Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m originally from the UK but I’ve been living in Japan for a couple of years teaching English. I’m about to move back home to write full time. I first started Blood of the Fallen when I was seventeen and it got published earlier this year. When I was twelve I also wrote a science-fiction series about a girl who finds out she’s an alien with superpowers, but looking back, it wasn’t very good!
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
It’s called Blood of the Fallen and it’s a fantasy. I’ve always adored high fantasy – books, video games and movies, so I always wanted to write one. I also have a soft spot for romance – the more forbidden and passionate the better. I decided to mix the two genres together in my own story.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Not really. The traditional desk-and-chair is my favourite place to get some work done, with a blanket and a cup of tea.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I really like J.M.D. Reid’s short fantasy stories, the Chronicles of Narnia, and drama/romance novels such as the Emma Grady trilogy by Josephine Cox.
What are you working on now?
Blood of the Innocent, the sequel to Blood of the Fallen. I’m also writing screenplays as a hobby, including a science-fiction set in Tokyo, Japan.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
That’s something I’m not good at at all! I leave all that to my publisher, although sometimes I post on Twitter.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep writing, and keep enjoying it! Take advice you get, and keep an open mind. And get a good proofreader!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
To plan out a novel almost in its entirety before you start. When I was growing up I’d write the first chapter or so of a new story with no idea what I was doing. It seems really obvious now, but it was great advice. Plan the beginning, middle and end before you write anything. It makes it a lot easier.
What are you reading now?
The Shining by Stephen King. Spooky!
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’ve applied to stay at a writing residence in the USA. I’d love to go there and just write for a couple of weeks with no interruptions and no stress.
What is your favorite book of all time?
The Darren Shan vampire saga. Perhaps the first one, the Vampire’s Assistant.