Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
The Game Master is my first book, ostensibly for 10-13 year olds but I have found anyone of all ages appear to appreciate the tale of Josh and Alex. I first wanted to write a book when I was around 12 years old, began to write short stories but always had them rejected. When I left academia I decided to wait until I had something unique to say… and that has resulted in The Game Master.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
I have just one book – and as mentioned above, this is the Game Master. The inspiration? I wanted to provide a fun filled tale but, within it, there is a theme of perceptions. Having lived in several countries I have seen that most cultures are based on the same premise but somehow each believes they are unique but I see the same wherever I have lived. I am also intrigued how children grow up learn to perceive the world around them. What makes us so different? Why do we think differently? How or what, when we are growing up from being a baby to an adult, shapes our ideas, thoughts and ways of doing things? There are many reasons. Some are positive and some are not. The Game Master explores just some of these issues within its storyline.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I'm sure most of us have our own habits. My own are basically formed on long walks as I mull over the plot and how the elements of the book connect.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I can't say that I have taken any influences from other authors – or I'm not aware of it. It's more the conceptual ideas that come from the way human beings act…
What are you working on now?
I am working on a second novel, unfortunately a little too slowly because of my business workload, but it is based on a long held conception of how human beings develop…
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I haven't used many but have begun to spread the promotion over a larger number of websites. I have found Free Kindle Tips and Books and Books Butterfly very good – and am now looking forward to a promotion on MyBookPlace.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Writing the book is probably the easiest part of the process… When I came to publishing and marketing, then it became so much harder and it took me 6-12 months to discover the methodology of marketing as an advertisement. I have found many authors do not allow for the expenses in advertising which any large multinational company would do when they launch a new product. It is the same – perhaps more important as a debut author whom nobody knows among the millions of books on sale…
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
What are you reading now?
Err… this page?
Just kidding… These days, I tend not to have time to read. I'm sure this is shocking but with a full time job that often takes over a weekend, and being part of a family it's really tough to find spare time. I sometimes wonder how I managed to write The Game Master.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I am breaking from the normal Trilogies and series – and series of series. When I have seen these, particularly made as movies, I find the storyline deteriorates. In some, the author seems to run out of ideas and the storyline tends to break down.
I am attempting, in my tales, to look at a vertical writing process that provides a series of unusual concepts that are thought provoking. In this process I hope to offer some alternative thought process about our lives on this planet.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Biggles! Well, when I was young… Stig of the Dump, Tom's Midnight Garden.
As an adult, I enjoyed The Ka or Gifford Hillary and also Sunbird by Wilbur Smith that had an offbeat view of life.