1. Tell me a bit about yourself?
I’m a writer, based in the UK. That’s about all I can say without giving my life story 🙂
2. What motivates you to write?
I’d be lying if I didn’t say money. It’s my job, and I have a mortgage to pay. Seriously, though, I love writing. I’m extremely lucky that I make a good living from it, but I’d be doing it even if I didn’t. I struggled along for five years just about paying the bills before things really took off, and I’d do the same if things went back to the way they were.
3. Have you had any influences along the way?
Yes, lots. Too many to name all of the influences in every area of my life, but Peter James and Stephen King have been big influences in terms of their writing styles.
4. Has anybody helped you get to where you are?
Lots of people. Again, too many to name. Writing seems like a solitary profession but there’s a huge team of people you couldn’t be without. From editors to cover designers, typesetters, agents… And of course the readers, as I certainly wouldn’t be where I am without them. That almost goes without saying.
5. Do you write by yourself or do you have a team of people behind you?
I write by myself. I don’t really believe in ‘team’ writing as you completely lose the coherent voice. Very, very few writing partnerships and teams actually work, and that’s usually only a case of sheer chance and good fortune that they have similar or complementary writing voices.
6. I noticed you have alot of books about mystery and suspense, is that your favorite genre or is it the easiest to write about?
It’s certainly not the easiest. It’s what I enjoy reading, and it’s the genre I know best. In order to write about something you need to be enthused by it, so that certainly makes it a lot easier.
7. Have you ever considered poetry or becoming an English teacher?
I’ve considered poetry, and have written plenty, but never published any. You’re on a hiding to nothing if you want to earn anything out of poetry, so I tend to keep that to myself. My wife’s a teacher and it requires a very unique skill set. In the UK we treat our teachers appallingly. Children, parents and the general public all have no idea of the work and dedication they put in. The British government top it all, though, when it comes to their dim view of teachers. There’s absolutely no way I could teach and I think that goes for the vast majority of people — particularly those who see fit to denigrate teachers.
8. Do you have any hobbies besides writing?
Writing is my hobby, so I don’t see it as work. I’m very active in theatre, though. As well as writing plays I also do quite a lot of acting with a local theatre company and get involved backstage as well, where I can. I also try to keep fit as much as possible and usually manage to get an hour or two’s exercise in most days.
9. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
That’s almost impossible to say. I’m at a stage in my career where it could go absolutely anywhere. Ideally, I’ll have a lot more books under my belt, a lot more stamps in my passport and a lot more money under my mattress. Other than that, I’m happy to see where the world takes me.
10. Where do you want to be in the future?
Somewhere sunny and filled with positivity.
11. Is it possible to break down the general process of writing a book?
It probably is, but it’s not something I’ve ever written down or drawn out, so it’s difficult. It’s a bit like teaching someone how to ride a bike. Generally, though, I start with a plot outline or summary, then break it down into sections and beats, before getting on with writing the prose.
12. Do you have any advice for fellow writers out there?
The same six words I always give: Arse on chair, fingers on keyboard.
13. Do you have any questions for me?
Yes. What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liIlW-ovx0Y