Tell us about yourself and your books.:
My series, The Swithen, tells the real legend of King Arthur in modern novels. The challenge I've set for myself is that I'm not allowed to change anything from the Medieval legends, written from 1136 to 1485, I can only add or enhance characters and scenes. This way readers know that they're discovering the real legend of King Arthur. So much Arthurian fiction strays so far from the original that you lose what's great about it. I really wanted to preserve the real thing and bring it to a new audience.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I am very much about revising. That's where the magic happens. So I really just try to get anything down on the page as a first step, then I have something to work with. Definitely helps avoid writer's block.
What authors have influenced you?
For my series, I read Thomas Malory and the many authors of the earlier Arthurian legends. T.H. White was a big influence, since I'm basically doing the same thing–fleshing out the Arthurian legend while remaining faithful to the source. Other than that, I mostly read classics and some noir fiction. Henry James, Flannery O'Connor and Jim Thompson have all definitely influenced my books.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Focus on the writing. There's so much else to busy yourself with… creating profiles, tweeting, making updates to social media… but if the writing isn't there you have nothing.
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