In the Booth – Writing Lives
My writing background really began in earnest about eight years ago, when I attended three different college courses for writing. I went on one course, which was how to write your auto-biography, and two courses on how to write a novel and how to re-write your novel. I have always loved writing from a very young age, English being my favourite subject at school.
My inspiration comes from everywhere. I’m an avid reader of anything I can get my hands on; I like to imagine what happens after I’ve read the last page, where do the characters go? I muse on normality being forced into an abnormal condition, where someone I know or some part of my own character is forced to confront a situation they could never have imagined.
Currently I am running about talking to people about 'In Stark Weather'...a novel that focuses on three different men, a failed musician striking out to try one last time, an author chasing success that he fears he will never beat, and a man so tormented by abuse and neglect that he has begun coping by giving into horrible acts of violence.
With non-fiction, I like to write practical books of the how-to type, helping my readers to achieve something. It's rewarding to play a part in a reader's success. For example, with Twitter for Writers, I show writers how to use Twitter to improve your writing, network with other authors, meet fans, build a platform, gain exposure, find reviewers and sell books.
I became interested in spiritual enlightenment, metaphysics, self-empowerment and self-healing. The self-healing I used to heal myself of the many traumatic experiences that were deeply hidden. Continuing to learn more, I moved onto personal development, soul growth, the sub-conscious, other dimensions, spirit possession, the...
I write in a literary way probably because I’m a poet at heart and can’t help loving word play and metaphorical language! I do still feel literary work should be accessible and pacy though and that’s why I also admire writers like Anne Tyler and Anita Shreve who are great storytellers, but also write with real elegance.
I think I’m definitely most comfortable writing in the YA/fantasy genre, although at some point I would like to have a go at something a little different... I’d say it’s a case of sticking to what you know, subjects you can relate to. I read a lot of YA fiction and I love anything that falls into the fantasy genre... I guess I’ve written a book that I would buy myself.
I’m now perceived as an author, a title I like very much and certainly it’s much better than being labelled a gangster that’s for sure... I can channel this fresh, positive energy into things which are a million miles removed from those that defined my life before. Writing has also given me a newfound purpose, a sense of direction, and an enthusiastic aptitude to move forward in a different light whilst simultaneously putting the past firmly behind me.
We all like to live healthier, but it is often not known what is healthy and what is not... For example, simply changing the type and amount of carbohydrates in your diet has an important relation with your risk for diabetes... It has also been shown that coffee and tea are about the best beverages that you can drink...
I like writing about relationships and people. I like to write about subjects that people can relate to. I want my stories to make people think. I want them to be emotive... I think I am quite an emotional person and very interested in the psychology of people...why people are the way they are, what made them like that and how people react to others.