When and where do you prefer to write?
Early in the morning, either, at home, or whilst on holiday, which is usually Gozo, Malta.
Do you need peace and quiet when you are writing?
Yes definitely. The creative juices come to a shuddering half
if I’m distracted or disturbed when writing.
If you had the chance to co-write a book, whom would it be with?
late Leonard Cohen, obviously that won’t happen, but it is something I had dreamt about previously. A rewrite of his famous novel ‘Beautiful Losers’ but in layman’s terms!
Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the good guy or the bad one?
I’d opt for being the bad guy. It would be an opportunity
to see how the writer really perceives me through their subconscious.
Who would you like/have liked to interview?
was once asked to interview the musician Paul Weller of The Jam for a local newspaper, but it never came to fruition, I would though, like to interview the actress Eleanor Tomlinson from Poldark for purely selfish reasons.
Where can I find you when you are reading?
On a train, or plane.
Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?
In a pub, at a football match, or, on a long walk with my little dog, Stella.
What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
Usually, at first, a sense of personal pride
and then a nagging fear that something might have escaped the proofreading stage.
How do you come up with a title for your book?
I usually have a working title then come up with the final title after completing the manuscript. As an example, my second novel. ‘Fly Back and Purify’, is a quote from one of the characters from the book, the paranormal
journalist, Nathaniel Bream.
How do you pick a cover for your book?
I always base the cover idea on
the main plotline. The cover of ‘Jude & Bliss’ I think, depicts this very well. A good cover designer will always ask the right questions to enable this to be achieved.
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