Do you write with a pen name? If so, what is it?
Just my own, but with an ‘M’ in the middle to make me sound more impressive.
In which country were you born, and which one do you live in now?
Born and live in the UK, between Leeds and Manchester.
Which genres do you write in?
I write novels and shorts in epic fantasy mainly. I do have a YA sci-fi out with agents at the moment (well in a slush pile somewhere) and a collection of literary fiction short stories in preparation.
How many books have you had published? (feel free to name a few of the most recent)
Just one at the moment, although the sequel is out in summer. I’m also having stories published in two anthologies later this year – one fantasy and one Steampunk.
Darkness Rising: Chained. It’s the first in a series of epic fantasy works.
What is the title of your most current published novel?
Well there’s only one at present, and that’s Darkness Rising. The series is called the Prism series.
What is the working title of the next book you plan to publish?
Darkness Rising book two- Quest, which is just going through a final edit at the moment.
Do you read hard cover, paper books, ebooks or audio? Or a mixture?
I read a mix of paperback and kindle. Never really got into audio books, and hardbacks are for special occasions only!!
If you could be a character from a book, who would you choose?
Always wanted to be Dr. Who as a kid, but I accept that’s not strictly a ‘book’ character. So the answer would probably be Gandalf from Lord of the Rings.
What is the first 300 words in your latest novel (ending with a period)?
Emelia dreamt of dark things. She stumbled down the expansive beach, the sands sticky beneath her bare feet. The waves thundered and the trees bordering the sand bent like old men as the storm whipped up. Rain lashed against her as she saw the lone figure knelt ahead. His sobs ripped through her chest like a knife.
“Papa? Papa, why are you crying?” she asked. Her gaunt father made no reply but rather turned and with horror Emelia saw his eyes were two gold coins. Terror gripped her heart as she staggered back. The gold began to run, pouring in molten tears down his cadaverous cheeks, steaming in the driving rain.
Emelia screamed but the sound was flattened under the crash of immense waves. Her father dug his fingers into his smouldering cheeks and wrenched, tearing the skin off as if breaking open a crab. No blood ran as he shredded the flaps of flesh away but rather Emelia saw a grey hue beneath, like rock.
With a final wrench her father ripped apart the skin and a man made of stone remained. He regarded Emelia and then slowly began moving towards her, his sockets gaping voids.
Emelia scrabbled backwards in the sand but her legs felt like lead. Then she looked down and she saw: saw the sand become stone; saw the stone become dark and saw the darkness harden across the pale sands of the beach like a giant shadow. All around her, the island surrendered its colour, slipping beneath the featureless dark. Then the stone came for her too, began spreading up her legs, closing tightly about her chest, sealing up her mouth, her nose, her eyes with cold, uncaring rock.
The dormitory was pitch-black. The terror stayed with her as her sleep-caked eyes adjusted to the gloom. Emelia was shivering uncontrollably. She bit her lip hard, to stop her teeth chattering.
Who is your favourite character in this most recently book?
Jem- he’s a Wild-Mage with obsessive-compulsive issues. Although he is uptight, his heart is very kind and gentle.
The questions from a to l are for your main character in your most recently published novel:
a) Name: Emelia
b) Male or Female: Female
c) Age: 19 (for most of the series)
d) Where were you born? On a small island in the Scattered Isles.
e) What is your favourite colour? I suppose it’s green- it makes me think of fields and forests.
f) Are you married? If so, what is your spouse’s name? Blessed Torik, no! I’m only nineteen, and there’s far too many adventures to have as yet.
g) Do you have children? How many? Well, I’m not married, so obviously not.
h) Are your parents dead or alive?
I last saw them when I was five and was taken into servitude to the Eerians. I pray each night I’ll have chance to find them again, and that they yet live.
i) Who is your best friend? Jem and Hunor are many things to me – mentors and comrades. I can’t choose between them.
j) Who is your worst enemy? That has to be Uthor Ebon-Farr. One day he will pay for his crimes.
k) What is your favourite flavour of ice cream?
I have heard the decadent Artorians have this delicacy, but where I live in Azagunta you’d be lucky to find milk without a layer of cheese and mold on it. So I cannot say.
l) What do you fear the most?
Losing my freedom- it took years of servitude before I gained it. I’d sooner die than return.
Now, back to you. A few quick questions:
Favourite colour: Green!
Favourite movie: It’s between Pulp Fiction and Wild at Heart.
Favourite song: In Dreams by Roy Orbison
Favourite musical artist: always loved Prince, in his hey day.
Favourite ice cream flavour: Rum and Raisin…mmmmm!
Biggest dream you hope to accomplish before kicking the bucket: Taking my kids to Ayers Rock (Uluru) in Australia. I went there with the wife before kids and was humbled by it.
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