Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I'm an elderly, retired, Design Engineer, who specialized in products for the nuclear and medical markets. This work earned me an MBE from the Queen.
To date I've written about 20 books over the last 15 years, all self-published except one, that has a Chinese publisher!
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Points of View Book 4 – The Battle-Bots naturally follows on from PoV Book 3 -The American Connection. I was inspired to write the series by the late Harry Harrison, who more or less discovered me.. and gave me a glowing introduction to my award winning short story collections, TENERIFE TALL TALES.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Possibly. I start with a basic idea and then see where it leads me. I rarely know how it will end when I start writing.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
J.B. Priestley for his simple writing style, , Arthur C. Clarke for his imagination, and of course dear old Harry Harrison and his Stainless Steel Rat series.
What are you working on now?
Book 4 in my Points of View series, and an update to my fact/fiction book, THE SINGULARITY I S COMING: It has English and Chinese editions.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Having a wide as possible presence on the internet, but reviews are essential and very difficult to obtain for new books nowadays, without spending a fortune..!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Never give up… keep at it and watch out for opportunities..!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
It was from Harry Harrison i.e. ""If you want to be a successful writer, you must write novels." So I did..!
What are you reading now?
Mostly News Items… they always give me ideas.
What’s next for you as a writer?
To get my PoV series on the best sellers list.
What is your favorite book of all time?
The anthology Fifty in Fifty, by Harry Harrison… it's a brilliant, awe inspiring collection. He gave it to me as a gift for hosting him for a wonderful week, back in 2007.
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