Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I started growing up in Toronto, then moved to Downpatrick in Northern Ireland. I was 14, fairly weedy, but N.I. toughened me a little. I was already tempered to a multicultural society in Toronto, so I didn't attach myself to either 'side' of the Northern Irish conflicts, and happily floated between groups. I like to think I have a balanced and fair view, but I guess everyone thinks that. N.I. has so many little cultural enclaves with unique words and phrases, and this supports the idea that there is no such thing as a 'wrong word', just words that aren't clear at first.
When did you first start writing?
I can't remember. I wrote little stories when I was very young, but I've tried to keep a broad imagination. Grown-ups are so serious, it's sad sometimes.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I knew I could do it myself. My ego would certainly love the exposure from 'real' publishers, but when you have something you want to share, you don't always mind how it gets out there.
Who are your favorite authors?
Tolkien and Dickens, but I'm a big fan of the written word in general; relatively easy to please.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
If I know I can get writing early in the day, that. If not, I might really need a pee.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting drawn into the world I've created, believing for a brief moment it's real.
What do your fans mean to you?
Without fans there is no success. No success equals an unhappy writer.
What do you read for pleasure?
History; Ireland, WW1, Edwardian era, perhaps some contemporary fiction, something that flows easily. A bit of action is good.
What is your writing process?
Write it down, feel it out, throw most of it away, and write again.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Doing normal things like cooking dinner and worrying about writing.
How do you approach cover design?
Stare at a blank Photoshop document and weep.
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