Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
To date I have written four stand-alone novels, each in a different genre, plus an adventure saga, “Ruritanian Rogues”. The first three volumes of this are already published, with volume 4 going live at the end of January. I am currently writing volume 5.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is volume 4 in my Ruritanian saga and is entitled “A Betrayal of Trust”. It emerges from the intrigue and cunning of the lives of the Ruritanian nobility. Each volume in this saga contains a note from the author, inviting the reader to suggest possible ways in which events might unfold. – I was delighted when someone contacted me and asked to actually be included in the book itself!
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Not especially. I do my best work in the early mornings and average around 1200 words per day.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I have always loved mysteries, or anything with unexpected twists and turns. This probably explains why my very first novel, “The Cryptic Lines,” had such an ‘Agatha Christie’ feel to it!
What are you working on now?
As I mentioned earlier, I am currently working on volume 5 of my “Ruritanian Rogues” saga. It is to be called, “A Hoard of Treasures.”
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
In addition to spreading the word via Facebook and Amazon, my books also appear on www.crypticpublications.com
Do you have any advice for new authors?
It’s difficult to answer this question, since I still feel like a new author myself(!) My first novel was published 3 years ago.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don’t write for a target age group. Instead, follow your heart and write what emerges – the appropriate age group will become apparent later.
What are you reading now?
At present I am doing some background research into central European matters, in order to help make my current saga as authentic-sounding as possible.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m in the process of adapting my novels as screenplays. One of them is already under consideration by the BBC.
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 Cryptic Lines
Order of Merit
The Black Talisman
The virtual Lives of Godfrey Plunkett
…all my own titles(!) I know that seems a little narcissistic, but I love my work!