Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I live in the UK with my partner and daughter, and have never fitted into the kinds of slots most people comfortably fall into. Much of my life has been spent working with computers, but I am moving away from this in my journey towards writing. I have just finished my first book, although I have started writing countless other times at various points in my life.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Advertise This! is my first book. The inspiration for it was largely due to coming to a realization about the real industry behind mobile apps and games. The insights I have arrived at paint a very different picture of the digital world than the widely held view. My aim is to help end users understand what they are actually engaging with when using mobile apps, and it might just encourage aspiring developers to look towards other, more fulfilling aspirations.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I probably do, but everything I do seems perfectly normal to me!
What authors, or books have influenced you?
This is a difficult one to pin down. I have read a wide range of books from an equally wide range of authors. For entertainment, I love trashy thrillers, so typical mainstream books that are kind of like reading a movie. For expanding my knowledge of the world, and the human condition, I have always maintained a soft spot for conspiracy theories. I don’t necessarily accept much of what I read on this front, but find the process of how someone comes to believe something endlessly fascinating.
What are you working on now?
Following on from my previous answer, I am currently looking into how people form beliefs, and am digging into whatever evidence exists to confirm or deny various fundamental facts about life, and the world in general, facts that we take for granted or believe are so obvious as to require no questioning or investigation.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Still getting to grips with this!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
The best way to learn is by doing. The only way you’ll get anywhere is by actually doing it, and following the process right through to the end.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
That everyone has an equally valid right to their own view of the world.
What are you reading now?
Virgil – The Aeneid
What’s next for you as a writer?
As long I I don’t get ripped to shreds by the ever so kind online community, I’ll be bringing my research into fundamental beliefs together into a book. There again, even if I do get ripped to shreds, I’ll still finish the book I’m working on.
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?
Lord of the Rings Trilogy – it’s long and quite a good escape into fantasy. Weaveworld by Clive Barker. Loved it when I was a teenager, and it is nice and long also. I would also take an empty notebook and some pens and pencils, because creating your own work is always more engaging than simply reading someone else’s.