When you get free time on the internet or you go to the library – what do you want to read about?
M – Science and Environment.
D – I love to catch up on all of the daily news from around the world. I don’t like going cold turkey, I have to have my daily fix.
Do you find the time to read?
M – Yes I always find time for new and interesting books. I read at night generally to wind down.
D – Mostly on holiday or when traveling with work. I try to read a couple of books a month.
Last book you purchased? Tell us about it.
M – The secret life of trees. I am a volunteer for the Woodland Trust and also have to deal with trees in my subsidence business. This book was fascinating and examined the genealogy of each species.
D – Fractured by D.J Molles. He’s an indie author with a great series ‘The Remaining’. This is his fourth book and he’s done a first rate job. Check him out if you haven’t already.
Who do you admire?
M – Usain Bolt
D – James Anderson, he’s an English cricketer who is currently the best in the world at what he does. I’d love the ability to bowl like him, but his sort don’t come around that often.
What is your favourite quote, by whom, and why?
M – One life. It’s a simple mantra to remember.
D – “Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.” By Winston Churchill. What he says rings true for me. You can’t force your way to potential or try to think your way there, it’s a long road full of hard work.
What’s your favourite place in the entire world?
M – Harrogate
D – Milford Sound in New Zealand.
What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general?
M – Sometimes I work on a sentence but can’t get it right. Also going back over work and thinking it’s all wrong, too negative, too positive. Writing can drive you mad tuning the manuscript.
D – When starting out, it feels like there’s a big mountain in front of me that is littered with dangers and traps, one slip and it could all be a wasted effort. The challenge is take my time and not get ahead of myself, it’s difficult not to think ahead, but I have to force myself not to do it.
Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it?
M – Show don’t tell. Let the reader make their minds up and guide them along with the plot.
D – It taught me just how many clichés we now use in every day speech.
Do you intend to make writing a career?
M – I would love it to be part of a career; I just don’t know if the finances will stack up.
D – At the moment, it’s a sideline to my career, I would love to go full time one day.
Have you developed a specific writing style?
M – Writing has to be your inner voice or it won’t work. The book echoes how Darren and I would have conversations.
What is your greatest strength as a writer?
M – Examining plots from every angle.
D – Coming up with original events and scenarios.
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Genre – Horror/Science Fiction
Rating – R