I am the eyes, the pen, the mind and the something else quite deep and meaningful behind a trio of thrillers THE DIAMOND RUSH, LAST NIGHT AT THE STAIRWAYS and THE WRONGED. I hail from the much maligned hotspot of literary creativity, historic interest and occasional disorder that is Croydon, south London.
What inspires you to write?
A reward on every page, whether it’s a turn of phrase not heard before, a character trait not seen before or a story idea not written about before. That’s my aim. Lofty, perhaps, but worthy? Nah. There’s so many other things you could be doing than reading my stuff, so I want any time you can spare to check out my writing to be at the very least entertaining, but ideally memorable.
Tell us about your writing process.
John Truby is the man. His theory on structure provides the bedrock for my story planning process which can take longer than the actual writing.
I’ll plan each scene so I know what happens in it, how it affects the bigger picture and the changes that happen in it to drive the story. So when I come to start writing the first draft, I’ll know what needs to happen in the scene, where it starts and how it needs to end. The process isn’t so rigid that I won’t let new ideas take me in different directions along the way.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t talk to my characters, though the protagonist in my first novel The Diamond Rush had a lot to say for himself and still does.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t expect to get it right first time, first draft.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I haven’t had a single rejection letter since I started to self-publish. Not that I mind rejections, but waiting three months for them is a bit much.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It’s all a bit digital in it. There’s still a place for print, but downloading will be the norm, and there’s a few trees out there who’ll be thankful for that.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
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