Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a very small town in the smallest state of Australia. It was so small, there were more cows than people. As a child, I was often bored with the lack of entertainment around town, so I usually turned to my imagination. People always told me that I looked like I was in a world of my own, but they didn’t realize I actually was!
When did you first start writing?
I started writing from a really young age, I was no older than 8 years old. It started as a class project, we were supposed to write a children’s story that we would like to read ourselves. I got really into it, I spent a long time on my characters. The protagonist was a frog. Now that I think about it, it’s not a surprise that I ended up writing the genre I write, because even in that story, the frog faked his own death. I think I got a good grade for my work, but also a concerned letter from the teacher to my parents.
What are you working on now?
It’s a very dark-fantasy trilogy, where the protagonist is a portrayal of the Grim Reaper. I’ve taken a lot of old folk-lore and legend and combined maybe a thousand years of mythology with my own imagination and created a world of shadows that exists beneath our own. The Reaper is one of many and is torn about his role in the universe. This Reaper, Darius, discovers that another Reaper is consuming souls of the innocent, before their time, all in the pursuit of limitless power. When Darius finds out the identity of the next victim, he steps in to save her, triggering a series of events that results in him being the only thing standing in the way of humanity’s complete annihilation. I won’t give away too much, but I think a lot of people will really enjoy it.
Describe your desk
Oh, it’s a mess! There are papers scattered everywhere, pens strewn across the whole thing, open notebooks full of my chicken-scratch handwriting, it’s a disaster. At least, it looks that way. I think of it as ‘organized chaos.’ It is impossible for anyone else to find anything on my desk, but I know exactly where everything can be found. It’s all exactly where I put it.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I’ll let you know when I’m a success. Right now, though, I’m just enjoying the chance to get my writings out there, so people other than my friends and family can read them.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
That’s like asking, “What do you most like about chocolate?” or “Why is your favorite color green?” It sounds like a simple question, but it is not so simple to answer. I suppose, for me, the greatest joy comes from seeing the story that once only existed inside my own head now exist on the page, where others can enjoy it as much as I did. Well, hopefully as much as I did.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don’t really consider myself as having “fans.” So far, I think of them as readers who happened to enjoy what I wrote. That alone makes me feel pretty pleased. Although, I did get recognised on the street once. Apparently she had just read a bunch of my short stories and wanted to tell me how much she liked them. That was a bizarre experience, having a stranger praise me like that, but it was also very humbling. It meant a lot to me and I’m so appreciative of everyone who has shown their support.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, obviously. Then Edgar Allan Poe, John Birmingham, JK Rowling, the list goes on!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Inspiration. If I were to stay in bed all day long, every day, where would I find the inspiration to write? Where would I find the inspiration to set and achieve goals? Where would I find the inspiration to do anything?
When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
Well, reading is a big hobby of mine. I also really enjoy the cinema. I spend a lot of time with my wife, chat with my friends online and via text, and I am occasionally known to try and play the guitar. I’d also be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit of a gaming geek. I really enjoy adventure games on Xbox.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
The same way everyone does: I search for them. I take a look at whatever might take my fancy, scrolling through the newest listings, the most popular, highest rated, that sort of thing. If I’m after a particular genre, then I search for that genre. I try not to be too picky, it’s important to have an open mind.