Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’ve been writing for decades, and used to write for independent magazines, as well as large scale publications, short stories, poems, all sorts. When things changed and the Internet became more prolific I moved over to other areas to write and promote.
I have six novels on sale, and am almost finished on my seventh. I love reading, love writing and will do it forever and a day.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is called The Dog Under The Bed, and actually uses a real image of my own dog (Well, Daughter’s dog!) on it. His actual name is Scooby Doo, and he’s lovely. We have had lots of dogs, and always been lucky with them. Due to that extensive experience I had to write about them, and kept laughing while I was writing it.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I have a summer house outside the back which I always write in. I wear headphones, and listen to music while doing it. It’s very peaceful, and a lovely way to write.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Harry Harrison is my favourite author. I began reading his work from 2000AD comic, and just took it from there. He wrote a lot of novels and stories, and my favourite novel has always been Rebel In Time.
What are you working on now?
I am writing a sequel to my novel I Was A Teenage Necromancer, around the same length, and set in Warrington, where the original was set in Chester. It is a horror novel, suitable for all ages and mildly deals with strange and supernatural events.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Amazon is the best, far and away, but of course Facebook is great too.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don’t give up, keep writing, and most of all keep learning about the practice of selling as well as writing. Write what you love, not just what sells.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Actually write, don’t talk about it. So now I do, endlessly.
What are you reading now?
Harry Harrison, Rebel in Time – again!!
What’s next for you as a writer?
A follow up to my dog book, and then a long and serious novel which covers some of the things my mother went through when my father decided to opt for a new life without us.
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?
Rebel in Time – Harry Harrison, Weaveworld – Clive Barker, The Stand – Stephen King.