Life. I just enjoy most every minute of the day (hate shaving). My mother used to say that I had St. Vitus' dance (just can't sit still for one minute). I've tried flying lessons, panelist on a radio show, marathon running, boxing; and the jobs that I've had range from selling horse manure from the back of a truck (shoveling crap), through salesman, betting shop manager, construction worker, and Director of a manufacturing company. And, of course, there is a time set aside every day for writing.
Who are your favorite authors?
I don't have a particular favourite, but I do enjoy John Grisham, Mark Twain, Lee Child, Dickens, Frederick Forsyth, Mario Puzo. I guess the genre is fiction-adventure, thriller
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
At the moment, I'm setting up Excel spread sheets for a friend in the finance business. At present, in the U.K., most firms connected to the finance sector have to apply for the new regulatory licence being issued; the application is not a 'five-minute job'. When this is completed, I've a small furniture-making project in mind; furniture from wooden pallets, that is.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Simply by going on e book sites and searching by author or genre, or looking for something that may have been recommended.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yep. A short story that was published in a local newspaper. It was called 'Storm Warning'. The warning was a husband not picking up on the signals from his wife when he forgot their silver wedding anniversary. The storm came when she berated him for forgetting. For berating, read throwing pots and pans at him.
What is your writing process?
With a new story it begins by putting down my first thoughts on a plot, then starting the first paragraph, then simply letting it run and see where it takes me. On re-reads, I'll amend, alter, expand and add whatever it takes to create an interest and a 'wanting to run' with my story. I make a point of writing every day. I then leave the story for a fortnight, the run through it again. Invariably the glaring mistakes, or plot errors, that I missed on the writing leap out at me, and I correct them. I repeat that process three times before sending the story of for proofing.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
'The Thirty-Nine Steps', by John Buchan. I was a young kid in an industrial town in the north of England; The only grass I saw was that which grew through the crack in the pavement. Buchan's story took me to the beautiful highlands of Scotland, and him being chased through the heather by the police will live with me forever. As will David Balfour in Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Kidnapped'.
How do you approach cover design?
In the early days, it was simply a case of pick a design from an internet library. For my latest book, 'Speedy Emi', I used a professional artist, Jason Clark, who came up with the evocative picture on the front cover after reading my manuscript. I'll use Jason again; his professionalism shines through his work.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
'The Thirty-Nine Steps', 'Of Mice and Men', 'The Godfather', 'Bridges of Madison County', and 'The Stingray Shuffle'. All books by authors who do not litter the pages with adjectives or detract from the plot for one second. Anything that does not push the story along (without rushing it) is excess and is cut; or so it seems.
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything I read, unless it is a letter from the bank, is for pleasure. Being informed in books, is just as pleasurable as being entertained or amused.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
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