What’s your writing background? When did you begin writing and what inspired you?
Ever since I can remember, I have read books. A comment from one of my early school reports stated I was quite happy to sit in the little class library reading. The first story I ever wrote, I must have been about twelve I think, it was for a school writing competition. The winner got his story in the school magazine – my story won. I used to write a lot of stuff just for myself, never showed it to anyone. I don’t remember at what point I decided I want to be a writer. I suppose it was not long after I started at the comprehensive school. I approached my English teacher for advice, I was consistently top of my class in English, and so I thought he would be full of encouragement – of course I was wrong. His advice, I would be better off joining the army or going down the local pit, the destination for most of the youth from my village at that time. Since I did not fancy being shot at or like confined spaces, those options were not for me. So that was it for me, I gave up my personal writing. Never wrote again until about two years ago. I discovered Writers Cafe while trawling the net one night, something seemed to click within me, I started writing again. This time I showed my stuff to my family who liked the stuff I had put on line, asking me where it had come from. Also I was getting good reviews. Then along comes Matt Hilton and Action Pulse Pounding Tales. The rest is my history still evolving. My inspiration comes from my family and friends who never laughed or called me weird when they found out what I was doing. Also my inspirations come from those who have gone before, who have done what I am trying to do now.
How often do you write? And how do you manage to fit in writing among other commitments?
I do try and fit in some writing every day. It’s all about organising your time. I’m a house husband, so after all the chores are done I will sit down and write. My aim is to get in about 2000 words if I can. It’s all about managing your time. I’m still happy if I only get a paragraph down, so long as I write something.
In which genre do you most enjoy writing?
All of my books have been in the thriller genre so far. I feel comfortable in this genre. I do plan at some point to do a horror, and a sci-fi. I do like books with plenty of action, so I guess this translates into my work.
What draws you to write in that genre?
We are a product of our upbringing, so I guess a writer is a product of the books he or she has read. I grew up reading the likes of David Morrell, Eric Van Lustbader, Jack Higgins, Robert Ludlum, as well as the pulp books of the late 70s and 80s, so I guess that is why I write the type of stories and books that I do.
Can you tell me about your current project(s)?
I am working on the third book in the Dalton series, titled Jericho Blues. My protagonist is going to face his toughest enemy yet. Also I am in the middle of editing a short story ready for Action Pulse Pounding Tales Vol 2, whenever Matt gets round to putting out a call for submission. It’s called Dalton’s Blues, and details the events of the night that turned Jimmy away from the gangster lifestyle and led to him joining the army.
What are your writing plans for the future?
My plans are to carry on writing as long as the ideas keep flowing, and my legion of ten or so readers keep reading my stuff. Also to keep learning this trade called writing. I am still in the junior league compared to the big boys out there, but I am tenacious and will keep tapping away, kicking in doors, blowing stuff up and piling up the body count with each page, and I hope, increase the circle of readers I have. It is early days for me in this game as yet. I have only been writing seriously since May of this year but who knows where I will be in a year or two. Thanks for having me in the booth for a chat, Ruth.
Where can people find out more about you?
You can usually find me hanging around these sites.