Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I was born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, a
former mining town in the UK.
I began writing when I was at college. I discovered the Final Fantasy series on the Playstation and they led me to Norse
mythology, which was the final catalyst in the birth of Elenchera, the
fictitious world where all my novels will be set. I now live in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, with my wife, Donna, and our six rescue
cats – Kain, Razz, Buggles, Charlie, Bilbo and Frodo.
Describe your book ‘Fezariu's Epiphany’ in 30 words or less.
Fezariu escapes his childhood by
joining the Merelax mercenaries. However, success cannot rid him of his demons
and he must return to his past to bury them for good.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Fezariu’s Epiphany took six drafts and I think the hardest part
was tightening the narrative, removing irrelevant paragraphs and even
eradicating a major character to give the novel that extra dimension. The
editing took far longer than the initial writing but it was worth it in the
What books have had the greatest influence on you?
Books on Norse mythology, of course, and also
JRR Tolkien’s fantasy masterpiece, The
Lord of the Rings. My favourite novel is Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood and it is his simplistic
style along with that of Hemingway that I long to incorporate into my own
works, though I’ll never rival those two masters.
Briefly share with us what you do to market your
My wife, Donna, has
been the reason I’ve made it this far. As well as being my editor, agent and
harshest critic she’s also been integral to the publicity of Fezariu’s
Epiphany. A book trailer was the first step in promoting the novel but
since then I’ve taken part in blog tours, which are a great way to share your
How do you spend your time when you are not
I’m a book worm and a film buff so if I’m not reading fiction or a
history book then I’ll be catching up on films. I also try to get some gaming
in when time allows and revisiting those Final Fantasy games that
inspired me to be a writer is always a journey worth taking. Those hobbies
aside I enjoy quality time with my wife, Donna, and being outfought and
outthought by our six cats.
What are you working on next?
working on my second novel, A World Apart, which will be a longer novel
than Fezariu’s Epiphany and at the heart of the story are three friends
who grow up together, find themselves in an unwanted love triangle in their
teens before they separate only to be reunited as adults and finding they are
very different people. Every novel from the world of Elenchera will have the
characters as the focal point rather than the world they inhabit. I want to do
something different with fantasy, draw more readers into this magical genre,
and I hope the Elenchera novels will be their gateway in.