Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I'm a British writer based in the north east of England on the Northumbrian coast. When people ask how many books I've written, I tell them four, as I have four paperbacks available. They are The Motel Whore & Other Stories, Guns, Drugs, And Dogs, An Eye For An Eye, and Fatboy. In terms of Kindle stories the number is a little higher as The Motel Whore stories and the Guns, Drugs, and Dogs stories are available individually – The Motel Whore, The Vampire, The Boy, The Mess, The Pitbull, and Three. However, I've got three more books coming very soon! The Runner, which is a prequel/companion to An Eye For An Eye, and Violent By Design which is a sequel to Eye. Also, coming early in 2019, will be Guillotine.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
I've got two coming very close together! They're both set in my native north east, taking place in Newcastle. As I said above, The Runner is the second in the Eye For An Eye series, but takes place before the incidents of Eye itself. It's a largely standalone story that features cameos of characters from the other story. That's released on August 31st. One month later will see the release of Violent By Design which is a direct sequel to Eye. If I had to describe Violent By Design in one word? Bloodbath.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I wouldn't necessarily say there's anything unusual about my writing habits. I'm pretty strict in them, I make sure I write something every day or else I get pretty antsy!
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Oh boy, a hell of a lot! Harry Crews, Jim Thompson, James Ellroy, Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, Zadie Smith, Iain Banks, Philip K Dick, Chester Himes, James Baldwin, Emile Zola. Some of my favourite books are IT, American Psycho, Trainspotting, Blonde, White Teeth, The Long Weekend, On The Road, Native Son, Germinal, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, The Black Dahlia. They're both lists that could go on and on.
What are you working on now?
I'm currently working on something that I think will come out novella length, I'm about two-thirds of the way through and I'm about to hit the 100 page mark. It's American-set, it has a road-trip in it, but beyond that I'm not willing to say much more! I don't like to talk about the details of new things I'm working on up until they're accepted and due to come out.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I feel Facebook is probably where I have the most reach. I'm also active on Twitter and Instagram, and I like the hashtag ability on Instagram that means you're able to reach a lot of people and especially ones who don't necessarily follow you, but yes, I think I've had my most success on Facebook.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Find what works best for you. Personally, I have to do it every day. If I don't, I get antsy, I feel like I'm not accomplishing anything, I feel like I'm wasting time. Also, you'll get better this way! Writing is like exercising, you've gotta build up those muscles, then you've gotta maintain them. But like I said, everyone is different, find what works best for you.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
In terms of writing? Do it every day. For anything else, nothing really springs to mind! I guess unless it's about writing I don't really pay much attention.
What are you reading now?
Got a few on the go – A History Of Heavy Metal by Andrew O'Neill (I saw him supporting Amanda Palmer and he was hilarious), Consider Phlebas by Iain M Banks, Natchez Burning by Greg Iles, I recently finished My Friend Dahmer by Derf, and I'm hoping to soon make a start on Love Stories Are Too Violent For Me by Will Viharo.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I hope to always progress. I want to write what I want to write, and take this as far as I can.
What is your favorite book of all time?
The Clown, by Heinrich Boll.
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