It is very nice to meet you! Tell us a bit about you where are you from and other than writing what else do you enjoy?
I reside in Australia, but am well-traveled, and have lived in four countries. I’ve been a full-time writer and photographer for more than twenty years, but am also a human rights advocate and social justice campaigner.
How did you start writing? What was your inspiration to create?
I’ve always been a writer, but I became a full-time writer as soon as I stopped working due to a medical condition.
Who is your favorite author, is there anyone out there that inspires you?
John Grisham and Lord Jeffrey Archer inspire me as a writer. They are my favorites.
What genre do you enjoy reading? What’s your favorite book and why?
Both fiction and non-fiction, but I do not read science fiction and fantasy. No, I have not read any Harry Potter books.
How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
It didn’t. I just kept going, writing the same way I always have – keeping it simple, and keeping the story moving.
If you’ve published a series, what is the series about?
I have two series. One is about a family who own a large farming property in Australia. The other series is about a young gutsy girl who becomes a top lawyer.
What was it like creating back to back stories that link?
It takes a lot of concentration.
Have you ever thought about writing in a different genre? If you could, what genre would you like to dabble in?
No. I’m happy writing what I write best.
What has been your most proud moment as an author?
The day a nervous young boy came to my house to meet me. He’d just read one of my books, but he left with three new books to read. Nice kid. He called me Mr. Tucker, but I soon squashed that idea.
Was there ever a time you wanted to pick up your laptop, and then launch it out the window with frustration?
Are you a “plotter” or a fly by the seat of your pants “pantster” as a writer?
I’m a pantster. I have an idea and run with it.
Am I the only one who gets hung up on commas? Do they make you go blah! when you’re writing?
There are some tricky things in the English language that often make me stop and think before I proceed.
What three tips would you give any aspiring writer?
If you are not passionate about writing, find another hobby. Maintain your own voice. Don’t hold back – let it rip.
What are you working on now? What will you release next?
I’m working on two books that are series.
So… where can we get your books?
All my books are available as paperbacks and e-books. Naturally, they are available on Amazon and my daily blog of course.
How would you define what being a successful writer means?
Good book reviews are very pleasing.
Does a big ego help or hurt writers?
A big ego doesn’t help anyone. Me? I’m confident, not cocky.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
None, normally. I have an idea and run with it. The stories develop their own life, and it usually takes three months to complete a novel, working 12 hours day, seven days a week. And, I’m mentally exhausted when it’s finished.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I read all my book reviews because people have taken the time to write a review. Sadly, not enough people write reviews.
What was your hardest scene to write?
None. Things take on a life of their own and I love the adrenaline rush.
What’s your writing schedule like?
It used to be every day, but sadly, I have become too involved in other things. However, I miss writing and am cutting back on commitments to get back to writing.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I guess we are on the same page. We have a common interest.
How have your family and friends accepted your career as a writer? Are they supportive?
Yes, they are. However, I’m the very creative person, whereas most of them are not. You have to be a tad crazy to be creative, and you must accept that you are different to most people.
Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?
Most are based on real people. Why not? There are so many crazy people out there.
What was the inspiration for your latest work of fiction?
A past occupation dealing with migrants. ‘Bold Journey’ is about a five-year-old boy who migrates to Australia in 1954.
Where would you like to travel to and why?
I’ve traveled a lot and lived in four countries. However, I plan to live in Thailand permanently. I love the people and their way of life. It does help when you can speak their language.
Tell us about how you develop your characters?
Not easy to explain. I guess I climb into their heads and go from there.
Which one of your characters is your favorite and why?
Mm … I have a very close affection to all of my main characters. They are like close friends.
What would you like readers to know?
I write teenage fiction, but all of my books contain hidden messages for teenagers. For example, if you read ‘KY!’, an award-winning book about bullying, you might pick up a few clues on how to deal with bullies.