About the Author
Hi all! This is me! Author of six books ALL 5* rated! Shadow/Micro Musings/Fly on the Wall/Micro Erotica/The Making of Melissa/Dead And Buried!
I was born in a small town in Northumberland, England. Lived & worked in Newcastle for many years in a variety of careers. Worked as freelance sports journalist/broadcaster for numerous magazines/newspapers & radio stations from the early 1980’s to the early 1990’s. Also Deputy Sports Editor for what was then BBC Radio Newcastle, as part of ten years freelancing for the BBC.
A wide writing portfolio includes business/food/travel/lifestyle & education, in addition to sport.
Also a qualified teacher, lecturing in Communications/Media studies at a college in Newcastle for five years.
Other hats worn include HR Manager/professional actor/salesman/market researcher.
I got the travel bug around 2002 & went to live & work in Taiwan/Greece/Czech Republic &
in Bangkok for much of the next ten years, teaching/editing/writing. I returned to settle in South Wales in June 2012 with my wife. I am now teaching full time at a language school & continuing to write!
I’ve many passions-cricket/writing/music/movies/food/photography/reading/swimming/social media. A self-confessed chocoholic and Twitter addict!
My music and reading tastes are eclectic and range from easy listening to jazz/disco and soul and authors/writers include- Dickens/Wilde/Shakespeare/Chandler/Lovecraft/Tolkien/Voltaire/F. Scott Fitzgerald/Dorothy B. Hughes/Poe.
What inspires you to write romance books?
I’m a romantic in most things, I love romantic poetry, music and art and hopefully regard myself as very much an English gentleman, so this extends into my romantic/erotic fiction.
Tell us about how you write:
Unlike many writers, I don’t set word targets, I feel this invites negativity into what is after all a creative process if you fail to meet those ‘goals’. I am happy with whatever words I am able to fashion on any day. As I teach full time, most of my writing is done at night, or at weekends, and life does have a habit of getting in the way, but I am adaptable. My quote. “When I’m not writing, I’m thinking about writing!” Even in a classroom, if my students are engaged in some task, I might be pondering some plot development or character progression.
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I am a highly organised person and like order with flexibility in my full time teaching, but as for my writing, I do make some rough notes on characters, but basically I let my characters drive the story. I do re-read and review frequently what I have done, but I’m essentially a free spirit with my writing. I do talk to my characters, they are my children, I have created them and I feel guilty if I neglect them even if only for a day.
What advice would you give other writers?
I do write across several genres, horror/mystery/noir/fantasy/poetry, but for romantic fiction, I’ would say to keep the dialogue convincing and in terms of the sex make it appealing to men and women, without sounding sexist, female readers want to engage with the mind as well as with the body, so lots of bedroom action without any real story may be a turn off in every sense of that phrase for some.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’ve been writing professionally for more than 30 years as a journalist/editor/writer so it was for me a natural progression into writing books and there was no hesitation in going via the self-publishing route, I wasn’t prepared to submit stories then wait for months to hear any feedback.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
As I mentioned, time was a large factor in self-publishing, this is not to say I would not like to be published through a publisher, but at the moment my focus in on short stories, rather than novels. It is a personal choice, if new authors feel they have a strong story, then by all means send it to publishers and see what happens, but also explore the self-publishing field too, more chances, more possible exposure and as we know, many books published as e-books which started as ‘sleepers’ have gone on to achieve huge success.
As for the future, I hope there will always be a need to read and for books to be created, produced and sold in a variety of formats, even in this culture of diminishing attention spans and quick fixes.
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