Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I have two published books and the third one to be released later this year. I was a freelance comedy writer for the BBC in TV and radio programmes such as The Two Ronnies, A Kick Up the ’80s, and for radio Hudd Lines and Week Endings.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My books are a trilogy the first is Mistress of the Rock, the second is Scylla the Revenge, the third will be Alpha and Omega the Return. My inspiration was an epiphany moment had at the site of the Goddess of Love’s birthplace in Cyprus. I saw something which triggered my imagination and needed to get it down on paper. This was my first step in writing the trilogy, the latest book completes the story.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I don’t know if you call it unusual but in order to write I have to think in pictures, that way I can visualise not just the action of the characters but also their dialogue.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Probably the most influential is the late George MacDonald Fraser, author of the Flashman books. His skill in being able to capture historical events and interweave them into his stories makes him a true talent, but he is not appreciated enough in my opinion.
What are you working on now?
I have just finished book 3, so I am waiting for that to be delivered, after which I will be promoting the trilogy. However, at the back of my mind, are two more works, I am thinking of one is a Children’s book, the other a drama/comedy, both are not yet at the initial synopsis stage yet.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I use social media and my own website, I also try to do as many interviews and podcasts as I can both live or recorded. Personal recommendations are always a good source of promotion and of course reviews.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Always difficult to do, because each person is different with different circumstances. If you want to be a writer, just write, don’t give up at the first rejection, it’s part of the writing process, and always, believe in yourself. It’s a cliche I know but it does concentrate the mind.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Again a tough question, perhaps I can paraphrase it with a statement I once heard on a Groucho Marx movie.
“What about that, I didn’t make it, exciting though wasn’t it!”
What are you reading now?
I am reading the three books by Stephen Fry, Odyssey, Heroes and Troy, all very apt for my own writings.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Honestly, getting my books in front of a movie company or Producer, so that I can reach a vast audience to tell them my story of how a visit to a sacred ancient site, changed my life.
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?
Oh, I think, The Odyssey so many amazing tales in there to keep me occupied, second Robinson Crusoe to give me some hints on how to survive, and finally the Bible, just in case I didn’t make it and whoever would find me, would be able to say a few words over me.
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