A lover of action thrillers which northerner Jack, in his broad Yorkshire accent, describes as Lad Lit.
Lad Lit is an unusual British term for hard core adventure fiction, better known throughout the book world as crime thrillers & mystery, or maybe a better description would be action & adventure stories.
As Jack says most crime thriller stories are really Boy’s Own style stories, only these thrillers are aimed at grown ups.
Jack lives with his long time girlfriend, twenty years on they remain stubbornly unmarried and childless, they’ve traveled the world together, taking a chance at whatever came their way.
From the strictly legal, through the definitely dodgy to the downright life threatening.
Just how much truth is in his books…….. well, that really is the mystery.
What inspires you to write?
Memories I suppose. My last “job” was that of an international tobacco and alcohol smuggler. This really was exciting work and features in most of my novels.
Tell us about your writing process.
I guess I’m unusual as I start with a blank email body and write. Normally I begin with the ending – and work backwards (or should that be forwards?) When I think the story is finished it’s sent to my editor (Lucky TJH) Who is absolutely brutal, but she needs to be as the entire text is unreadable, to anyone except me of course. I think the best thing I have going is Lucky, she knows me really well and, has the ability to take my scrawling and make it readable.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I neither talk or listen to my characters, I become them. In any conversation, or event, I react as I expect they would react. I am aware that most people think this strange but, hey whatever works.
What advice would you give other writers?
Just go for it. Ignore word counts, typos etc for the initial draft and do it. Someone famous once said “the first draft of anything will be rubbish” You can always re-write in second, third, forth and more drafts. Once you’re ready, send it to an editor who, in all likelihood, tear it to pieces. Do not be afraid to do this, it’s vital.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’ve had 3 books (The Killer trilogy) published before but, decided to go the self publishing route for The Reunion. My advice would be to take the self publishing route, it really is fun.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Indie is the way to go. For years the only way to get published was to post hard copies to agents/publishers, the Internet has changed all that.
Now modern writers can publish whatever they like – and if readers buy their writing then all’s good. If not, well it’s back to the all important editor.
What genres do you write?: action adventure men’s adventure suspense
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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