Favourite writer?

Cormac McCarthy

Favourite book?

The World According To Garp (John Irving)

Books that most influenced you?

The Talisman (Stephen King and Peter Straub) and The Sum Of All Fears (Tom Clancy)

Person that has most influenced you?

My wife


Favourite film?

The Godfather closely followed by Star Wars and Once Upon A Time In The West

Favourite actor?

Al Pacino

Favourite TV series?

Breaking Bad, closely followed by Game Of Thrones and The West Wing

Favourite comedy series?

Fawlty Towers

Favourite singer/ band?


Favourite album?

Ok Computer (Radiohead)

Favourite song?

I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing (Aerosmith)

Silence/ Music/ TV, when writing?

Silence or (certain) music.

TV is a no-no.

In the planning process, are you an outliner or a fly-by-your-pantser?

A little bit of both. I start with a short outline and ┬áthe direction I expect the story to go in, but as I’m writing the characters tend to take over.

How many drafts does a book usually take?

I do a first draft to get the story and all the ideas down in a chronological way. The second draft is a re-write that takes this “free-flow” writing and turns it into a more structured story. After that there are several more revisions, to tidy plot holes, maybe to add or delete scenes where necessary. Once that’s done there are reviews to check grammar, spellings, consistency in names, places, time etc. The final number of drafts or revisions will vary from book to book. I just keep going until it’s right.