Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m an expat, living in Germany with my family. Being away from the hustle and bustle of British life has given me a little time to write, but sadly still not enough time. I have only just started writing and two young children take up most of my energies!
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The book is called Mo. I was inspired by a story I read in a local paper about someone called “The Moth Man”. He collected moths from all over the world. I wanted to integrate his unusual hobby into a story with a contemporary twist.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I think writing is generally an unusual habit: sitting at a desk; staring at a screen; shutting yourself away from the world for an hour or so. Mind you, that sounds like my day job, too.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
It sounds banal, but I read EVERYTHING. I particularly enjoyed Fantasy when I was younger, and I still read that genre. But really anything that is recommended to me, or I find discarded at an airport – this is how I stumbled across “The Life of Pi”.
What are you working on now?
The second book ín “The Spotlight Tales”. It’s a environmental whodunnit – if there is such a thing.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I really don’t know. I am floundering a bit in the marketing game. I am torn between contacting everyone, and not wanting to badger anybody. I need to read what your other authors have answered for this question.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write in your own style; don’t try to emulate other authors; don’t be afraid to walk away from your writing for a while; get out of the house for a bit.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Just keep on driving, and you’ll get there.
What are you reading now?
I’m ploughing my way through The Mallorean.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I am formulating Book Three of The Spotlight Tales in my mind. I have ideas, and they are slowly coming together.
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?
Four of the Encyclopedia Britannica that I bought about ten years ago. There are about 20 of them in the set, and I’ve barely looked at them. It would be a good opportunity to read them. Might be a bit boring, though.