Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I really love speculative stuff as well as anything intensely bizarre. I’ve currently written 2 novellas and a short story collection of Sci Fi/Horror, which makes sense regarding my taste.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My book is called Errors, it’s based around the fact that even though the stories inside aren’t related in any way; a common theme throughout them all is error. Mistakes, faults or whatever you want to call them, both direct and indirect lead characters down troubled paths and into the situations we find them stuck in.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I don’t think so, though I do have this thing where I feel super inspired just before I need to go to the toilet. Not sure what that is called but it’s pretty helpful, minus the toilet time of course.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Horror wise Clive Barker, Sci-fi I’d say Philip K. Dick, but I read lots of comics too so: Scott Snyder, Charles Soule, Grant Morrison and Brian K. Vaughn.
What are you working on now?
I’m actually working on some different comic ideas and a novel created around a bunch of shorts I wrote previously.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I try to push my stuff through my twitter, but I’m not great at it to be honest. I’ve used book promo blogs before which have helped, there is a lot of stuff out there but finding places that suit your title is tough sometimes.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Just keep writing, any time you can write it all down. If it isn’t perfect you can always come back and edit it later but once you have that first draft the possibilities start opening up. Also I’d say don’t force it, make sure you ingest lots of stuff to keep you inspired then let it sit for a little, your brain can make some really cool connections if you give it some breathing room.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Every great story starts with a single word
What are you reading now?
Curse Words, Ice Cream Man, Doomsday Clock, Philip K. Dick’s short stories, Against Empathy by Paul Bloom. A pretty mixed bunch.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Trying to get a little readership going, I know I can get my word count down and have lots of ideas ready to write out, I just need folk to actually read them, which unfortunately is the hard part.
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 can be very practical at times so I’d probably bring 4 books on ‘how to escape a desert island’. If they didn’t get delivered on time though, I would bring 4 short story collections I’d never read, I like new and direct ideas, not much of a re-reader.
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