I occasionally get asked questions by readers, friends and twitter following.
I usually answer these as I go, but thought it would be fun to produce a definitive list – you might see your specific question here or one that is similar. I’ve tried to summarise as much as possible to avoid repetition.
So a huge thank you to all who get in touch, I love hearing from you crazy bunch! A special nod to Tom, Steph, Matt and Stephen
Q. How many books are there going to be in the series?
A. At the moment we are looking at six books to complete this story arc. Having said that I like the universe and the setting so I can see myself using it as a backdrop for other stories, once the series is complete. Two standalone prequels are already in the works, the first of which will probably will probably come out between books 2 & 3.
Q. I think I found a reference to XXXXX or YYYYYY is that an Easter egg?
A. I don’t know, is it? Actually there are a couple things hidden in the text; mostly nods popular culture and things. If you find something feel free to share.
Q. Why did you choose a female lead?
A. Why not?
Q. There are a lot adult themes in the book, do you worry about this putting off readers?
A. Not in the least. I am not going to sanitise my world for fear of upsetting anyone. If you like characters who swear, drink and curse in a godless universe then you’ll totally fine.
Q. How long did it take to write?
A. 2 years give or take.
Q. The role of the Frontier Company is similar to the East India Company. Characters refer to it as “The honourable company” on several occasions. Is this intentional?
Q. When will book 2 be out?
A. 2018 (all being well!)
Q Aside from Mira do you have any favourite characters?
A. I like Vic, he’s a total badass with a heart. I also enjoyed writing Eden, Xander and Tish.
Q. There is theme of redemption and rebirth in the story, is that intentional?
A. I don’t generally comment on themes, they are for the reader to draw out. I will say a lot of characters go through changes, some more obvious than others.
Q. Is it hard to manage so many characters?
A. Sometimes. Ark does have a large cast. It’s necessary because as the series progresses some will be on the sidelines and we are going to lose some. No one is indispensable…
Q. Do you want to be mainstream published?
A. Are you making an offer? Seriously it’s not something I have ever considered. If it were to happen it would be kind of cool, but it’s not part of my current plan.
Q. You said you don’t like to think of yourself as an Author, how do you describe yourself?
A. Just this guy.
Q. What would you change?
A. Story wise not much. I could do with being better organised. I would like to be able to read more while I write, but I worry about cross contamination and also just being able to find the time.
If there is an area where I make life hard for myself it’s outlining. In some ways the first draft is my outline.
Q. How do you find the time?
A. I write at night, when the house is quiet. It’s not ideal, but it works.
Q. Mac or PC?
Q. What do you dislike about writing?
A. Writing is all good, I can’t stand marketing.
Q. Okay other than writing what do you like best about being a writer?
A. I like meeting other writers and readers, either online or AWK. There is a great community of creative people out there and I have met some truly talented guys and girls. It’s massively inspiring when you see people with a few more titles under their belt out there making a success of it.
Aside from writing I enjoyed making the cover and formatting for print. There is no better feeling than receiving your first proof.
Q. Would you consider writing other genres?
A. Absolutely. I’ve written a few shorts in the past in varying genres. I am massive fan of 80s horror – James Herbert and Stephen King were huge influences growing up. I’d like to do horror story someday but I would seriously need to practice, it’s not a genre you can dabble in. Aside form that I have written a couple of military thrillers, they’re fun and one day might see daylight.
Q. How much of “you” is in your writing?
A. As I understand the question I have to say 100% as it came out of my mind! Having said that there are some elements that come from personal experience and many that do not, I’m not saying which ones.
Q. Which character would you most like to hang out with?
A. Eden, I think she has stories to tell.
Q. So who the hell is Legion?
A. If only we knew…
Q. I’ve always wanted to write a book, how do I get started?
A. Sit down and start writing. See where it goes and have fun. It is a lot of work and it can be hard; but don’t let this put you off.
Q. Do you suffer from Writers block and what do you do about it?
A. Yes, it’s a normal part of the process. I overcome it by writing until something good comes out; then I run with it.