Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m a 60 year old Brit that lives in Latin America and I have written six novels. One straight novel and five fantasies. I’ve lived here for around 18 years and during that time I wrote my novels. I left school at 16 to follow my first passion, which was art. I fancied myself as the great illustrator, but a couple of years later my second passion kicked in too. I went travelling. Although I didn’t go far I was hooked and that set the pattern of my life for many years. Years later I went to university to study for a degree as a mature student. My gap year was spent in Guatemala, a country which i’d visited previously. There I met the woman who is now my wife. When I graduated I returned to Guatemala and became an English teacher. Fifteen years later I returned to England with my wife, but we didn’t like it and so returned to Guatemala.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The name of my book is The Adventures of Jojo Smith. I wanted to write a typical ‘boy’s own’ type of adventure for adults. A tongue-in-cheek medieval romp. I’ve always loved the Arthurian Legend and other sword and sorcery tales. My main character is just an ordinary young man without any special powers or abilities as I’d had enough of superheroes.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
No. I used to chew my pen and curse the idea of writing a lot. Now I have a computer and I miss the pen!
What authors, or books have influenced you?
T.H.White, Tolkien, Mickey Spillane are ones that I remember from the past, but nowadays there are many writers that are very impressive.
What are you working on now?
At the moment I’m trying to revise and clean up my second novel, but I have also been rewriting some of a previously written novel because a large chunk of it was lost. Only my latest work, which has been barely started, was typed on a computer. All my previous work was written by hand and with changing house several times resulted in a piece of one manuscript getting lost.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
No idea. I don’t have a website myself. I’m slowly learning how to promote my work. That is the reason for this interview. I’m hoping that it will encourage people to look at my book. I COULD DO WITH SOME REVIEWS-PRETTY PLEASE!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
If you love writing keep the faith, even when nobody notices you. Write for yourself, don’t try to please others.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don’t apologize and don’t explain.
What are you reading now?
I just finished Joe Abercrombie’s Before They Are Hanged and I think now I’m ready for a bit of Terry Pratchett.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I hope to successfully promote my books and continue to write as a full time author.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Lord of the Rings
Author Websites and Profiles
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