Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I have had four published but written many more
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
I am very interested in current affairs and the development of new technology. I wonder a lot about how scientific discoveries — in the hands of global corporations — will impact our future. I am not a luddite, but I wanted to write something exploring the intersection between corporate technological advancements and ‘old world’ beliefs and practices.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I often think of new ideas while at the gym then rush home for an extended writing session. Exercise coupled with some good music on my iphone seems to get my creative juices flowing.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Charles Dickens. His work is very much of his time in one sense but his wider themes about humanity are very relevant today. I like the character development of people like Dostoevsky and Austen — though they operate within very different genres. HG Wells is another favorite because of his visionary works.
What are you working on now?
I am working on a book about ancestry with a scientific twist.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I usually start with reliable old scrap paper as I have inspiration at inopportune times.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Just get on with it. Time flies by if you don’t.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don’t be a victim.
What are you reading now?
I am reading a number of historical books about 19th century Prussia as research for my next novel.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Getting more of my ideas down onto paper more quickly.
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 Bible, Crime and Punishment, A Tale of Two Cities, and some kind of massive historical text book.