Books: Rebecca/Azazel/Ginji/The Warden and The fourteen shrines.
What gave you the idea for The Warden?
To be quite honest it was nightmares mixed with the feeling that todays horror just isn’t scary.
What got you into writing in this genre?
The challenge to create something new and dynamic. Horror is a new subject for me and my fans but it proved successful.
How long have you been writing?
Tell us about your past books and stories?
I have published 5 books now and all of them belong to a series. My first novel I finished as a young teen. Mostly I write in all aspects of fantasy. The fourteen shrines is my earliest work and my crowning jewel, I love the storyline, the build up the twists, turns and the magic behind the pages.
What is the writing process like for you? What is your writing day like? What have been the biggest influences on your writing?
My biggest influence to writing as I got older had to be manga. Sounds strange because manga is a series of drawings but it also tells a brilliant story. I cannot draw so I write. As for my process of writing when I do not work nights I wake every day at 3-4am and write until 7am where I then get ready for a day of working. I work every day so early hours is the only time I can get any credible writing in.
What is your favorite book (other than your own book, of course) and why? What book disappointed you and why?
The lion, the witch and the wardrobe was a favorite classic of mine as a child. I recall crying over Aslam dying. I was 8 back then yet remember it like it was yesterday. As for the worst and biggest disappoint that had to be fifty shades. I wont say why because I can rage on for hours about it.
How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
I challenge myself on a constant basis, Literacy is a craft that cannot be mastered I believe as there is always new walls to break down and step through. I’m self taught and from back as a teen my writing has come a long way, I use to be way over descriptive.
What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?
I only use Microsoft word and Grammarly, Grammarly is amazing but have to be careful using it.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received from another author?
You don’t know what you have until you have finished it. No matter how bad the book may seem half way through, finish it.
How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?
I struggle with marketing, advertising is not my forte sadly. I’m trying to learn but I’m quite reclusive unless on my fan page.
What piece of your own work are you most proud of?
I’m proud of everything I write, funny enough.
For those who haven’t read any of your stories, what story/book of yours do you think best represents your work and why?
The Warden is how dark and deep my mind can go. If you like a scare or your heart to pound then I recommend reading it at night alone. Azazel is also a short story about a young foul mouthed teen trying to get into Hell as he is mentored by a dying man. It’s a short read and a perfect sample of what people can expect of my fantasy writings.
What are you doing next?
Currently writing the Warden 2 and finishing the last book in the Rage series called Egg.
What advice would you give aspiring writers?
Write for joy, write because you like it. Never write for fame or fortune as that will only drag you down.
I am 27 years old now and I have been writing from the age of 7. My life hasn’t been easy, no ones life ever is. I grew up on a run down estate, we got broken into weekly and didn’t have much. Its how I got into writing really as thieves stole everything from the house but never stole my writings. School was never much better either but I would rather avoid the subject. As of now I have two wonderful children and a very supportive misses. We have four jobs and each work 7 days a week to provide for the children, its not a great lifestyle choice but when I get to write I forget all the worries of working and the hardships.