Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I live in Nottingham, England, amid overflowing bookshelves, half-formed ideas and with the company of my pet rats. I’ve loved books and storytelling for as long as I can remember, but only published my first short story in May.
So far, I have only written and released two books; the short story A Humourless Death, and my contributions of a collection of flash fiction.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is titled Prompted Musings. It began its life as a writing exercise for myself and two friends, acting as an experimental canvass. We worked with both image and written prompts, letting out imagination interpret the prompts in various ways.
Although the writing of this book was light-hearted, the content spans a wide range of emotions and motivations. With some pieces concerning death, coercion and manipulation, while others focus on creativity, memories and imagination.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Since I read a very wide range of books, it’s hard not to be influenced by anything I enjoy. I have a deep admiration for Clive Barker, especially his novel Weaveworld. Also Matthew Reilly, Philip Pullman, Mo Hayder, Terry Pratchett and Roald Dahl.
What are you working on now?
I’m in the planning stages for a series of transpositions of a selection of my favourites from Edgar Allen Poe’s poems. I’m also continuing to work on my fantasy novel, Shadewings, and also writing my contributions to the second volume of Prompted Musings.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I suppose that writing, and then publishing, is rather like riding a roller coaster. You’ve finished writing, and are edging up toward the plunge of publishing. I think that part is always going to be a little scary. But, if you know that the structure of your book is sound, and that you’ve tightened every bolt, then you should be in for a great ride. Don’t be afraid to be afraid. Embrace it, and when you step off that ride and look back, you can laugh. Then get back on and do it all over again.
What are you reading now?
I’ve just finished reading The Golden Fool by Robin Hobb.
What’s next for you as a writer?
The transpositions of my favourites amongst Edgar Allen Poe’s poetry, which should be available by winter 2015, and the second volume of Prompted Musings, which is expected in autumn 2015.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Weaveworld, by Clive Barker. That book spoke to me in ways I hadn’t known a book could.