Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m a British male living in the English midland town of Leamington Spa. I have written three novels: Awake King Arthur; Cheating Karma and Zeezee, a Neanderthal Cop. Also two short story collections: Discomfort Zone and A Fistful of Shorts.
My writing straddles Humour and Horror.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Zeezee, a Neanderthal Cop. Inspired by the writing of Jasper Fforde who has a character in one of his books called Stig. He is also a Neanderthal policeman.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I write on a 1980’s Compaq LTE laptop, saving my work to floppy drive then uploading via my PC. I love the sound of the floppy drive when it starts up.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Harper Lee, Clive Barker, Jasper Fforde, Malcolm Pryce (Aberystwyth franchise), Stephen King. Michael Moorcock.
What are you working on now?
I have too many irons and not enough fire. There’s a sort of biopic based on my life and how the introduction and passing of a dog changed it. I started an autobiography of the late Randy Turpin (boxer) from beyond the grave called Call Me Licker. There is a series of short stories based on the reincarnations of a soul who was first born ten thousand years ago. I think that’s enough to be going on with.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I have never really bothered a lot with promotion before apart from giveaways. However, I’ve recently set up a website and intend to run some Amazon ads to promote Zeezee.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Be serious, and good. If you think you’re going to make easy money forget it. You are going to get a lot of kicks in the bollocks so be prepared. No matter how good a writer you are some people will hate your writing. Remember to make writing a habit and a way of life, not a way of making money.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
The truth. Most professional writers live below the poverty line.
What are you reading now?
Harper Lee’s Watchman.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’ve cut back on writing and want to promote. People need to know my stuff is out there. I just want readers rather than money.
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?
I’m not religious but the Bible has some great stories. Fevre Dream by George RR Martin I’ve always wanted to read again. Michael Moorcock’s Dancers at the End of Time trilogy – that counts as one book? Anything by Philip Jose Farmer.
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