Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’ve been a lifelong writer and artist. In fact I may have paid more attention to my scribblings in school than to my actual schoolwork. I’ve been contributing stories to Muddy Puddle Press for many years, most recently to their One-Sentence Stories series. This is my fourth book.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Fathers and Daughters follows on from the first book in this series, Butterfly and Serpent. I’d left my protagonists in an untenable situation last time up and I felt it was time for my character Jamai to step up and grow towards the strong person she needs to be.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I’ll write anywhere, on anything. I keep scrap paper in my back pocket to scribble new ideas down and I’ll do that in the bathroom, at work, wherever. You have to save your ideas or they’ll just scatter to the wind.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Frank Herbert, Robert E. Howard and Kurt Vonnegut.
What are you working on now?
I’m halfway through the third and final book in the Butterfly and Serpent series, called Sanity’s Edge.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don’t give up. Socialize with other writers, feed off your creativity. There are plenty of writers’ groups on Facebook and social media; join up and absorb their advice.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
This was something I heard from a children’s book author at a writer’s group once: “Writing is like rolling a page into a typewriter and staring at it until blood drips on the page.” Never forgot this.
What are you reading now?
Kurt Vonnegut’s Hocus Pocus and Anonymous’s Primary Colors
What’s next for you as a writer?
I have a project going on my DeviantArt page, and there’s a book I’ve been dying to get to for 20 years, once I finish Sanity’s Edge.
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?
Douglas Adams-The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Robert E. Howard-King Kull
The Playboy Interviews with John Lennon
HG Welles-The Time Traveler