Hi. My name is Chris. Good to meet you! A little about me. Well, I’ve taught English in South Korea. For many years I also worked as a freelance journalist and was lucky enough to do a lot of travelling. I’ve explored eastern Europe, the Far East and a great deal of south America. I’m currently living in south London. A lot of the adventures I found myself in while travelling I’ve put into the book. I believe that real experiences can only add to an author’s work and that was my aim when I set about my adventures. The Thief’s Son is a fast paced, intelligent thriller set in Colombia. I hope you enjoy my work…
What inspires you to write?
I want to entertain my readers. That’s what drives me to write fiction. If I can help someone escape for a few hours while they read my books then my job is done! I grew up reading H.G Wells, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Jules Verne. These wonderful authors transported me to exciting and unexpected destinations each time I opened their books. I hope I can give the same pleasure to my own readers.
Tell us about your writing process.
I like to understand my characters before I start with the plot. Once I know my characters inside out I’m always more confident. I know they’ll get me out of trouble if I get stuck further on down the line! I wouldn’t consider myself a seat of the pants type of writer. However, I don’t like knowing every detail about my book before I start writing either. I think there has to be a good balance. My writing always feels more alive when I’m not too sure where the plot will take me.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to my characters talking to one another! I like to understand how my characters think and interact with one another. I find this helps me to plot my novels better. I think it’s inevitable an author starts to listen to their characters. We spend so much time with them they do tend to take over.
What advice would you give other writers?
Take control. Keep submitting your work to agents and publishers but at the same time build up your social networks. Take the time to create your own website too. Promote your work on as many advertising platforms as possible and that way you’ll start to build a strong fan base.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’d advise all authors to explore every avenue. Keep your options open, work hard and you will see rewards. Self-publishing and the rise in social media means you can make a living doing what you love. It takes a lot of hard work and effort but it is possible.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Social media has changed the playing field for good in my opinion. We are no longer at the mercy of traditional publishers. We can now write the sort of fiction we love to read ourselves and go straight to our readers via social media and the author advertising platforms. I think that’s wonderful!
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
mystery, action, adventure, thrillers, horror
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print