- Describe yourself.
- What is your favourite fruit flavour?
- What is your favourite day of the week?
- Which is your favourite time of the day?
- Are you a morning person or a night person?
- What is your favourite breakfast meal?
- What is your favourite colour and why?
- Which is your most favourite book ever?
- What kind of music do you like?
- Which is your favourite genre of films?
- Which is your most favourite place on this Earth?
- Which animal would you want to be and why?
- If you could have a luncheon with any 3 people (real or fictitious), who would you choose and why?
- If you were granted 3 wishes, what would you ask for?
- If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the 5 things that you would want to survive?
- If you could be anyone, who would you be?
- What is the one thing you wish you could change in yourself?
- What is the one thing you wish you could do if given the chance?
- What would you do if you won the lottery?
- If you knew that this was your last day on Earth, how would you spend it?
- Were you a naughty kid or a nice kid?
- What was the happiest moment in your life?
- Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
- What is the weirdest/craziest thing you have ever done?
- What is your definition of an incredible weekend?
- Which is the best holidays you have ever had?
- Have you got a phobia you want to share?
- What makes you angry?
- What do you do when you feel sad?
- Who or what inspires you?
- Congratulations! Now you can freely rant about your book(s) and/or projects.
I tried time and again to adapt them into novels, but either the enthusiasm to rewrite them wasn’t there or I just wasn’t capable. I think it was a little of both.
I started writing many things, but got nowhere. I spent years coming up with characters, locations and scenarios, but there was no glue to stick them all together.
Then I had an epiphany, and Spirits & Shards was born. It’s a high-concept dark science-fantasy drama that focuses closely on the characters.
Falling, the first side-novel that sets up the story for the upcoming Firebrand, wasn’t going to be set in that universe originally, then I realised how much more I could do with it if it was. Not only that, it gave the S&S series the starting point it sorely lacked at that stage, and it just flowed… though it took ten drafts to get it done! I knew what the core idea was, but there was so much more to figure out along the way.
I self-published Falling in June last year, and intend to release Firebrand by the end of this year (depending on how long it takes to write, edit and copy-check).
Synopsis for Falling (A Spirits & Shards Novel):
Many say love will get you through the toughest times, but sometimes it just isn’t enough to pull you free of a black hole.
Despite the love Jerin found in Juli, their union placed him on a path that would ultimately lead to isolation and despair via a very unfortunate sequence of events.
As the headaches that once blighted Jerin’s otherwise care-free existence return, he is offered a new wonder-drug, never pausing to consider how strangely perfect it sounds.
Jerin soon discovers that these new capsules have a most unexpected side effect, allowing him a glimpse into the secret life of the partner he now rarely sees.
Falling is a story of love, loss and self-discovery, set in a high-concept universe.
Whereas Falling was very much a love story, Firebrand is much larger in scope, and is what I consider to be “Volume One”. It will be around 700 - 800 pages and will chronicle the interweaving tales of three protagonists and multiple antagonists. It’s about those who fight for good, those who abuse their positions of power, and those innocents who get caught in the middle. I just hope the final product matches my vision! These first two novels form what I call “Season One” of the Spirits & Shards series, and I will release an omnibus edition on Kindle for those who have not yet read Falling.
After that comes another side-story that sets up “Volume Two”, but that’s a way away yet.
In the meantime, I have a spy short called The Golden Years being published in The COBRAS Files anthology, co-edited by the illustrious Paul Bishop. This will be released in the spring.
I’m also in the midst of building a website so that authors can learn from other authors, to encourage established writers and budding up-and-comers to share material and take note of what works for them and what doesn’t. No one’s perfect no matter how many books they’ve read or written; we can all learn from one another.