Our next author is a good friend, family man, writer and father. He has an amazing sense of humor that I love! He writes incredible books that keep you coming back for more. If you don’t know him or haven’t read his books you are missing out! Go buy his books!! Please welcome Andrew…..
1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
The first book I wrote that was released to the public I wrote when I was twenty eight.
I had written a lot more stories when I was younger. I didn’t realise just how many I had written until recently. My parents have been clearing out all their old stuff and came across loads of stories I’d written years ago. Right from the age of about five up until around fifteen. I stopped writing when I left school and didn’t start again until I wrote A Life to Waste.
2. How many books have you written?
That’s a difficult one. I’ve written lots of short stories. Some of which have appeared in anthologies, some which have been collated and released in a collection. If you were to count physical books then I have written three so far, plus two collaborations with Matt Hickman.
3. Anything you won’t write about?
As long as it’s relevant and in context with the story I will write about anything. I won’t however glorify things like rape, paedophilia etc. I may mention events that have happened if it builds a character within a story, but I won’t go into detail. That sort of thing isn’t needed anywhere.
4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
I was born in 1984, which makes me 31 at the time of this interview. I am happily married and have six children. Sadly writing is not my full time job, as yet. For the time being I also work as an accountant. Something I wish to change in the future, but it’s a long way off just yet.
5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
I have to answer this with two books. A Life to Waste is definitely one of them. It’s both my favourite and worst book I’ve written. It was my first real book so it’s special to me, and always will be. It also annoys me because I can see a lot of weaknesses in it now. Would I change that? No, it’s who I was then and I think it’s good to see the progression.
My other favourite book is Bound. This was co written with Matt Hickman. I think it’s fair to say that this was som of mine and Matt’s strongest writing to date. It started off as a short story and just snow balled into this brilliant novel.
6. Who or what inspired you to write?
The Summer I Died by Ryan C Thomas. I was reading this book and fell completely in awe. I just though, “I want to make something like this.” And that’s when I started thinking of ideas for A Life to Waste.
7. What do you like to do for fun?
I used to play a lot of rugby and other sports, but after a lot of quite serious injuries I’m unable to do any of that now. These days I mostly read, watch movies, play Xbox and spend time with my family.
8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
Not really. Perhaps have a little drink to celebrate? I don’t know I’ve not really thought about it.
9. Where do you write? Quite or music?
I mostly write in bed with the horror channel playing on TV in the background. I never write in silence. I hate when it’s quiet. I even put the TV on a sleep timer to listen to when I got to sleep.
10. Anything you would change about your writing?
With my writing style I don’t think there is anything I would change. I’ve read some of my older stuff compared to more recent stuff and it seems to be changing itself anyway and growing. I am definitely happy with the direction it’s going.
With regards to writing overall, if I could change one thing it would be my grammar. This has always been a bit of a weak point for me. I am getting better with each day, but I would like to speed up the process to make the editors job a little bit easier.
11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
I would like to write full time for a living. Earn enough money to move myself and my family to Canada. Live in a little log cabin somewhere and spend the rest of my days writing stories.
12. Where do you live?
I grew up in Ormskirk, but now I live in Runcorn. A town just outside of Liverpool in UK.
I have a pet tortoise named Don, short for Donatello, until recently that we discovered HE is actually a SHE. So now Don is short for Donna.
14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
I just love making things up. Quite often when writing a story I have a basic idea but don’t know entirely which direction it will take. It’s always fun when I take even myself by surprise.
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Andrew as always, thank you for taking time to let us get to know you better! I wish you much success and happiness!