I first started writing at a very young age, but realised I might have a talent for it at around the age of 13 when my english teacher read something I had written out to the class she was that impressed with it. Since then, I've been unable to stop myself from writing.
Who are your biggest influences?
I've always been a big Stephen King fan. You can learn a lot about plotting and characters from just reading one of his books. Just pick up the Shining or Salem's Lot and you'll see. For would be writers of any genre, his On Writing is a bible. For some raw horror, there's James Herbert. I remember seeing the cover for his books when I was very young and just being terrified of them even before I could read. Even the titles are in your face chilling: The Dark, The Rats.... His writing is graphic at times with a gritty edge. I've also been drawn to Philip Rickman with his subtle approach to horror and strong characters. The Merrily Watkins series are a highlight.
How do you write a novel?
Stephen King said by writing one word at a time. I'm not one for planning out in great detail. But I do believe you need to know the story before you start. It's important to know what your story is. I like to have a rough idea of how it will end and what exactly it's about. But things change as I write, but that's okay because it keeps me interested. I find I put plot above characters because the plot often invites the characters to come and play...
How long does it take you to finish a novel?
For my last two novels it took 3 months for a first draft then another 3 months on the second draft. I'll normally only go back to it for a read over and final edit a few months later so it's a little fresher. Normally I end up hating what I've just finished but after a few months when I go back I realise it's not as bad as I thought.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Frustration with the publishing world in that it doesn't seem to be changing with the times. Self publishing is an exciting thing right now and there's so many possibilities. I like having full control, like I'm running my own business.
What is your horror novel, Father's Song, about?
What if your child's favourite nursery rhyme is about the bubonic plague and death?
Ring a Ring 'o Roses…
Jessica's suffering has opened the door to Father who thrives on pain. He is remembered in seemingly innocent songs sung by children through the ages. Now Jessica must face Father as she comes to terms with the real monster of her past.
Dani Blake closed the door through suicide, but is there another way to silence Father's Song?
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