Will you read my MS?
I get asked this a lot, and I really hate saying no, but I have no other choice. I don’t have a lot of free time these days and if I agreed to do this for one, I’d have to do it for everyone. Also, I know of many writers who have been sued because they took a little time out to read an MS and to help an aspiring author. It’s messed up, but unfortunately that’s the way it is.
Can you do some work for me?
I used to freelance a lot, and I still do on occasion, but it’s been a long time since I accepted an invite. Most of the time the work I do is for long-term clients. If you have my contact details on one of the freelancing platforms feel free to get in touch, but bear in mind that I use these sites to earn money and can’t work for free.
You would be surprised how many requests I get from people who want me to write, publish and market their book, promising only a share of royalties in return. This is not something I can do.
Can I get a signed copy of one of your books?
Of course! There should be plenty of them floating around, but if you can’t get hold of one of these, and you can’t find me at a nearby book signing, get in touch through the Contact page and I’ll see what I can do.
Do you have any writing tips?
Everyone is different. My own style is chaotic. I don’t plan and I don’t follow any strict schedule. It works for me, but what works for me might not work for you. I do teach a novel writing course through the UK Writers’ College, and there might be an opening. But the best way to improve is just to write. Never focus on one book. Write, edit, collect rejection letters and then start the process again. You’ll get better and eventually you’ll get published.
When is your next book released?
There will be 6 novels released from mid-2016 to mid-2018. Two of these are new, the others were previously self-published.
Will there be more An Idiot in Love books?
There is definitely more to hear from Kieran. The sequel to An Idiot in Love is due to be published in 2017, having been written in 2015, and I’m working on more titles.
Of the books you have written, what is your favorite?
I have always thought that my short stories were some of my best work. My partner adores a story called Wipeout, and even printed and framed (in the form of an eye-chart) her favorite line from the story. I think Forever After is probably the one I am most fond of though.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick.
Where do you live?
I live in Northumberland, but spent a lot of time in West Yorkshire growing up. I share my home with cats, rabbits and my partner of 10+ years.
Was An Idiot in Love based on your life?
I have never met anyone like Kieran, and whilst there are some similarities, he’s nothing like me. And I’m not just saying that because he’s a hapless idiot.