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 the imagination. I just 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, typewriter, 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 any 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 find I work best to an advertised deadline which provides the necessary drive to ‘get it done’.
Q. What are you reading now?
Over the past while I’ve read all John Connolly’s ‘Charlie Parker’ books and await the next installment due, I understand’ in April 2018. I’ve read some good stuff in 2017, ‘Conclave’ and ‘Munich’ by Robert Harris, ‘The Bat’ by Jo Nesbo among others. But, I particularly enjoyed ‘Defender’ by GX Todd. Can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel.
Q. How’s the writing going at the moment?
2016 was slow, but 2017 was much better. Finished ‘An Act Of God’ the second in the Daniel Miller Trilogy so that’s going through the agent-seeking process at the moment. The third in the series ‘Where Angels Fear To Thread’ will begin as soon as I finish my current project which is a novel based on drug life and homelessness in inner city Dublin called, for now, ‘Three-piece-suits and Tracksuits’.