Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Belfast in the 70's and 80's. It was a violent place but not nearly as bad as the drama queens of TV news would have you believe. I learned to be street msart at an early age to be unafraid of things that other people say are scary. I had a very happy and normal childhood and there is nothing that I would change about it. When I had had enough of Belfast, I left and wasn't afraid to sample what the world had to offer. I think tha that is probably the best thing that you can say about any place. My parents had a similar outlook. When you are unafraid of real life, your experience grows every day and when your experience grows, you have more to write about.
Why do you let the reader set the price for your books?
I actually state in my profile that I would prefer that all readers download my books for free and then pay for a second copy only if they enjoyed the book. I let readers set the price for all of my books because there have been times in my life when I literally had no money and I would have been glad to get some entertainment for free and there have been times when I would happily have paid more for entertainment if the cashier's desk had been at the exit and not the entrance. If you're strapped, just change the recommended price to US$0.00 and read the book. I hope that you enjoy it. Most people are essentially good and fair so if you enjoyed it and can't afford to pay now and you reach a time in your life when you can affrd to pay for the experience, you can pay then. If you forget, don't worry. I know that you probably meant to and just let it slide. It happens. If you do pay, you'll be subsidising my attempt to get my books into print. I love a book that I can hold and so do many others but I'm not going to print anything until there is some demand. When I do print, I'm not going to make more profit than I do from my e-books, so hardcover will probably only cost what most publishers charge for a paperback and a paperback will probably cost as much as a decent sandwich. Some have described my pricing policy as suicidal but I know that anyone who pays does so because they actually enjoyed what I gave them and not because I made them pay at the door. I know that my paying readers are happy and that makes me happy because the price that is paid is the evidence of a connection that has been made and not of a demand that has been obeyed.