Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m a retired international installations engineer, a career that took me to more than 30 countries and left me with memories of so many cultures. Some of the memories I would rather forget. I have seen things that nobody should have to see. Still, the experiences allow me to write better stories.
I have written three novels so far, am working on a fourth, and just began a fifth.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
When Things Go Bang is a story I have wanted to write for a long time. It’s inspired by my own dysfunctional childhood in the village of Hightown, on the Mersey coast.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I write when I can visualise complete scenes. It is literally like playing a video in my head. I just write down what the people do. Really, I’m a reporter.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
HG Wells, JG Ballard, Bryan Aldiss.
What are you working on now?
Right now I am beginning a sequel to When Things Go Bang
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Do you have any advice for new authors?
My best advice for new authors is to allow your characters to drive the story rather than impose your own. I believe outlines are the death of originality.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
To join a critique group. I spent several years in a serious critique group and it was invaluable.
What are you reading now?
Kingdom Come, by JG Ballard (2006)
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m going to write a sequel to When Things Go Bang, and finish my UK thriller, but the next thing to come is my memoir, at 103,000 words and 80 images, it took me quite a while. I just need to commission the cover art.
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?
The Lotus Sutra (Buddhist)
The Drowned World (JG Ballard)
World of Chance (Philip K Dick)
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