I’ve written more than 120 speculative fiction short stories in the 7 years I have been writing speculative fiction. Before that I used to write Marvel Comics Thor fan fiction. I have published six collections of short stories and two novellas all of which are on Amazon. I am currently working on another collection of short speculative fiction stories for publication later this year.
I have been a regular contributor to both the Antipodean SF and the Beam Me Up Pod cast sites and have also been published on a variety of other sci-fi sites such as Bewildering Stories, 365 Tomorrows, and Farther Stars Than These.
I have written two story arcs: the 12 part Alien Hunter series for the then Golden Visions magazine (in 2011/12) (which was the basis for my subsequent Alien Hunter, Star Trooper novella) and the Trathh story arc for the Beam Me Up Pod Cast site (in 2012/13). Currently I’m writing a Human Hunter story arc also for the Beam Me Up Pod Cast site.
What inspires you to write?
I’ve been interested in science fiction books and movies for many years and decided it was time to give something back to the genre. I have been inspired by some of the great science fiction writers of the past and also by some of the great science fiction movies.
Tell us about your writing process.
I write a lot of flash fiction (1,000 words or less) and tend do this by the seat of my pants. For something longer I do usually sketch an outline for the story. I have created character sketches both before and during my writing. My sketch outline is usually just on a piece of paper later entered into a word document. I keep a dot point list of any new idea or character that I might want to introduce in a later story.
All that said I have been known to start a story arc without the faintest idea where it will all end up.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I put myself in the position of the character sometimes. How might I react to a particular situation?
What advice would you give other writers?
If this is truly what you want then never give up – never be too discouraged by criticism – especially if it is constructive.
However recognise when you are becoming jaded and need a break and take that break and come back refreshed. Don’t be too obsessed with word counts and having to write so many words a day.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My very first book was through a publisher but after that I’ve gone down the self publishing path. I guess this avoids the many rejections you might receive at the hands of an agent or publisher. Self publishing is made so easy these days and their are a plethora of tools to assist with marketing. In these circumstances you are both an author and a publisher.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Well – I see e-books becoming even more popular to the detriment of hard copy. I see the closure of some small book stores
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Speculative Fiction – more specifically for me science fiction, science fantasy and alternate history
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print