I was born in Cardiff, South Wales in 1967. After finishing school I, like many authors, has had a series of differing and varied jobs including working in a warehouse and as a police officer.
I am married and my wife is an ex nurse, who designs and paints my book covers. I have a son and two stepchildren and live in Kent, UK.
My novels are a mixture of the supernatural combined with a healthy dose of extreme silliness.
When I thought about what inspired me to write I realised it’s because I was unable to find the laugh out loud, daft joke type story that I wanted to read, so I wrote my own.
What inspires you to write?
I really enjoy a good laugh, the sillier the better, and whilst there are a lot of funny books out there I couldn’t find any that hit the spot so I had a stab at writing my own, infusing the stories with the absurd humour that I love so much
Tell us about your writing process.
As strange as it may sound I always begin with a title, not an idea. Once I have that I begin to write. I don’t plan or outline I just get on with it. I write long hand using A4 paper and my trusty fountain pen whilst listening to the heaviest heavy metal I can get my hands on. Once I have about 60 pages written I transfer them to the computer. I enjoy this process because it never ceases to amaze me how much more comes to me during the typing phase.
I continue this until the novel is complete after which I read and reread. Again many ideas and thoughts come up at this stage which is why editing is so important.
After going through this process, the last novel I submitted to my publisher was 3200 words longer than when I started.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters virtually live with me. My wife paints my book covers and so they are always there. I do listen to them as they are constantly chatting away. I know it’s a an old cliché, but sometimes situations really do write themselves.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write write write. I started quite a few stories before I stumbled across my characters. The most important discover y I made was to write what I wanted to read and not what I thought others might like.
Also, enjoy your writing. I love to read horror and fantasy but when I tried to write it, it was laughable and not in a good way.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I would suggest explore all avenues. I tried the traditional route but that’s quite a fruitless pursuit these days so I published as ebooks. It was doing this that got me noticed by my publisher Creativia who have been very helpful and supportive. My novels are now available as paperbacks as well as ebooks.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
As much as I love to read a physical book I think the advent of the ebook is going to go from strength to strength, and helped on by the indie publishing industry it’s a market that has to be considered if anyone hopes to be a writer.
What genres do you write?
Supernatural Humour and Parody
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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