In your own words, please tell us about yourself.
Well, I come from the north of England and live in a small, quiet village. Aside from writing, I have interests in many other areas and always have my mind open to new ones. I’ve studied subjects ranging from criminal profiling to animal management, so I have quite a few pets and I love animals. I like to draw and make new friends, and would love to travel the world one day, America in particular.
Who are your favorite writers, your favorite books, and who or what are your writing influences?
I’m a huge fan of Stephen King, he has written so many brilliant books! I really love The stand, Pet Sematary and IT. I’m also a massive fan of J.K.Rowling and George R.R.Martin. Harry Potter really was my childhood and really influenced me. Now, as an adult, I’m finding great joy in A Song of Ice and Fire. Another book that left a lasting impression on me was The Last Templar by Raymond Khoury, I love how it really makes you think about so many things you might not otherwise consider.
As for my influences, I think that we’re all influenced by everything that we’ve read or watched. Personally, I feel like the opinions you have on existing works, form the basis of your own writing style. You learn what you like and dislike, what you would change or do differently, and you create something that you yourself would like to read.
What led you into writing? Was it a lifelong ambition, or the result of some type of turning point in your life?
I suppose an honest answer is that I've been writing for as long as I could hold a pencil. My mum likes to tell me about the stories I would write as a child, before I even knew the alphabet! Apparently, I would scrawl pages and pages of 1's and 0's, kind of like binary, and then be able to 'read' back some wild story that I'd made up.
In terms of seriously writing, I would always start stories and then lose interest before I ever came close to finishing it. I think that what inspired me to find the commitment to see them through was just the fact that I have such imagination and so many stories inside of me. It felt like a waste not to write them down and share them. It has always been a dream of mine to pursue a writing career but I think there was a turning point where I just said to myself: ‘Okay, let’s make it happen this time.’
When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?
I think it was probably when Harry Potter first really took off and became a household name. I remember watching a TV show about J.K.Rowling and thinking ‘Wow. She was just like me and she had an idea for a story. She wrote that idea down and now look where she is.’ I always had ideas for stories and I think that it showed me that all you need to do is try and brilliant things could happen, someone could like your idea and it could lead you somewhere.
If there was one thing you could tell your readers, what would it be?
Dare to dream. You might come up with a million reasons why you shouldn’t, You might tell yourself that it’s pointless, but you owe it to yourself to try. The only regret you will ever have is if you don’t. I was scared to fail too, but even if I can’t make a successful career out of writing, the experience is incredible and I’ve something that I always wanted to do.
What is more important: Characters or plot?
I think both are equally important. You could have an incredible story to tell, but if your characters are flat and people can’t relate to them, you will never be able to do it justice. Likewise, your characters could be amazing people, well developed and likable, but if you don’t give them something to do and send them on adventures, you are wasting their potential.
Who do you see as your target audience and where can we buy the book?
I think that Dying to Live will appeal to many different people. There is an aspect in it for everyone. There is horror and gore but alongside that there are characters forming deep friendships and fighting the odds. There are elements of science fiction and conspiracy that anyone can enjoy.
The book is currently available worldwide on Amazon Kindle but I have plans to make print copies available in the coming months.
You can find it at amzn.com/B0150FZ0GS
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