Ricky is a new addition to my friends. He is smart and has a great sense of humor. I am in the process of reading Hellspawn and so far it’s really good! If you haven’t met him or read his books you should! Please meet Ricky…..
1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
I was never a writer, more a reader up until I started work on Hellspawn. I had sat down perhaps fifteen years ago and wrote a similar chapter one, but gave up after not having much time. My first proper writing started August 2015 and I have been going crazy ever since.
2. How many books have you written?
I have 2 published now: Hellspawn and Hellspawn: Odyssey. I have completed the third in the series and it is currently going through the proof and edit stage with a view to release in September. I have several more planned but am taking a break to work on another project which should be released early 2017. It is about demons and features horror, gore, thrills and spills.
3. Anything you won’t write about?
I just cannot do a sexual scene. I may imply it in the books but the grisly details just make me giggle too much. I would be the worst erotica writer in the world. I also extend this into not writing about rape, even in the apocalypse. We know it would happen but I just don’t want to focus on it. Maybe if a future book absolutely requires it I may give it a go, but for now off limits.
4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
I am currently 37 years young and am married with three children; two older boys and a girl. I am a full time lecturer at a local college teaching plumbing and central heating (England is flipping cold) to apprentices and would-be apprentices. The good thing about being an engineer is that there will always be work for us, from floods to broken boilers.
5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
Hellspawn will always be my signature book and I loved writing it from the point of view of an average Joe and how he would survive. I am more excited about my Demon series though. The intrigue and horror I will bring to the table is going to be (I hope) great. I have already written the first chapter and it has been very well received, I just pray I can do the rest of the idea rattling around inside my head justice.
6. Who or what inspired you to write?
In all honesty, an injury and boredom with daytime TV. My family have been super supportive all the way through as soon as I started on this journey.
A chance encounter over a Facebook post led me to my new friend and publisher Christina Hargis Smith. She keeps me motivated when things get a bit low and the self-doubt starts to rear its ugly head.
7. What do you like to do for fun?
I write. Or play Dark Souls on the PS4, get angry with the game, and go back to writing. I used to be heavily into martial arts, specifically kickboxing but I am sad to say I let it slip.
8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
Breathe a sigh of relief. The process can be quite a drain and with each completion, I take a few days before starting the polish and editing. I don’t have a Miseryesque, cigarette and bottle of bubbly, so I settle for a group hug with the family.
9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?
I can write anywhere. I sometimes write in total silence, with ear plugs as the kids are noisy beasts. At other times I can watch a film or TV show and achieve my goals. If it’s music, it has to be Trance or House. I am one of the rave generation after all.
10. Anything you would change about your writing?
I would like to expand my skills and do a writing course at some point. At the moment I have my style, but I don’t really know how it would be described by an expert. Most people say I am a descriptive writer, which can be a blessing or a curse depending on how far it is taken. I always try to paint a picture for the reader, whether it is the location or the festering zombie that is desperate to feed.
11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
I think we would all love to be famous and rich. Until the time comes where I take my rightful place alongside Taylor Swift and Tom Cruise in Hollywood, I will settle for providing entertainment to my friends and readers. In all honesty, I would be happy with a nice holiday somewhere from the sales of my books. Specifically Disney World as I went there with my late mother before she passed away, and I would love my kids to appreciate the magic before they get too old.
12. Where do you live?
I live in Bournemouth, Southern England. A beautiful part of our country with beaches fifteen minutes away.
For anyone who has read the Hellspawn series, Honey is my actual real life dog. She is a complete loon and snores like an eighty-year-old man when asleep. I would have to take her along on any apocalypse excursion.
14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
I really enjoy the escapism and freedom to do what the hell I want in my created universe. It is amazing watching a character grown and develop as you are putting them through hell. The crazy ideas that come and go in my mind when they are travelling across the barren, undead wasteland scare me sometimes.
What I have come to love is the reader interaction. I have made some amazing new friends and they provide their own motivation for me to press on and keep the stories flowing.
Ricky as always I wish you much success and happiness! Thank you for letting us get to know you better!