I’m busy writing book III at the moment and also a Young Adult fantasy book.
How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
A lot. I spent a great many years in the military and saw service in several conflicts. I use these real experiences to flavor my novels – the horror, dark humor, camaraderie and the effect it all has on ourselves, our relationships and family.
I’ve always been interested in reading and as a child used to jot down stories and then bin them, before my parents found them. I wrote my first short story during the Falklands War. It was a scifi, based on my experiences there and it was published by Back Brain Recluse.
Do you have a set schedule for writing or do you just go with the flow?
What is your writing routine once you start a book?
What about your family, do they know not to bother you when you are writing - or are there constant interruptions?
What do you do to relax and recharge your batteries?
What truly motivates you in general? In your writing?
Where do your ideas come from?
Do you feel humour is important in science fiction, and why?
What are your thoughts on love scenes in romance novels, do you find them difficult to write?
What kind of research do you do?
Would you like to write a different genre than you do now, or sub-genre?
Please tell us about yourself (family, hobbies, education, etc.)
Who are some of your other favorite authors to read?
What do you think of critique groups in general?
Where do you see yourself in five years?
After you've written your book and it's been published, do you ever buy it and/or read it?
Among your own books, have you a favorite book? Favorite hero, or heroine?
What book for you has been the easiest to write? The hardest? The most fun?
Which comes first, the story, the characters or the setting?
What is the hardest part of writing/the easiest for you?
Have you experienced writer's block---> If so, how did you work through it?
What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?
If you weren't writing, what would you be doing?
Are there any words of encouragement for unpublished writers?