I was recently interviewed by my friend and fan Ashley Redican, about my new book Arabella and other questions, here's the interview...
Q1. When did you first realise you wanted to be a writer?
I enjoyed writing from a young age and it had always been more of a hobby, as back then I was mostly interested in drawing and painting. But at nineteen was when I got back into writing starting with poetry and a novella. I felt more passion for writing than I had anything else, even drawing, and that was when I truly knew what I wanted to do.
Q2. What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I don't really have a schedule. I just try to do as much as I possibly can in the time I have, and go with what feels right.
Q3. What do you like doing when you’re not writing?
When I'm not writing I enjoy going on day trips and traveling around England, watching films, reading, baking and watching live bands.
Q4. What is the most surprising thing you have learned in creating your books?
I have learned that even when you think your book is going in one direction it sometimes goes the opposite way as if it's writing itself.
Q5. Do you hear from your readers? If so, what kind of things do they say?
Yes sometimes, they usually tell me if they have enjoyed my book.
Q6. What do you think makes a good story?
The characters, plot and twists all make a good story.
Q7. In Arabella, which character would you like to date and why?
I've never really thought about that one before. But I guess if I had to choose it would be Alexander, as he has a kind heart and never gives up on the love he has for Sophia.
Q8. Are your characters emotions in Arabella based on your own life experiences or someone you know?
I guess you could say some are based on my past experiences, but most however belong to the characters.
Q9. Are the characters Arabella Lybeck and Lewis Larson from your imagination or were they inspired by people in your life?
The characters were created from my imagination. However, I have been told on one occasion that my character is similar to Arabella’s.
Q10. What are your plans now? Are you planning a new book or a series? Could you tell us about it?
I have many plans. In fact I have a book of ideas for the next twenty books I'm going to write, including books two and three of the Silver City trilogy, a four book fantasy series and I'm even working on a sequel to Arabella, which is top secret at the moment due to spoilers.
Q11. Do you think books like twilight and 50 shades of grey are ruining how women view men and how in future romance books, they will be stiff, boring, emotionless, awkward and totally unrealistic?
I haven't read fifty shades, but I am a big fan of the Twilight series. I would say no as every character is different in every story and fiction is different from your real life average man. Most people read for escapism, so if book characters were like people in real life there would be no need for books! And a world without books would be pretty boring, right?
Thanks for reading,