The dawn of a new day, living on a yacht in the Med gives a new vista almost every day. A quiet few hours in the cockpit with coffee all sorts of ideas flow into my head.
Who are your favorite authors?
PJ O'Rouke, Wilbur Smith, Alistair Maclean and Hammond Innes as well as all good action adventure writers
What are you working on next?
The sequel to 'Unitl the Fat Man Sings'. This will be the second book in a planned trilogy. I have also wrtten the first few pages of the third one to try and keep things in perspective
What's the story behind your latest book?
In the the run up to the peace process in Northern Ireland, a disillusioned IRA man wants to carry on fighting but with a completely new slant on the methods to be used. The potential is there to reduce Britain to a choatic mess moreso than could have done in the thirty years of the troubles in Ireland.
What is your writing process?
Many hours, days and weeks formulating in my head before writing direct into a computer. Some development does occur during the actual writing process.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
In rural Ireland, where a plethora of writers, story tellers and a wealth of humour have constantly existed.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The sheer futility of the established publishing route. The trail through agents, publishers, who essentially were not interested in your book unless you had been published already a 'Cattch 22' situation was a very dishearting situation. In mentioning that particular book, Joseph Heller said he could have papered his whole house with rejection notices and now the book is considered a classic!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Sailing to new ports, boat maintenance on my own yacht and others who need assistence. I am constantly meeting new people cruising around all with wonderful and scary stories of their own!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Normally by reference from providers and suggestions by the people I meet
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not really, I started writing when I was twelve and over fifty years has passed since then.. It was, however, only last year I published for the first time.
How do you approach cover design?
My son is a graphics designer, he read the book and from his impression the cover was produced. I was very pleased with the result.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
'Catch 22,', Joseph Heller for the humour, 'Puckoon,' Spike Milligan, for the lunacy, 'Treasure Island', Robert Louis Stevenson, for the boyhood dreams of adventure at sea, any of the Bond books, Ian Fleming, which I devoured as a child, 'The Cruel Sea, Nicholas Monserrat, for the stocisism and heroism at sea.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle, mostly for the ability to store so many books.
What do you read for pleasure?
Recently very little due to the time constraints of writing and living on board a yacht.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
'Business' cards fot the book which I pass out liberally on my travels.
Describe your desk
Stretched out on cockpit cushions with a laptop balanced on my legs looking out over the constantly changing sea.
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