From an early age I was sent to schools which were at least 30 minutes’ drive away and so spent most of my free time alone, as the friends I did have lived too far away for me to be able to hang out with them in the weekends or holidays.
I have been a writer as long as I can remember and have always had a vivid imagination. To this very day I find it all too easy to just drift away into my own mind and explore the world I create; where the conditions always seem to be just perfect for the cultivation of ideas, plots, scenes, characters and lines of dialogue
I am married and have four wonderful children; James, Logan, Ashleigh and Damon. My biggest dream for them is that they grow up, and spend their lives doing what makes them happy, whatever that is.
For people who buy my work, I hope that they enjoy what they read and that I can create something that takes them away from reality for a short time. For me, the greatest compliment I can receive is not based on rankings but by knowing that people enjoy what I produce, that they buy my work with pleasure and never once feel as though their money would have been better spent elsewhere.
What inspires you to write?
I am driven by a compulsion to write. There is not one specific thing that inspires me. Writing is who I am, it is what I was meant to do. I have always written, even from a young age I would sit in my room and write stories. For me, I cannot recall any moment in my life where I did not want to write books and stories for a living.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process is simple. I have an idea, I sit down and write until that idea is done. I never know if I am writing a short story or a novella, a novella or a novel, or maybe even a series. I let the ideas flow and just follow my must wherever she may lead.
I have tried writing to an outline and I got so stuck I almost stopped writing the story (novel). I threw the outline away and finished the rest of it in no time flat.
I write in word and have no fancy software to keep my thoughts organized. I like the mental disarray and find it helps weed out the weaker ideas. If it isn’t strong enough to stay in my mind, then it wasn’t worth writing about.
I work a full time office job and have 4 children aged 6 and under, so I have become very adept at time management. I get up at 4.20 regardless of what time I go to bed, and write before work. I write in my lunch break (and something during the working day, but shhhhh) and then again in the evening once the kids have gone to bed.
I am not afraid to open up my novel and just write a single sentence or paragraph at random intervals during the day, because I know that every word added is one word closer to having the story told.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do listen to my characters. I only ever have a vague idea of who they are when I start out. Like any friendship or relationship, you get to know each other over time. Finding out the highs and lows of one another personalities and traits. I find that also leads best to the natural evolution of the characters on the page, let along in my own mind. By learning about the characters as you go, you develop to story as you go and won’t ever jump ahead leaving the audience thinking ‘Hey, they would never do that, or say something like that’.
What advice would you give other writers?
The best advice is the old advice. Read a lot and write a lot. There is no other way to write than to put your bum in a chair and the words onto the paper.
As Stephen King says, you write one word at a time.
Even when the words don’t want to flow, force yourself to sit down and get something done, even if it is a plot for a new story, or a letter to a friend. Just write, and your muse will find you again.
The other key bit of advice, one that cannot ever be over-stressed is get yourself a good editor. They are invaluable. No matter how well you think you can edit, when you are looking at your own work, the rules change.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I submitted my books to numerous publishing houses, but got rejected. I re-edited them – by a professional service – and then self published. Not long after that I was contacted by a publisher I had approached by never heard from. We talked and the next thing I knew I was signing a contract for the entire Highway to Hell trilogy.
I am now contracted to two different publishers and could not be happier with them.
May December and CHBB (Crushing Hears Black Butterfly)
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the future of book publishing will continue to evolve. I think we will see a slump where the people who started self publishing because of the ease of it, will fall away and the people who take it professionally will continue to rise.
I honestly thing that we will see a bigger swing back towards traditional publishing with a greater emergence in ‘Hybrid’ writers – those who have a publisher for their work, but who self publish titles also.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Horror, Dark Fantasy, Erotica, Erotic Horror
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print