My fans and readers mean everything to me, and if that sounds like a cliché it's because it's true. I am trying to build a following without a publisher, just using word of mouth in my local area, and social media beyond that. It's working, and it's hard work, but I believe fans won like this will stick with me longer, and we'll have a ball.
What are you working on next?
I am still writing Locksley, even though it is up on Smashwords. My next book will be for children.
Who are your favorite authors?
John Le Carré, Frederick Forsyth and all those spy thriller guys. Stephen King of course, and also female writers like Charlotte Mendelson.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Writing itself, and my readers, then my daughter and family! Laughs...
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Reviews, Kindle store and Smashwords.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, of course. I wrote it at home when I was 8 or 9, in pencil on coloured photocopy paper. It was about a flying bed, not that original, but I wrote it for me, not my teachers and that was the day I became a writer for life.
What is your writing process?
Chaos. I travel a lot, just commuting, but it takes up time that I use to write. I jot notes on my phone and laptop, and also in nice journals, but even on scraps of paper like train tickets.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No. I was affected and therefore influenced a lot by the Hobbit and Narnia, but they were books we did at school.
How do you approach cover design?
With fear. I have my covers done professionally now.
What do you read for pleasure?
Non-fiction, mainly history, to avoid too much cross pollination with my own fiction. But I also like to read literary fiction which is very different from my commercial stuff.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle Paperwhite, always the latest version as they are changing them so quickly at the moment. It's a must-have for me. But I also use their apps on my laptop, smartphone and tablet. I'm very much a child of the eighties and I love tech.
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