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When did you start writing?
I started writing fiction in December 2012, aged sixty-seven.
What makes writing your passion?
How long have you been writing?
What was the feeling when you published your first book?
Excitement. The first book I published was a book of memories - fact, not fiction. That was in August 2011. I carried the first proof copy with me all day.
What’s the story behind your choice of characters?
What annoys you the most in pursuing a writing career?
How do you get over the “writer’s block”?
I've never suffered from 'writer's block'. If the words aren't coming as freely as I'd like, I get up, walk away, and do something completely different. I watch sport, listen to music, agree to accompany my wife shopping. Anything to reduce the frustration. Some of my best ideas have come to me at the local garden centre when we're looking at bedding plants.
We all know the writer’s path is never easy, what makes you keep going? What advice would you give to new authors?
If you could go back in time and talk to your younger self, what would you say?
Why not try writing fiction, instead of being an accountant? Even if it's a long, hard road, it has to be more fun than this.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad ones?
If you ignore your reviews you never get to learn how good readers think you are, nor can you put right the things which really annoy the others that write the bad ones. As a reviewer myself I try to make any criticism constructive.
What is the feeling when you get a good review?
Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?
Which of your characters you can compare yourself with? Did you base that character on you?
What do you think, the book cover is as important as the story?
The book cover plays an important role. It should identify the genre, help p[lace the setting, and attract attention to the blurb. I have no idea what percentage weight various elements carry - cover, blurb, title, price, plus any others you wish to throw into the mix - the story must always be the controlling interest viz: a minimum 51% of the whole package.
Do you connect with your readers? Do you mind having a chat with them or you prefer to express yourself through your writing?
I connect with readers on my mailing list and encourage them to reciprocate. I've established a regular correspondence with several over the years. It's been most rewarding.
How do you feel when people appreciate your work or recognize you in public?
Who is your favorite author? Why?
Charles Dickens. Now there was a guy who could tell a story. I lost count of the characters he created, but pick on any one of them and see how accurately observed they are. He never missed a trick.
What’s the dream? Whom would you like to be as big as?
I'm seventy-five. I have no dream, no ambition. My goal is to live long enough to finish writing the final story in The Freeman Files Series. For now, that's #16 due by January 2022, but I'm hoping to sneak a few more in before the Grim Reaper notices.