Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a British author from the southern half of the UK. Aside from my writing, my interests include nature, spirituality and psychology. When not writing I can usually be found walking, meditating or looking after and enjoying time with my animals and livestock.
I have just published my first book, and am about to begin working on my second.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My book is called The Autumn Encounters, a collection of erotic short stories. I wish I could remember what inspired it! I have always enjoyed writing erotica and sharing it online, but I have had it in mind for a long time to write a collection specifically for a book.
What prompted me to finally get on with it was relaxing on holiday and deciding to finally do the thing that has kept calling from the back of my mind for so many years.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I doubt this is unusual, but I tend to write first drafts almost exclusively from my subconscious. I quickly become aware if my conscious mind is involved in the process, and if that's the case, I stop. There's no point continuing then, because anything I write with my conscious mind will almost certainly go in the trash when I revisit it during later revision. What I write from my subconscious usually still looks good to me during revision, albeit in need of a little polish. I love the feeling I get when I re-read something I wrote several weeks ago, and find myself thinking, "This is good!". That only happens for me when I write from my inner self.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Not exactly representative of my genre, but Stephen King has probably been the biggest influence on me over the years. I actually have no interest in horror, but King has an ability to tell a story, and more importantly to place the reader in the story. I don't read his books so much as I experience them.
As I'm not a horror fan, I often find his book endings a little disappointing, but that doesn't matter to me – its about the journey more than the destination.
What are you working on now?
Outlining two books, one of which is a long term project, the other of which will be started in the next few weeks. And trying to market The Autumn Encounters, which I hate doing. I'm a writer, I don't want to have to do this stuff! 🙂
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I'll let you know in about 12 months…
Do you have any advice for new authors?
No, but if they have any for me, I'm always willing to learn.
Oh, actually yes I do:
Just do it. Do it for the joy of writing, the joy of telling the story, the joy of completing a manuscript. As long as you love your book, it doesn't matter what anybody else thinks. Just do it, and be one of that tiny percentage of people who actually wrote a book.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
"Don't jump yet, the bungee's not attached."
What are you reading now?
This page. Is this a trick question?
What’s next for you as a writer?
God knows. I guess that would scare some people, but I love it. If I wake up every morning having no idea what I'm going to do, then every day is an adventure and a blank canvass.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Oooh. Just one?
Then I'm going to say IT by Stephen King. That's the first book I read where I really felt that I was a part of the story. I felt like a twelve year-old all over again, King somehow managing to make the decisions and actions of the child characters in the book make perfect sense, even though to an adult, they would seem insane.
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