Tell us about yourself and your books.:
I was born in Sydney, Australia, and worked a disparaging collection of jobs after finishing high school, including being a combat medic for the Australian Army for over five years. In 2015, at the age of 29, I was sentenced to two-years imprisonment for firebombing a home, with the sentencing magistrate stating that my motivation appeared to be ‘vigilante action’. Someone in my family was sexually assaulted, and I aimed to get retribution against her attacker. I have written one book, which I completed by hand while I was in prison.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
It's probably a bit unusual that my first book was written in prison, but other than that not really, I just like to be consistent. Something simple like only 1,000 words a day really builds up quickly.
What authors have influenced you?
The styles of Dean Kootz, Garth Ennis and Robert G. Barrett were the main influences for the style of my first novel. As a writer the book I have found most influential and helpful was Stephen King’s ‘On Writing’.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don’t get disheartened by rejection letters. I got twelve rejection letters from publishers over three years before I was offered a contract.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
What you know makes you unique. Write about what you know. The best novels are ones that draw inspiration from things you know well. I certainly incorporated that into mine.
What are you reading now?
Direct Action by J.D. Svenson.
What’s your biggest weakness?
Trying to take too much on at once! I've gotten better at this in recent years but it's still a struggle. I'm currently a post-graduate student, writing another book, running a small business, plus working a day job. No rest for the wicked.
What is your favorite book of all time?
That's a very tough question, but I'm going to go with Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein.
What has inspired you and your writing style?
My childhood. It wasn't a positive one, there was a lot of violence from my father and aggression and drunkenness from my step-mother. Reading was the only escape I had during this time. My first novel draws a lot from things I either witnessed or experienced during childhood. I guess you could say I'm taking the negative experience I had and trying to build something positive out of it.
What are you working on now?
Writing a memoir. In between all my other work and study commitments that is. It's coming along slowly but surely.
What is your method for promoting your work?
I'm still trying to figure that our exactly as this is rather new to me. I sent several emails out to media publications, most of whom got in touch to email me as my story is a bit different to that of most writers. I've also reached out to a few writing festivals and have secured several speaking spots. And of course I'm taking the time to promote myself online, using websites such as this one.
What’s next for you as a writer?
My goal for the coming months is to finish the first draft of my memoir.
How well do you work under pressure?
Haha that depends on what you consider pressure. I've always been good at working to deadlines, getting my writing finished on time is never a problem. But I need a lot of quiet to get my work done. I struggle in traditional workplace environments where there are a lot of customers, phones ringing and people needing to talk to me. I work best by myself.
How do you decide what tone to use with a particular piece of writing?
I can't say it's a conscience decision, I just go with the flow and if it doesn't seem right when I'm done I try and attack it from a different angle.
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