Q. Why did you start writing?
Some writers will tell you they do it because they love it and some believe they can ‘get rich quick’; I was no different. However, whether successful or not, writers continue to pursue their craft and I’m not sure why. Isolation, frustration, and sometimes elation, are the cornerstones of the business. If you can hack it, you’ll grow to love it.
Q. Where do you get your ideas?
All over. You might see an advertisement on a billboard, meet somebody for the first time, read an article in a small newspaper (or on the net) that sparks something. I just have to allow myself to dream and then try to assemble the puzzle.
Q. What other writers do you admire?
I admire anybody who has the courage to sit in front of a computer or notepad and suffer the aforementioned ‘cornerstones’. It doesn’t matter if they get published or not. Writing is a hard slog and don’t let anybody tell you anything different. somebody told me that its like having homework every day of your life. That pretty much sums it up.
Q. Okay then, who do you like to read?
That’s better. I love thrillers, so David Baldacci, Nelson DeMille, Jeffrey Archer, John Connolly are my literary staple but my kids are reading some classics in school so every now and then I pick up one of their books and read the odd chapter.
Q. What’s your writing day like?
It differs from day to day, but could be anywhere from ten minutes to ten hours. Sometimes I can spend an hour writing a page, other times I might be lucky to get a paragraph down on paper. However, I’ve had to impose a deadline in an effort to regiment myself more as I aim to have ‘An Act of God’ out for the summer in 2017. It sounds far away but in publishing terms its the blink of an eye.
Q. What are you reading now?
Over the past while I’ve read all John Connolly’s ‘Charlie Parker’ books and await the next instalment due, I understand’ in April 2017. I’m currently reading ‘Conclave’ by Robert Harris. I’m about half way through and it’s a thoroughly absorbing novel, where Harris displays a perfect rhythmic pace. I’m not sure what will be next but I’ve an array of unread material waiting for me with a nearby bookstore filled with more…
Q. How’s the writing going at the moment?
It was slow last year for a variety of reasons; you can read more about that in my blog. It’s going really well at the moment. although not yet complete, draft 1 of ‘An Act of God’ is progressing nicely. I’ll keep you updated as I go.