
What do you read for pleasure?
British detective stories; History books
What is your e-reading device of choice?
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
None so far
Describe your desk
There is not a lot of room on my desk, it is cluttered with hand written pages, notes, my computer, a brass lamp and the accoutrements of an office desk. It has a file drawer on the left side with a collection of personal files and a drawer for "bits and bobs."
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in wartime London England. Many children played amongst bombed out sites and buildings damaged in air raids. War ended on May 8th 1945 and for the following two years I enjoyed school and leisure time with my family. My friends and I played detectives among other games and followed people to see what they were doing. We liked to think they were spies of some sort. I will always remember these days and feel they have some influence on these three books.
When did you first start writing?
10 years ago I started writing a book called "Things you should know about Scotland." - I still have not finished it! I get some good ideas from time to time and write other things delaying the first book.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The book that is currently published as, The case of the stolen rings is based on childhood experiences playing detective in London just after the war. It just occurred to me that the idea of a cat being used to steal trinkets would amuse children.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Having written these books and a desire to write more I tried many different publishers, but of course they rejected my work out of hand, so I decided ebook publishing could get my books in the hands of children to start with and if successful I would publish adult books the same way.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It is too soon to say, but Smashwords my be my best chance. Smashwords is not as easy as you would imply and the guide is too general but I will get there soon!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Completing the work.
What do your fans mean to you?
When I get some, other than my family I will consider their reactions most important of any rewards.
What are you working on next?
My current project is a book about two time travelers, one pursuing submarine development through the ages from 1623 and the other (his friend) pursuing flight.
Who are your favorite authors?
Nigel Tranter. Douglas Reeman. Steven Berry. Jack Whyte.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The good weather, the pleasant quiet neighborhood, my good wife, and the fact that I am in good health.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Painting (look up Danny Coghill, fine artist on Google) Reading
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I use the local library
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
What is your writing process?
I do not follow any process really, I think up ideas any time of the day or night than I start to hand write. some ideas fall flat but some yield a book of 20,000 or more words.
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