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When did you start writing?
Probably as soon as I learned to read. But I didn't start to write full time until I took early retirement years ago.
What makes writing your passion?
I guess it is just an urge to get the stories down that whirl around in my head. Passion is certainly the right word to explain that urge that makes us keep on writing despite many setbacks. I love creating characters and situations.
How long have you been writing?
I began writing full time about 1986, and my first publication arrived in 2000
What was the feeling when you published your first book?
Amazing. Only an author can possibly explain that euphoria of seeing a book that you created reach publication stage be it in paperback or e-book.
What’s the story behind your choice of characters?
My characters always seem to come first. Their names are very important to me. Next I work on the setting and where each character stands in the story. I think there is a lot of my father in most of my heroes. I love strong men who can be gentle and kind.
What annoys you the most in pursuing a writing career?
The few reviewers who take delight in putting a book down. My mother always taught me that if you cannot say something nice then keep your views to yourself. We spend hours poring over our work. I understand that not everyone will enjoy my books but why must the trolls be so nasty?
How do you get over the “writer’s block”?
By doing some research on the period the book will be set in. I don't really suffer from writers block as such, simply have a breather at times before moving on.
We all know the writer’s path is never easy, what makes you keep going? What advice would you give to new authors?
Well, that old time advice is really the only way to go if you want to see your work published. Keep at it and try to improve as you go along. Be aware that not everyone is going to love your stories but aim to please those who do.
If you could go back in time and talk to your younger self, what would you say?
Try to be patient. Life is never a bed of roses whatever path you take. Do what you enjoy doing.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad ones?
Of course we all love to read the good reviews, I now ignore the trolls who are intent on abusing the work of others. Everyone is entitled to an opinion but try to be kind with it.
What is the feeling when you get a good review?
Amazing. It tells me that not everyone but someone out there has enjoyed by work.
Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?
Oh yes, more than once, especially some of the hilarious events.
Which of your characters you can compare yourself with? Did you base that character on you?
Never based a character on myself.
What do you think, the book cover is as important as the story?
Yes, I have been lucky to have an amazing graphic designer work on my covers and so far have loved them all.
Do you connect with your readers? Do you mind having a chat with them or you prefer to express yourself through your writing?