Bio: It was a strange and twisting road that led to the publishing of my second novel.
Born and raised in Bristol, England. I spent my adult life in business, the majority of that time marketing cars. I eventually owned the largest Saab specialist in the world, before a divorce put an end to that part of my life.
This led me to leave Bristol to live halfway up a mountain in the Welsh valleys, start a part time six year English Literature course at Bristol University, and attend creative writing classes in Cardiff.
My interest in English literature flourished and I have won several prizes for my short stories. My first book, ‘Twenty Short Stories – Settling a score,” reached No 6 in the Short Stories Best Sellers and is still available. My second novel, a romantic thriller entitled Hand Over Fist was released earlier this year
Chasing What’s Already Gone evolved from a short story Carpe Diem in my second anthology Twenty One Short Stories. I could not get the two main characters out of my head and I had to find out what happened to them after the end of the short story.
I now live very happily halfway up that mountain in the Welsh Valleys with my wonderful partner, Mari, and our rescue dog, Wolfie.
1.What got you into writing / what made you sit down and actually start something? I had moved home (and countries) I was told about a creative writing class in the next valley – I went there half hearted – drove back home two hours later and wrote my first short story
2.What is a usual writing day like for you, how is it structured? Up and out to walk the dog, depending on how I feel when I come back I spend between 2 and 10 hours at my PC.
3.Do you get writers block? If so, how do you overcome it?I don’t fight it – I believe if you force your writing it’s hardly ever worth the effort.
4.Are you a plotter or pantser when it comes to writing a story?I fly by the seat of my plants with everything I do, let alone writing.
5.Are you traditionally or self-published?Both (luckily) 6. What was the publishing process like for you? Any advice to aspiring authors?Not easy – a long slog if I am honest. Read, read, read, write, read, read, read and then maybe write
7.What has been your highlight since becoming a published author?Meeting Sophia Valentine and all the Limitless gang. (serious answer)
8.Can you share a little of your most recent book with us, including genre and targeted audience? It’s a Rom-com from a male perspective. I think (but what do I know?) it is funny and thought provoking at the same time. Readers will know whether it’s for them or not within the first fifty pages.
9.What tip would you give to new authors when trying to build a fan-base / get followers and market their books? (What to do and what not to do.) If you can afford search the web for a reputable company that take that load off your shoulders. Proceed with maximum caution!
10.How long on average does it take you to write a book? The latest book took less than two months because I totally liked all the main characters – they wrote the story if I’m honest.
11.Tell us about the book cover/s, how the designing came about, whether you had much input etc. The publisher’s first proof horrified me – it was totally wrong for the story.I had a lot of input on the cover, I’m not saying it could not be improved but I like it.
12.Apart from writing, what do you do in your spare time? Work for a charity helping people with drug and alcohol misuse problems.
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