Where did the idea for Timmy and Little Fart first originate?
It just happened one night when my wife and I were playing around trying to think of a new book idea. It seemed like something which kids could get a giggle out of, without being crude. We also try to incorporate a message into our children’s books. Playing with others, respecting one another, being a team player etc.
You collaborate with your partner, Sam Lawrence, how does this work out?
I imagine writing with your partner must be quite a fun activity to do together.
Yes! When we are together it is really fun. When we are apart it is fun, but with a lot more back and forth via email and phone calls.
You have also written solely under your own name. What have been your experiences of publishing these?
Self-publishing is hard work. You would think that writing would be the hardest part, but it isn’t. marketing and getting your name out there is probably the most time-consuming part of the entire process.
Which method do you find most helpful for promoting your books? (workshops, festivals, social media etc.)
Social media. Networking with other authors and working with blogs to get our names and our books in front of audiences.
What was your primary motivation for publishing your work?
We just thought that it would be a fun activity which we could do together. One day it would be nice to be able to retire together and just work on our books in a sunny tropical location.
Who are your favourite writers?
Wilbur Smith, Leon Uris and George R. R Martin. Bernard Cornwall is probably my number one pick.
Other than writing, what else are you passionate about?
I enjoy fishing, but between travelling, working a regular job, writing and freelancing I don’t have a lot of time left to get the fishing rod out.
Do you have any words of advice (or caution) for other writers?
Just take your time and don’t rush your books out onto the shelf. Take people’s reviews with a grain of salt and try to understand what they are saying, negative or positive and then utilize it.
What are your future ambitions for your writing?
To live off my writing full-time! Just laying on a tropical beach and getting a sun tan!
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