He’s made a career out of being a polycreative; writer, designer, art director, musician, producer, creative director and new dad. Chris is one of many in a growing breed who’s as comfortable swapping the fedora for the straw boater as he his swapping the keyboard for the, well, keyboard.
He has written, performed and produced lyrics and music for several major commercial and artistic projects and productions everywhere from the Edinburgh Fringe to his home town. He has also worked as a copywriter and creative consultant for the last 14 years on a range of major multi-national clients.
What inspires you to write?
I love to read. That’s why I write. I wanted to create the kind of world you could lose yourself in. The kind of of story you carry with you even when you put the book down.
Tell us about your writing process.
I like to get pretty detailed in the outline stage. It begins with some deep and somewhat tangental research of time/place/theme which I think is important in helping shape a story. It also informs character development grounding in a time and place. I build my outlines like I would draw; starting with rough outlines and then filling in the detail.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I have conversations with my characters all the time.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
As a polycreative; writer/designer/art director/producer/performer, it had to be self publishing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
We will see the rise of Polycreatives: Somewhere in Brooklyn a young mustachioed bass guitarist is hand-lettering the signage on a cafe window. The owner of that cafe roasts his own beans and sells them on a website he designed and built himself. A visual merchandise specialist in Fitzroy is holding a macramé master-class. A rockabilly group in Tokyo are filming their own music video to promote their fashion label. And an author in Melbourne is finding a global audience writing, designing, and marketing his books whilst hollering sea-shanties in a folk-punk band in his spare time.
What genres do you write?: Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print