I wrote Dumb Waiters: The Awakening to provide an artistic experience and quality entertainment. I’ve wanted to be a storyteller for twenty-three years, since seeing my first film in a southern California mall… and coming to realize that art should challenge the world at all cost.
I don't really think anything particular inspired me to write, it was more a combination of things. I got chatting to an author, Calvin Wade, from my home town who had been fairly successful. I think that got the ball rolling. I read a book by Ryan C Thomas called "The Summer I Died" I really wanted to write something like that! I thought it was awesome. I used to write a lot when i was younger but then I stopped as I reached my late teens. Recently I have quit smoking and drinking so found a lot more time on my hands. I decided to use that time to start writing again.
2. Are you a creator or a storyteller? Do you invent what happens on the page or are you “a vessel?”
I'd say I am more of a story teller. My stories have some content that has come from experience in my own life or people I have known but the majority is fictional.
3. What else do you do to make a living?
I work as an accountant for my fathers company in Warrington.
4. Is there a sharable secret that you’ve never shared with anyone before?
No, I'm fairly new to this game and have not been given the honour of knowing all the secrets yet haha.
5. There many myths about being an author. Are there any, for you, that you would like to debunk? Are there any you’ve found to be true?
You definitely write better while listening to Metallica. Stephen King said that in "On Writing" and it is most definitely true!
6. Writing can be a depressing job – do you address it? Do you write about it?
Honestly, I haven't found it hard at all. I think that because I'm just doing it for fun, that takes the pressure away.
7. What is “your take” on self-publishing?
I think self-publishing is great, it's giving the average person a chance to get their stories out to the world. So what if they become successful or not. The point is hundreds or thousands of people are reading your work. That's got to give a huge amount of self esteem to anyone.
8. What is your latest release?
So far I only have one book released "A Life To Waste" I am in the middle of writing another one right now. Hopefully I'm going to have a short story published in a horror anthology "A World Of Terror" written by ASMSG authors. That should be available in October for free.
9. Who is your favorite antagonist?
The father in "The Shining." I can't remember his name, I'm thinking Jack but don't know if "Jack Nicholson" is influencing that. But that guy has to be the scariest man to ever be placed into a story.
10. Are there aspects of the modern world that trouble you?
My main concern is that too many people care about image more than anything now a days. It puts too much pressure of younger kids. Also I think this constantly growing big brother society is taking away a persons free will and general common sense.
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