- Do you write books as a career, or are you currently still juggling your author time with a full or part time job?
I would love to write as a career, but I am still working full time and squeezing some writing in where I can. It’s a little more challenging now I have two little ones to entertain. The first three books were written a number of years ago, so now I have to update the story and finish the fourth book called ‘Jimmy Threepwood and the divider of fabric and space.
2. Have you always wanted to be an author, or did some time or event in your life set you on the path?
I would say that it was a touch of fate. I never considered writing but I managed to break my arm quite badly. Someone suggested I should write a book. I had a think about it and came up with the concept of the anti-hero and the struggles he would go through to do bad things. It is an interesting platform as the story can then become a will he do it, or won’t he?
3. Do you always write in the same genre, or do you sometimes like a change of theme? If you haven’t already, is there another genre you would like to write?
The Jimmy Threepwood series sits between an older children’s book and young adult. There is a plan for four books and the third book, the echoes of the past has just been released, so now I need to finish the series with book 4 and book 5. Once the series is completed, I have a few ideas to move into a thriller style genre but that will be a good time in the future.
4. As a writer, what is the best thing that has happened to you, and what is the most exciting thing that could happen to you?
First of all, I would say it was getting my book published. It was a strange feeling that someone would read a story I had written and agree to turn it into a book for others to enjoy. From then on it became a roller coaster. I had a book launch at Waterstones in Plymouth, Cardiff and Newport. I found that exciting as it would mean talking to someone you have never met about my stories. The next exciting path was being selected as a finalist in the People’s Book prize and attending an awards ceremony in London. I have met some wonderful people on my journey and I hope that the stories continue to inspire others and people continue to enjoy them.
5. How do you view the promotion, book signings etc. Is it something you enjoy, or do you prefer the writing stage?
I do a lot of my promotions by attending local schools and giving sessions to the groups on writing stories and how plots are built and followed. The school children enjoy the sessions and I find that quite rewarding.
6. Could you tell us something about your published books, and let us know what they are about and where they are available?
Jimmy Threepwood is a children’s and young adult fantasy series and there will be five books following the story of a boy destined to destroy the world. As the books progress readers discover that Jimmy is innately good, however, realising this, his companions set Jimmy on the course to become the most powerful being and fulfil his destiny…but will he go through with it.
Buy the books on Amazon. The latest, Echoes of the Past is here
Buy the books on Barnes and Noble. The latest, Echoes of the Past is here