Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m a writer from South Wales in the United Kingdom.
I’m somewhat of a gigantic geek and honestly, I’m quite proud of it. I live with my wife, Natalie, and I also have a young son.
Having written since a young age I’ve written many, many, books and short stories – Many of which will NEVER see the light of day. However, since 2013 I’ve published two short stories (She Died With Gum in her Hair, and the short horror The Old Man on the Hill), and also two full-length novels (‘Stormbringer: The Devil’s Lantern’ – an Action / Adventure set in the golden age of piracy, and ‘The Last Wolf’ – a dark Revenge Western).
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
‘The Last Wolf’ is a dark Revenge Western.
I’m a bit of a history buff, and the Old West is one of the eras that fascinates me. My characters are often driven by revenge, but in the Last Wolf I wanted to examine the morality of revenge, and the divide between heroes and villains – How everyone is the hero of their own story.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I like to write to music, mainly soundtracks. Although one thing people do find unusual is that I cover the walls surrounding my desk with index cards filled with notes, plots points, and research.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I’m a huge fan of Stephen King. He’s the kind of author who writes what he wants. He doesn’t try to be a great literary hero, and he describes himself as ‘the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and Coke’, and I love that about him. He writes for himself, fortunately people love what he puts out.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on a thriller called ‘702’. It focuses on losing a child, and trying to hunt down their killer several years later when the case has gone completely cold.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Honestly, I find its a case of working social media. There are so many writers, authors, and book fans on places like Twitter. I often retweet and interact with them all, and sometimes they return the favour. We’re all there to help one another.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep writing. Eventually, you’ll reach the point where you think you’re work is trash, you’re trash, and everything you’ve ever done is trash. Push through it. We all reach that point, and it’s never as bad as you think.
Also, take criticism well. 9 times out of 10, those people are just trying to help.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Write every day. Even if it’s just one sentence.
What are you reading now?
I’m currently rereading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m working on my thriller novel, and also a few screenplays.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, any of the Harry Potter Novels, Cujo by Stephen King, and The Lord of the Rings.
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