Question: What have you published recently?

The first instalment of my Twin Worlds trilogy – The Chamber – was published in 2012. Vol.II – The Black Gate – will be out in late October 2013.

Question: How, and when, did you decide to become a writer?

I was reading Stormcaller by Tom Lloyd. I got 100 pages in and put it down. The only other book I have ever done that with is War & Peace (twice!) I started writing because I was convinced I could do better – thank Lloyd that is, not Tolstoy! Time will tell whether I have succeeded…

Question: Where can we find your published writing?

My work is also published on Amazon and Smashwords etc as ebooks or print-on-demand. Check out my website for all the links.

Question: What is a typical day like for you as a writer?

Writing fantasy is not my day job (writing about global economics is!) so I have to find time where I can: after work, at weekends, at lunchtime, even before work sometimes. However my wife is due to give birth to our first any day now so I have been told not to expect to get too much time for myself over the coming weeks and months!

Question: What are your favorite characters that you have created? Tell us about them

I like Juquor the best. He is the ubiquitous mage/wise man that all good fantasy books need. Flawed, funny and eccentric, I often laugh out loud writing his quips, imaging how frustrating it would be to be on the end of them. In Vol.I he pops up all over the place. In Vol.II he does not travel to the twin world with Kal and Daine (the main protagonists) but still you can feel his influence throughout their adventures.

Kal and Daine are very different people. I find it easier to write about Kal because he is the boy thrust into an awkward situation. Daine is a girl for starters, plus she has been educated as an assassin. Talking about how she views the world is more of a challenge. Readers tell me they empathise a lot more with Kal. This is harsh given Daine's background but then she is a product of her environment.

Question: do you find you “mentally edit” other writers’ works as you read them? Does doing this help you or bother you?

I have always done this but since The Chamber was published I feel I have more a right to do it. Strange perhaps but I feel like I have joined a club. Not an elite club (yet) but certainly a group of like-minded people who express themselves, their thoughts and emotions through the written word.

I don't mind the process though. As I was struggling through the syntax in Wolf Hall the other day I thought about how I might have made it more reader-friendly, amazing book as it is.

Question: What music do you listen to, while writing?

I don't. I prefer to write in complete silence, although my wife often has other ideas!

Question: What do you eat while writing?

I'm British: tea and biscuits!

What is your favourite non-alcoholic drink? 

Tea. Earl Grey.

What is your favourite cartoon character?

I always like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Which one was the funny one? Raphael?

What is your favourite movie of all time?

Gladiator. Closely followed by The Matrix.

What do you like to do for fun or just to relax?

Play sports. Watch sports. Write. Read.

Question: Where can we find you on the web?

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