Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I've written one novel so far The Watcher, which is released on June 21st, as well as one novella, and several short stories. I'm fairly new to writing fiction but I worked as a professional copywriter for years, after studying journalism, before I made the decision to become a professional storyteller.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My upcoming release is The Watcher, my debut crime thriller. I was inspired to write it after studying several infamous serial killers like Ted Bundy, Fred West, and the Green River Killer. That got me pondering on the nature of psychopathy, and whether psychopaths are born, or shaped by the environment they grow up in.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Not really unusual but I have to have my coffee as I can't think without it. Sometimes, I like to have a glass or two of wine while I'm writing, to get into the flow.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I greatly admire crime novelists like Mark Billingham, Val Mcdermid, Leigh Russell, and Harlan Coben, as their books are always a good read and they know how to keep the suspense going. I read a lot of crime and thriller fiction, which is one reason why I choose to write in the genre.
What are you working on now?
Now I'm in the planning stages for my next crime thriller, and gearing up for the launch of my debut novel, The Watcher, on June 21st. It's all a bit hectic at the moment as I'm contacting bloggers and reviewers and doing lots of interviews but I'm enjoying it, even if I am a little busy!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I use my website to keep readers updated on what I'm doing and I like to chat on Facebook and Twitter too. Sites like this one are pretty nifty too, as you categorize by genre, so interested readers can easily find the types of books they enjoy.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Yes, go for it. If you have a story in your head, don't procrastinate on it for ages, write it down. You'll feel so much better afterwards.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Just get the words down. It's easy to see writing as some mystical, ephemeral thing but it's actually just a case of sitting down and doing it. Usually, if you make it a regular habit every day, you'll be able to write something, and it gets better because the more you write, the more the ideas flow.
What are you reading now?
Right now I'm reading The Girl In The Ice by Robert Bryndza. It's got me completely hooked, so I'll probably finish it in the next couple of days, that's usually what happens when I get into a novel.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I'm currently working on my next crime thriller, which is also about a serial killer but a very different one than the antagonist in The Watcher. The killer in my work in progress really wants to stop! My next novel will encompass topics such as virtual reality, as well as autism, and I aim to have completed writing the first draft by the end of this year.
What is your favorite book of all time?
I love American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis because of its provocative and satirical style. I see it more as a social satire and comment on capitalistic greed more than anything and I also think the ending is absolutely genius.