What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
The first book I read was 'The Hobbit' as I was pretty into fantasy films as a kid and loved the idea of a talking dragon and a hero who was pint sized. I began writing at college when I had a cool idea to write a sci-fi trilogy based on four brothers which took me three years to write and is still after ten years some of my best work. Workmates were the first to read my work and I guess many agents who I sent my work out to, trying very hard to get it published. However as a writer I like to keep my work close to my chest.
What is your favorite genre? Can you provide a link to a site where we can read some of your work or learn something about it?
My new major project can be found at www.lonerseries.com. Background info, trailers, soundtrack and other cool stuff is available for perusal and download.
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
I am a work horse so my creative process always starts with the idea of the character, their motivation and any events that have happened or will happen to move them from one moment of their life to the other. With the 'LONER' series I am working on the idea came from looking at a woman's face for an hour while all these story ideas flashed in my head. I am a morning writer so a cup of ginger tea and a blank canvas are all I need to get my creative juices flowing.
What type of reading inspires you to write?
Newspapers, magazines, comics are all inspirations for ideas and what is worth writing especially from a human perspective. I always am drawn to perople stories rather than object stories as any good story is based on people and their trials and tribulations.
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
Character, character, character. Without good characters a story to me is dead in the water. The problem to overcome and villain to be bested are always strong ingrediants, which is why journey based stories or chase story ideas seem to always do well regardless of the medium they are written in.
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
I am happy writing in both first and second person, it all depends on the story and how you want to convey it over to a reader.
What well known writers do you admire most?
Patrick O'Brien who writes the Master and Commander series is a big influence on me and I love his humour and characters. J.R.R Tolkien would be another especially of course the 'Lord of the Rings'.
What is required for a character to be believable? How do you create yours?
Characters need to be based on what their motivation is and why they pursue their goals, be it heroic or villainous. If the motivation seems real and the characters based on a sense of realism then the reader will always go along for the ride.
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
I teach, yet am a terrible storyteller in an oral sense. It just seems that when I write the words they are more fluid and the ideas present themselves more in a connected and undersandable way to me.
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
I always write for me and hope that others are happy to go for the ride. In the end I am the one who has to live, eat and sleep these characters and story so I have to love it in a personal way or the story will just come over as false.
Does reader feed-back help you?
NO! I think it is my story and my world so how can someone else tell me how to improve it. I don't mind advice from other writers if they have a proven track record or I like their work.
Do you participate in competitions? Have you received any awards?
No! However I did enter for a Sir Peter Ustinov Award and recieved a special mention for my effort. They even sent me a certificate. NICE!
Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
I am not sure what my voice is or what that exactly means. Every story is different and each time I write something new a new voice is displayed, so I guess if I ever do find a voice, then my days as a writer is over.
What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
I am a hard task master and always fight to get deadlines done and my writing or animation work done on-time and within budget.
What do you surround yourself with in your work area in order to help your concentrate?
Geeky toys like cars, ships, action figures and lots of art work from artists I admire as well as many photographs particularly those in black and white.
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
PC Computers are the only way to go. I HATE MACS!
What sites do you frequent on-line to share experiences or information?
Joblo.com, Darkhorizons, Comingsoon.net, script-o-rama. I love all movie site news.
What has been your experience with publishers?
Not good as they have not taken my work, which is why I went independent. They know nothing of good work. I AM NOT BITTER!
What are you working on now?
My new series LONER is a full animation sci-fi show that is very groundbreaking and unique. Check it out at www.lonerseries.com. The whole show will be available for download in June 2009, but comics, soundtrack and other downloadable content is available.
What do you recommend I do with all those things I wrote years ago but have never been able to bring myself to show anyone?
Re-write it. Fix it up. Fall in love with it all over again and get it out there in anyway you can either through publishers or the internet.