I am of Ghanaian descent and spent the first few years of my life in Ghana before moving to London which is where I have lived ever since. I completed an English Literature degree in 2000, and although I have always written in my spare time, I didn’t start writing full-time until a few years ago. My debut novel Dark Genesis was inspired by my thoughts on dehumanisation. I was fascinated by the ways in which people are able to dehumanise others, the impact it has on the psyche and whether it is possible for people to find their way back from being dehumanised. This led me to Luna and the ruins of a haunted chapel deep in the heart of Mississippi.
What inspires you to write?
I have a very vivid and active imagination and I love being able to bring an imaginary world, and people, to life on paper. It is the most rewarding thing when people contact me to let me know how real my characters and world have become to them or that they stayed up all night reading because they could not put one of my books down.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m not one of those authors who starts a novel without knowing where it is going or where it is going to end. I don’t write my plot down but I normally have a clear outline of my novel before I start writing. Sometimes what I have envisioned in my mind changes when I put it down on paper, but it usually remains close to my original outline.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Considering how real they have to be in my mind before I bring them to life on paper, talking to my characters seems like such a natural step. But, strangely enough, but I never talk to my characters.
What advice would you give other writers?
My advice would be to follow the muse. Don’t write something just because you think it is what other people want to read.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I tried traditional publishers but, like so many others, got nowhere. I decided to self-publish after reading an article about Amanda Hocking and the phenomenal success she achieved with self-publishing. I find it extremely rewarding and learn something new each time I publish a novel. I have also established my own imprint, Twenty Four Publishing, and this has opened so many doors for me as I now have the option to publish other people’s novels, something that provides unlimited opportunities for the future.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the future of book publishing is very bright. With the emergence of self-publishing so many authors who normally would not be able to get their work out there are able to do so without a traditional publisher. This can only be a good thing and means we will see a lot more original and ground breaking novels out on the market.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Fantasy, Historical, Romance, Contemporary Urban
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print