Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I reckon that the seed for my storytelling ambitions was sown when I was a kid. The classic tale: schoolteacher puts student on the spot by making him read his writing aloud. Other interests would emerge during summer breaks, when I would design tree houses and project manage their construction. I grew up in various countries, returning to the UK as a teen to study architecture at university in Bristol – the hometown of world-renowned graffiti artist Banksy. While writing my Urban Design Master’s Thesis in London on crime prevention, I befriended a police officer. Despite my best efforts, I wasn’t able to glean the kind of knowledge that could be used for a novel. Turns out that “Designing Out Crime” Police Officers know far more about residential layouts – oddly enough – than juicy murder investigations. I currently live in Sweden, where I work as a creative tech expert in urban planning, in addition to being an entrepreneur. I’ve written a mystery thriller called 24 Hours, and a techno thriller called Unforeseen Enemy. I’m currently working on several new novels. I promise to keep the words coming on a regular basis.
Tell us about your books.
My latest, published book, is a techno thriller called Unforeseen Enemy. Sniper and intelligence operative Jack Shaw just failed a mission, leaving his partner dead. Anguished, Jack teams up with young operative Yi Ling on a globe-spanning mission to seek redemption. But when their search for justice collides with a twisted mastermind who controls the holy grail of human genetic engineering, they’re in a race to stop this sociopath’s homicidal technology before it’s unleashed on a history-altering scale. My fascination with genetics inspired me to write this story. Human genetic engineering will have the potential to cause great harm in the future; I created a sort of ‘worst case scenario.’ I’m currently working on a sci-fi thriller. I’m halfway through the first draft, so there’s some work left to be done. Fans of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One should enjoy this one. I’ve also done research for the next installment of my mystery series featuring PIs Martin Brunner & Daniel Lakin.
How did you go about getting published?
I’m a self-published author. Let me say this: learn to walk before you try to run (applies to most areas of life). To quote Ryan Holiday, ‘the ego is the enemy’ (disclaimer: the quote is not linked to my novel Unforeseen Enemy).
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
I have to take a walk before I sit down to write, as I like to write for long stretches of time. Physical exercise is crucial for my creativity and productivity. I also brew some Yerba Mate tea, which I mix with Rooibos tea to make it taste better! If I’m in a hurry to get my words down, I’ll go for a cup of instant coffee instead.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
I currently live in Sweden, where I work as a creative tech expert in urban planning, in addition to being an entrepreneur.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
Seek professional help! Less is more.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
Make sure that the book is as good as it possibly can be. Ask beta readers to read the multiple drafts of your book. Entertaining readers is my top priority, so asking for continuous feedback is a must. This should yield the best possible results, regardless of the type of marketing used.
What’s your favorite book?
Terry the turtle builds a raft (available on Amazon)
What are you reading now?
The Omega Strain by Steve P. Vincent
What’s your next book project?
I’m currently working on a sci-fi thriller. I’m halfway through the first draft, so there’s some work left to be done. Fans of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One should enjoy this one. I’ve also done research for the next installment of my mystery series featuring PIs Martin Brunner & Daniel Lakin.