I’m from Croghan in County Offaly, Ireland. My background is in TV and Film and I have a Ba Hons Degree in Video. I write a lot, short film scripts, short stories, reviews, comic scripts, books and novels! ‘Strings’ is my first self published children’s book, and is available on amazon for kindle and paperback. It is not the first one book I’ve written. I am busy editing my YA fantasy novel, ‘Arthur Smallwood’s Quest For Magic’ at the moment.
What inspires you to write?
Different things. Mostly authors I read make me want to up my game and write hell for leather. Other times it could be an idea that's been floating around in my head and I need to write it down asap. I'm listening to a podcast at the moment called 'Death of a 1000 cuts' which is really inspiring and challenging when it comes to writing.
Tell us about your writing process.
I don't write anything down before I start. I don't outline or use any apps. Usually what happens is I get an idea, and I mull it over in the mind and flesh it out over the course of a few minutes, hours or days. Then when I'm happy enough with what I have, I sit down and write until it's done. Then I go back over it and read it and see if it makes sense. Then the redrafting and editing can begin.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I suppose I listen to them. They know what they'd say and I just write it down for them.
Who are your favorite authors?
Terry Pratchett (favourite being 'Hogfather' but they are all spectacular), Stephen King ('Salem's Lot' stands out to me but I like them all), Dave Rudden (His 'Knights of the Borrowed Dark' trilogy is awesome), Neil Gaiman ('The Ocean at the End of the Lane', 'Norse Mythology'), Tom King ('Vision', 'Sheriff of Babylon'), Scott Snyder ( 'Wytches', his Batman run) and Bram Stokers' 'Dracula' is up there too.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
With 'Strings', I was impatient to get it out there. I just felt I didn't want to wait around. I also saw it as a good opportunity to test the self publishing market. Get a feel for it and try and understand it. It was relatively easy and also exceptionally daunting. With my YA novel 'Arthur Smallwood's Quest for Magic', I'm not sure which way that will go. I've submitted it to a few agents so will see how successful I am there.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It seems to be ever expanding. I have only just stepped my toes into self publishing but it's HUGE. The amount of writers wanting to get their books out there, it's astounding. I think the future of book publishing will change. More people will be able to get their books out there. People won't be relying on traditional means (for good and ill)
What genres do you write?
YA, Fantasy, Children's books
What formats are your books in?
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