Question: What have you published recently?

My book is called Bubble of Time and is the first instalment of the Lyonnesse Tales. It is a light-hearted and hopefully humorous fantasy.

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

I started writing fantasy games for Advanced Dungeons and Dragons as a teenager, and several of the players suggested I should turn them into books. But I didn’t start writing seriously until my early twenties. At that time I tried very hard to become a professional write, and had some success. I’d write anything. I had poetry published. I wrote newspaper and magazine articles. I entered every short story completion I could. Even getting an honourable mention with The Library of Avalon international fantasy competition. For a while I even had a monthly column in a magazine. All the while I was working on my first novel.

Question: Where can we find your published writing?

The book can be bought from in the UK. in the US and from anywhere.

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

Ah, well, I still work full time so my day starts at half six with the alarm going off. But as far as writing goes its rather patchy at the moment. By the time I have gone through the social networks and checked my email in the evening it is generally time for bed. I do get the odd hour of writing in here and there. I recently used up my last two days of annual leave and spent two whole days writing!

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

My favourite character? Hum, I don’t really have a favourite, or to forestall your next question, least favourite. I like all the characters for different reasons, even some that only get a brief mention. Some are charactures of people stereotypes or people I have met, others are merely how I’d like people to be. For instance, the woman that runs the Post Office is based on a school teacher I had when I was seven. A very austere woman who had never married, had long silver hair pulled back tight and pinned into a bun, and always wore a tweed skirt and jacket.

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

No, I don’t. Different authors have different styles and I may not like their style, even to the point of putting the book down. However, whether it’s a fast paced action sequence or pages and pages of descriptive text it all goes to help create the mental picture we build up when we read, so I take things as a whole. And I hope my readers will too. Bubble of Time has the loosest of plots, the point of the book is the enjoyment of reading.

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

Ah an easy question. Planet Rock. I’m an old rocker and it saves me having to get up and change cds.

Question: What do you eat while writing?

Basically whatever we have in the fridge. But on those all too rare days when the words are flowing my wife has to remind me to stop and eat something.

Five for Fun:

What is your favourite non-alcoholic drink?

Good quality freshly ground Java coffee.

What is your favourite cartoon character?

Bugs Bunny.

What is your favourite movie of all time?

The Empire Strikes Back. The original version before they added the really naff CGI stuff.

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

I am a committed motorcyclist or perhaps should be committed motorcyclist. I own 4 bikes at the moment, all from the late seventies or early eighties and ride as much as possible. My wife and I spent fourteen days riding around France and Switzerland. We covered 2600miles in that fortnight, and that includes a five day and a three day stopover. And another trip to Europe with some friends we clocked up nearly 3000 miles in seven days. Much of it in the pouring rain. We get out for a ride as often as we can.

Question: Where can we find you on the web?

Well there is the website, though I don’t update it as often as I should:

Or I’m on twitter:

And Facebook:

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