I grew up in Frodsham, Cheshire (England). I now live in Rainhill, Merseyside.(Not far from Liverpool for those not familiar with UK geography.)
Is it difficult writing a prequel?
The only prequel I have written is Marooned. Writing the prequel was easy in one respect because I had created the “mystery planet Arcadia” in the Arcadia’s Children series. I had also invented the strange creatures.
However, with Marooned, I set myself a challenge.
A reviewer of another of my novels said she preferred “first-person” stories, so I wrote the prequel in the first person.
What inspired you to write Marooned?
It just came to me in a flash: why not write a prequel?
Some of the ideas I used were based on ideas I’d had several years before.
I am hoping to follow Bee Bee’s progress in a second prequel. Or does it become a sequel? I can’t provide any more details because the seed in my mind has yet to sprout.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I suppose my writing is descriptive style.
How did you come up with the title “Marooned” ?
With Marooned, I was determined to have a single word snappy title.
“Jaws” is definitely better than “Les Dents de la Mer”
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I suppose it has an anti-war message. With Russia attacking Ukraine while I am writing this, it shows that mankind still lusts after glory.
How much of the book is realistic?
Most of my books are based upon the state of the art unless I have invented a new technology. Although Sci-fi , if I am writing a desert scene, for instance, I use Google to make sure my desert scene is realistic.
Are your books based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The only books that drew on my own experiences were my technical books and Jim’s Revenge. Jim’s Revenge was based on a bullying incident that I witnessed and the survey of a house that had once been owned by a drug dealer.
What book are you reading now?
I have just read Blackout by Simon Scarrow and the Jigsaw Man by Nadine Matheson. Both were five-star reads.
What are your current projects?
I am working on Manhunt, which is a sequel to Superior. It is still in the early stages.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I used to read Illustrated Carpenter & Joiner and noted they were looking for books to publish. I sent them an office manual I’d created for my drafts people to follow. I C & J came back after a week and said they wanted it.
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I am very green. Although I travel practically every day, my travel is via the internet, checking out places and facts.
Who designed the covers?
Most of my covers have been designed by Liam Ryan of AKOM Creative Ltd : firstname.lastname@example.org
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