What’s your writing background? When did you begin writing and what inspired you?
I would hardly say I have a writing background at all; I was rubbish at English at school, despite that my mother was an English teacher (not mine thank God). The first thing I wrote in years that was not an email or a proposal or such was my PhD dissertation. That ran to, I think, about 25,000 words, which I tried to keep ‘un-dry’, the polar opposite to every dissertation I’ve ever read, and it came across as not half bad. That made realise I could write, whether anybody wanted to read it was going to be another matter entirely but I thought I would have a go.
The inspiration for the story came from what I was witnessing around me or more accurately witnessing on the TV and in the media on a daily basis and that really followed two strands. The first, the hacking scandal, I was disgusted with much the press where writing about and the methods they employed to get this so-called information, and the second driver was the government. I think they are destroying the country with their policies, they have totally lost touch with the populous, and their policies are making the rich richer and the poor poorer. I believe they are purely in it for themselves. All their hypocritical bullshit about working for the country is just that bullshit and the corruption they are all involved in is proof of that. So, I wrapped that up into a fictional novel, some of it, I know is rather close to the bone, but I changed names and there is a nice big disclaimer on the front.
How often do you write? And how do you manage to fit in writing among other commitments?
I finished it a few months ago and since then I have been working on getting it published and most recently getting it publicised, which at the moment is a daily chore I don’t too much relish. I also have several more ideas I am working on. So, I am writing in one form or another every day.
Other commitments, well, those are many. I am involved in renewable fuels research, hence the PhD, and I have a few private clients that I design buildings for, and then there is the rugby. I’m involved with a local club – both my sons play there whom I coach and they also play for the county. All in all, it’s a busy life but somehow I do mange to sleep occasionally.
In which genre do you most enjoy writing?
The only one I have as yet is thriller, but that being said when my agent first rang me, he asked what genre I would put ‘A Plague of Dissent’ in. It has a fair amount of sex in it, which I am certainly partial to. I also hope it makes people laugh, or parts of it do, and there is a love story going on under the covers.
What draws you to write in that genre?
Having always been an avid reader, I particularly enjoyed thrillers and sci-fi, so I think it is a natural progression. But I am experimenting with another genre at the moment in collaboration with a writer friend; she writes erotic fiction and romance. So, erotic thriller romances. Is that a genre?
Can you tell me about your current project(s)?
I have two more outlined with the same characters as A Plague, called ‘Gaia’s Warriors’ and the other with a working title of ‘Revenge’. Both see some of characters from the first dragged kicking and screaming deeper into a world of deceit and corruption. Then there is ‘The Hope’, a modern day take on English gangsters, again with a similar twist where the main characters find themselves in this world through a series of mishaps. And finally, at the moment, there is ‘The Blogger’, a parallel tale of an English gangster and a stunning and very exclusive American escort and how their paths collide, which is in collaboration with my friend Hunter.
What are your writing plans for the future?
Selling some books would be nice.
Where can people find out more about you?
There are the first six chapters of ‘A Plague of Dissent’ are on my website and a bio on my blog, along with reviews on Goodreads and Amazon, where of course you can buy it if so inclined.
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