Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
Whilst still at school, I attended a literature weekend where the special guest was author, Leon Garfield. When I heard him being interviewed, and listened to him talking about his writing, that was the first moment when I thought that one day I would like to be a writer too.
Tell us about your books.
My first four novels were each in a different genre. Firstly, I wrote a mystery, then a thriller. After that came a fantasy tale, and then a comedy. Subsequently I began to write an adventure saga: the first three volumes are already published, with volume 4 going live at the end of January. I am currently working on volume 5.
How did you go about getting published?
Having completed my first novel, some three years ago, I did the usual thing of sending it to various publishers, none of whom were interested. Then, in a chance meeting with my English teacher from school, he suggested that I should try publishing it as an e-book. I did – and have never looked back!
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
I do my best work in the early mornings, and I tend to average approximately 1200 words per day.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
In addition to my writing, I also do a lot of work as a music examiner for ABRSM. In fact, one of my novels, “Order of Merit”, draws heavily on my experience as an examiner and all the travelling it entails.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
Engage a proper artist. Yes, it will cost, but it is money well spent.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
Encourage friends and relatives to talk about your books – word of mouth is often a great way of getting your writing promoted…and it’s free!
What’s your favorite book?
I don’t wish to appear immodest, but I am actually very fond of my own writing(!) Is that allowed….?
What are you reading now?
I am currently doing some research into central European topics, in order to make my current Ruritanian saga as authentic as possible.
What’s your next book project?
As I mentioned earlier, I am currently writing volume 5 of “Ruritanian Rogues”. Int he back of each volume there is a note from the author, inviting readers to get in touch with ideas of how the story might unfold in subsequent volumes. I was delighted when one person contacted me asking if they could actually appear in the next book!