What’s your writing background?
I have written six books: Fantacia, Bellazard, Orion, Sky, How to be a Writer, or Not! and Black & White Roses. I am mainly a dark fantasy writer for adults.
When did you begin writing and what inspired you?
My son, who is a whopping 7 feet 2 inches, was starting his degree at university and wanted something he was interested in to get him into reading and study mode, so I wrote him the first book of what is now a trilogy called Fantacia. He loved it so much he persuaded me to continue writing more of the Voxians. So I did.
How often do you write? And how do you manage to fit in writing among other commitments?
I am a disabled graduate and have used writing as my escape from all that is going wrong with my body. I cannot get a job, so did the best I could with the skills I have, which seems to be working well for me.
In which genre do you most enjoy writing?
Dark fantasy – you can do almost anything with it.
What draws you to write in that genre?
I have mainly stuck to the same storyline and my new YA books continue from the trilogy. I enjoy this world I have created; the characters have been with me for quite a while now and it’s fun to write about them all. Even though they can be a little rough and ready, they are meant to be that way.
Can you tell me about your current project(s)?
Katania is one of the first planned YA books that tones down the language and violence of the adult trilogy. I have done this because my granddaughter really wants something of the Voxians herself. It is fabulous that she is interested but at only eleven, I would not let her read the adult version.
Katania’s enemy is called Nytshade; she’s evil and lethal – coming with a kiss that is truly deadly. The Vardu are back for another run in this story with powers that the Voxians do not expect.
This book also contains Kathos as a second story; this gives readers a look at the origins of Kathos and his people right up to the point where we see Fantacia, Orion and Shadow climbing into that ship at the beginning of the first book, Fantacia.
What are your writing plans for the future?
There is so much you can do with the Voxians; the YA group of books are called Voxian New Generation, but also I have plans to bring a fourth adult book called Raidar sometime in 2014/15. Next on the list is another YA called Jaredzane.
Where can people find out more about you?