And then his mid-life crisis kicked in.
Realising that life was in danger of becoming all too serious, Ben started writing. Not in the way that Forest Gump started running, but at least he started.
He wrote on steamed up mirrors in the bathroom to make his children smile. Eventually he graduated to making up stories to entertain his kids at bed-time.
For some reason his boys didn’t seem interested in his tales of every-day life, relationships, family, trauma, farce and the occasional bit of debauchery. His 12 year old son told him that he preferred JK someone or other.
Following his short-lived career as a children’s author, Ben now concentrates on writing stories for grown-ups. He writes for people who have lived, loved, worked, strived and suffered – people like himself. People like you.
He has a gift for finding humour where others just find pain; and also for finding pain where others find humour.
Ben lives in southwest London with his two boys, his dog and his constant stream of girlfriends. He dreams a lot too.
What inspires you to write?
I have always loved writing. Growing up I loved reading but I was always frustrated that I only got to spend a few days with the characters. For me, writing my own novels gives me a chance to spend a few months getting to know my characters. I even get to decide how things turn out for them in the end.
I tried writing novels when I was young, but it was only after going through a bit of a mid-life crisis myself that I really managed to make my characters sing. I haven’t looked back since.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am very much in the Stephen King camp when it comes to writing. Firstly I will get the notion of a concept for a new book, be it a theory to test, a headline or a setting I want to throw some light on. I will them sketch out a few characters, some quirky, others so serious that they become funny. Then I will throw them straight in at the deep end to see how I think they’ll react. I often don’t know how a story will end until I am well into the writing process.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
When I’m writing dialogue, I often voice out the conversation I am writing. One of the things I hate about real life is that when you have an argument with someone, you often don’t think of that killer line until well after the argument has finished. One of the great things about being a writer is that you can take your time to pen the perfect putdown line.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t waste a fortune on expensive courses or retreats. Stop prevaricating. Write, write, write!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My first book was self-published, but I was lucky enough to attract a publisher for my second novel, Six Lies.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I love the fact that anyone can publish a book, but the openness of the process means that the real challenge now is getting your book discovered. Marketing doesn’t always come naturally to authors, but we all need to get on the case to give our books a chance of being discovered by new readers.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Contemporary fiction, romance, rom-com, humour.
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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