Moved to Spain at 22, and wrote first book in Ibiza, España, entitled “Jackboot Britain” – an alternate history novel & screenplay set in a Nazi-occupied United Kingdom.
Thereafter, left Spain in January 2012 and moved to Thailand, working as a freelance professional copywriter and journalist in Southeast Asia as well as a martial arts reporter for two years, before becoming a full-time author in 2014.
“Kings of the Jungle” followed “Jackboot Britain” in 2014 – further novels due for release include “The Acid Diaries”, “The Mescaline Diaries”, “Transcendence: Beyond the Glass Ceiling” and “The Last Lions of Asia”.
Fletch lives in Phuket & Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand – a move to Bali, Indonesia is imminent.
What inspires you to write?
The power of language; key truths of our human existence enunciated by the greats, and the emotive feeling such prose can inspire. We may be primates, but there is a collective need for solidarity and answers, observation and validation, as an incalculably tiny part of the cosmos that has become aware of itself. Language offers the means to meaning in our human lives.
Besides, I can’t do anything else.
Tell us about your writing process.
A bullet-point list for an outline, and away we go!
“Jackboot Britain” contains eight or so concurrent storylines, and so required a tad more planning and outlining. With any other book thus far (two published, four in progress) I just tend to have a “notes” page, with a vaguely defined plan, and then write the book. It feels natural and flows.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Aye, t’b’sure – we have many a fine conversation ‘cross the campfire!
I write my fictional characters with as much flow and momentum as I can, saving nitpicking for the editing process. In Jackboot Britain, the methodical approach was best served for the historical characters such as Reinhard Heydrich, Heinrich Himmler, Adolf Hitler et al. In these extreme cases, given the nature of their political lives, the carnage they unleashed and the incalculable suffering they caused, their every word has to be fine-tuned in order to best represent reality in the realm of fiction. Characters entirely of the author’s imagination, however – let it flow!
Don’t be caught out in public talking to your characters.
What advice would you give other writers?
Enjoy the ride.
Impatience! I have no advice for other authors, it would be entirely meaningless. Just write, enjoy your craft and if you do it well, the chances are your readership will correspond to the quality of your work. However long it takes, don’t flag or fail. Shine on, young jedi. ¡Namaste!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The availability of information and the speed at which it can be distributed can only be a good thing – perhaps not for profit, but for content sharing and learning. The internet is Enemy to the fascistic, to the censor and to the institutional ruler. A golden age for information, after centuries of being stifled, choked and suppressed.
What genres do you write?: fiction; humanist libertarian fiction; science fiction & fantasy; alternate history
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print