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Is writing a real job?
Yes it is. Okay, it isn’t paying the bills at the moment but one day it will do.
Where do you get your ideas from?
Anywhere and everywhere. Sometimes I’ll get a fragment of an idea and slowly work it into something. Sometimes ideas just pop into my head fully formed. There’s no telling what triggered the idea, it just happens.
Are any of your characters based on real people?
Yes, I’ve been inspired by real people and used them as a basis for a character. Normally I’m kind to these characters and they live or finish the story unharmed but not always. I always change the characters’ names and replaced some of their characteristics so they’re unrecognisable.
What about events you’ve witnessed or heard about?
I’ve heard several tales from friends and transcribed them into stories of my own. I always add my own elements to them. I also find inspiration in historical events, unsolved mysteries and What If stories.
Why do you write?
Because I enjoy it. This is a really hard question to answer. I just do. I like creating new worlds and telling stories. I like the satisfaction of completing a piece of work. I like the power of changing someone’s thoughts and feelings with written words. I don’t think I have much of a choice in being a writer. If I was unable to write I’m pretty sure I would go mad!
Why do you write what you write?
Same reason as the above. Because I enjoy it and because I don’t think I have a choice. I’ve always been drawn to fantasy in particular, I love the magical elements and I think we can always find something to relate to in a fantasy world.
How do you deal with Writer’s Block?
I take a break. I play on the Playstation, I watch a film, I read a book, I go for a walk… I do anything away from my computer screen. When I return to my work with fresh eyes I can normally solve the problem.
What is your typical writer’s day?
There is no typical day or me as my life is varied. I try to write everyday. If I’m stuck on the train to work I’ll write some notes on my phone, I’ll scribble down a paragraph or two on my lunch break, If I find myself home alone for an hour I’ll normally be writing. I find I write best in twenty-minute bursts. Write for twenty minutes, then a five minute break where I make a cup of tea, watch a Youtube video, procrastinate and then return to my writing,
What is your process of writing a novel?
My process in writing a novel is to complete a first draft and then complete several short stories until I’ve forgotten about the novel. When I return with fresh eyes I print it off and read through it line by line editing everything with a red pen. I write up these notes, complete a few more short stories and then repeat. I’m normally satisfied with a piece after I’ve completed between two – five drafts.
What is your process of writing a short story?
This process is similar to the above but on a smaller scale. I complete a first draft and then return in a few days to complete a second draft. I continue in this fashion until the story is ready for submission. Then I look for somewhere to submit to.
What do you write?
In terms of which medium I write in, the answers are: novels, novellas, short stories, flash fiction, micro-fiction and screenplays. Occasionally I’ll pitch an article for a magazine. As for what genre I write Fantasy, Sci fi, Horrors, Thrillers and Historical.
What are your favourite films and TV shows?
Oh there are so many to choose from… My favourite films would be Unstoppable, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, The Perks of being a Wallflower, Star Wars, Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. I enjoy most superhero films in particular The Avengers, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.
As for TV shows I’m addicted Doctor Who, Sherlock and Game of Thrones.
What are your favourite books?
Anything written by John Green, The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, Orcs by Stan Nicholls, the Harry Potter Series by J K Rowling and Doctor Who: The Writer’s Tale: The Final Chapter by Russell T. Davies and Benjamin Cook to list a few.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m currently working on my novel Empty Nights. My plan is to finish the manuscript by 31 January 2017 and after my beta readers have left their comments, submit it to a literacy agent.