Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m 65 years old, English and I live in sunny Cyprus. I’ve written and published 18 books to date, the latest being The Brittle Sea.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is an historical drama/romance, The Brittle Sea, with a backdrop of the Titanic disaster. It was inspired by a documentary about the Titanic and I wondered what would have happened if one of the survivors lost her memory.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I tend to be an early morning person, so I’m usually up and about at 3am.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Isaac Asimov has been a considerable influence on me and my writing. Bill Bryson has been a companion in book form that I’ve appreciated a lot.
What are you working on now?
I’m currently writing a science fiction adventure called The Ragged Edge of Time. Science fiction is something I have always wanted to write.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Try to get as many reviews as possible. But there’s a catch, you must sell your book first. Catch-22!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Never give up. Write as much as you can as often as you can, that way your writing will improve.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
“You will never make it as an author.” That was from a family member and it spurred me on to be an author, and I think I’ve managed that nicely.
What are you reading now?
On the Beach by Nevil Shute.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Retirement from the day job and writing a lot more books, assuming Covid-19 doesn’t get me first.
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?
War and Peace – I will read it one day.
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
Les Misérables – another book I mean to finish.
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
They should keep me going for the next 20 years.