I was inspired to write my dystopian novella High Wired On by a state of extreme despair and negativity. I was inspired to try romance by some powerful efforts on the part of a friend of mine.
What’s your typical writing day like?
For many years I did not have a typical writing day. There were brief snatches of evening time, after a multiplicity of daytime work. That changed with the onset of Covid: with this I generally get up at 6 am and have a solid stretch until about 9.30 am. There are parallel slots in the afternoon and evening.
How long does it typically take you to write a book?
Anything from weeks to years.
What are the challenges you found when writing?
To convey suspense and tension while trying to maintain stylistic accuracy.
Which fictional character would you like to meet and why?
I’d like to meet Selene, the Greek Moon Goddess – the supreme Dream Girl.
What elements make up a good story?
Some sense of struggle, of trepidation, of overcoming adversity.
From idea to finished book, what’s your writing process like?
A lot of the initial ideas are episodic and fragmentary, there is then a struggle to link them, thematically, then in terms of plot/narrative structure.
William Golding, Ben Okri, Andre Pieyre de Mandiargues.
What’s your favourite word and why?
Heletosis – nice sound: I aspire to aspirates.
Any other advice for aspiring writers?
Believe in yourselves; don’t be swayed by judgmental coteries.
His works include Exacting Modality of the World Web, A Chip off the Old Block, Nothing Hero,
Prickling Counterpoints, An Ever River and Sensual Rhapsody as well as his novella’s High Wired On, and Rock Bottom.
His Romance fiction includes Dreamtime Sensuality, Dreamtime Sensuality, Explorations, Further Explorations, and Self’s Blossom.
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About High Wired On:
This reminds me of one of those dreams you have that make perfect sense, until you wake up and try to tell someone about it.
This starts out with a triple homicide and a young man with relationship problems, Then it just takes off from there, with fantastic journeys and electrically-themed imaginings, never sure if it is dreams, hallucinations or actual reality.
I’m not entirely sure what it all meant, but parts of it are like what, I would imagine, a drug trip might be like. Unique short read for those with an interest.
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