I started writing poetry and little horror stories when I was around aged 15-16 years old. I had always loved music but couldn’t play an instrument or sing so I started writing sets of lyrics and as time went on they got a little more mature and poetic. Regarding the horror writings, I love scary movies and am a big fan of the teen slasher genre from the 70’s & 80’s – films like Halloween, Prom Night, Nightmare on Elm Street etc so I’ve always wanted to write a movie style teen slasher story to reignite that genre…that’s how I’d like it to happen anyway. (Fun fact – Aged 7 my big brother and sister forced me to watch Nightmare on Elm Street part 2, I’ve never been the same since hahaha.)
When was it you realised you had a talent for writing poetry?
In secondary school my English teacher really pushed me, she saw that I enjoyed writing and got me to learn to be as descriptive as possible, build a world with only words. (I’m still learning).
You have published two poetry collections, and I have noticed your development. How often do you write? Do you stick to a particular routine, or is it a case of when inspiration strikes?
It’s definitely a case of when inspiration strikes. I’ve tried forcing myself before and it’s terrible… it’s not real. That’s why I’m proud of my latest book ‘The Lost Art of Self’ it took just over 4 years to write…nothing was forced, everything was written when it was felt.
Your first poetry collection has been updated. What changes have you made to the book, and why?
Semi minor things really, when I first wrote it, I was that eager to put it into the world that I never got a proofreader…I was torn to pieces by a few so it had to all be checked over. Other than that, just updated social media details.
Who, or what, has been the biggest influence on your writing?
Music has ALWAYS been the biggest influence and always will be. I’m inspired by it all…from Chopin to The Doors to The Dillinger Escape Plan. I love music!
Which methods do you use to share/promote your work, and which do you find the most effective?
I only really use social media such as Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. Twitter used to be the most effective when I started…I got into indie publishing while it was kind of new-ish/really taking over and everyone one wanted free books on Kindle promo days no matter what the genre. I once did a weekend promotion and got just shy of 1000 downloads…it was amazing! Nowadays I’m lucky if I get 30 over a weekend. I feel I’m going to have to start paying to be promoted now.
What are your future ambitions for your writing?
I want to write my first full length novel, a good horror story!
Other than writing, what else are you passionate about?
My wife and my two huskies, Misha & Mako. I like to go to the gym a lot with my wife. I also enjoy gaming, I love my xbox’s.
Finally, do you have any words of advice (or caution!) for fellow writers?
Get a proofreader! Never be afraid to go back and change things and like everything else…you only get out what you put in, so keep pushing yourself.
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