Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Writing is what I love to do, in whatever form it takes. I am an aspiring screenwriter in another life and an occasional poet (though I call them ‘stories that rhyme’ as opposed to poetry).
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Forty Shades of Green is my first book. It was inspired by a prompt from a writing group of which I am a member.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I’m not sure it’s unusual but – I don’t write in a particularly structured way, I just let it flow out and I can write for a long time this way, which makes me very happy. I tend to have the story nailed down very quickly. Then I spend a long time tidying it up, moving the pieces around the board, and tearing my metaphorical hair out.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
The current author is Squid McFinnigan, a fellow Irishman who I can call a friend. Before that, it’s been anyone from Spike Milligan to Terry Pratchett for their absurd and powerful way with words. I read a lot of thrillers and I hope to keep my own prose short and punchy, as I think a good thriller should.
What are you working on now?
I am sifting through ideas for a follow up to Forty Shades. If an idea makes me laugh, I’ll put pen to paper. I also have an idea on the back burner for what I think will be the greatest novel ever written, it’s coming along, very slowly.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Don’t know yet. Ask me in six months.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don’t attempt to publish until you are sure it’s ready.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don’t attempt to publish until you are sure it’s ready. Trust me on this one.
What are you reading now?
Talking to Strangers: And other ways of being human by Michael Harding.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I am currently in the process of editing a short film which I filmed in October of 2016.
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 Hobbit, a diary, and something by Bear Grylls.