A life long fan of historical fiction and particularly Scottish historical fiction.
I am married with two teenage children.
What inspires you to write?
The challenge of putting quality words on the paper with a continuum stretching across hundreds of pages, and peeling away the layers of character until the reader becomes even for a moment that character themselves, taking the reader to a place far far away.
Tell us about your writing process.
I usually lay down on my couch and just hit the keys.
Of course my first novel, Celtic Blood, took years of painstaking research, which I absolutely loved. I love all things Scottish history.
I had a bare historical outline of my story before I began as it is based on real history the rise and survival of clan MacKay when nearly all hands were turned against what was the clans only survivor, a twelve year old boy. But a boy destined for greatness, he who had the will to survive.
To enrich my characters I use certain traits from people I know, or have known, just the little things that make people tick. It is a feeling when writing character more than anything else an image in my head.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Sometimes I do.
Sometimes I sit back and can see the action in my head and am a mere spectator, directing the imagery onto the page as it is happening, a process I love, very personally entertaining. I myself have no idea what is going to happen next, I am finding out, like the reader is when they read it.
What advice would you give other writers?
Practise makes perfect.
Time doesn’t exist, just work and work and work.
But don’t forget your loved ones, and eat, and have drink. Now and again and go for a walk and do some push up or something physical. Writing, you can forget everything, a whole day can pass without you knowing it. When you come to it feels like someone hit you in the back with a sledge hammer.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I published through Createspace, the free publishing platform for Amazon.
I cannot be positive enough about them without them I would not be published.
Commercial publishers said there was no market for a book like mine. I have proven them wrong and my book is selling.
I would advise new authors thinking of self publishing to go with Createspace, they do a great job and support you with a sales network you can tap straight into.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I don’t know. The future is so unpredictable, look at how different the world was not so very long ago. I think of my boyhood, I am 49. One thing, people will always love a great story and for that reason there will always be books. It is in the DNA of humanity to love a story.
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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