Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. Because it’s a light-hearted take on some pretty depressing topics and it’s only $0.99 for the next few weeks! For 320 pages and a year of my time, it’s a sound investment.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? I have a couple of other books completed already. The first, a comedy, will be published at the beginning of the year under my real name. I have a few others in the pipeline as well, all fiction.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. I’ve had a lot of messages from people suffering from TS, depression, BPD etc, saying how they could relate to the book. I never anticipated that, I wrote the book to entertain, not necessarily to inform or to inspire, so reading those messages and talking to the readers who have suffered similar illnesses, is really heartwarming.
If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world, which would it be? Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick. It’s my favorite book, but not just because of that. Bladerunner is one of my favorite films (although nothing compares to the book) and a computer game of the title was one of my favorite games. In fact I deviated from the typical cycle: I played the game first, then saw the film and then read the book. I have a lot of good memories, feelings and enjoyment wrapped up in that world.
What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen? My favorite book growing up was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I also loved the Goosebump books by R L Stine, one of my first ventures into the horror/thriller genre; a genre I typically pen my own fiction in.
What is your favorite Quote? “Yes, madam, I am drunk. But in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.”
When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”? I wanted to be a binman (garbage man). I have no idea why, I just recall my parents telling me that’s what I used to say. After that it was ‘policeman’. Then, when I was about 11, I swapped my Roald Dahl books for my dad’s collection of Stephen King and Dean Koontz. After that I tried writing my own stories and became obsessed with the idea of being a writer.
Who are your favorite authors of all time? Philip K. Dick. Stephen King and Terry Pratchett. Three different genres; three brilliant
What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had? To write a memoir. I still don’t know why I did it. I’m not the sort of person who likes to talk about themselves and I’m not the sort of person who could ever ‘sell’ themselves. I guess it was a moment of madness that I just ran with.
What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year? I was looking forward to the new Batman film, then I realized it had been released and I had forgotten to go see it. So now I’m looking forward to remembering to rent it or, failing that, I’ll look forward to reminding myself to watch it when it shows on TV.
Which authors have influenced you the most, how? I blame Philip K Dick for my love of the dystopian future which (along with several movies and the Fallout game series) fueled a love of the post-apocalyptic world, bordering on a desire to live in one.
Don’t get me wrong, if aliens/zombies invaded and we were all thrust into a post-apocalyptic environment, I’d be the first to shit myself and hide under the bed. I just find the images of such a world…romantic.
What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit? I watch the X-Factor with my fiancee. I used to leave the room when she had it on, but now I’m drawn to it. It’s wrong I know, but there’s something so enjoyable about watching a stream of talentless wannabes open their hearts to a room full of sniggering spectators. As soon as the live shows start and the talentless numpties depart, I lose interest.