What are your goals as a writer? First and foremost, to tell a good story. Is that a cliché ? Maybe…..but a good story is what I find entertaining. And if one of my goals is to be entertaining, then I have to tell a good story.
What books have most influenced your life? This might sound odd, but the Alistair Mclean, Sidney Sheldon, Robert Ludlum books I read as a teenager still stick in my mind as being entertaining and fun. In my writing life, specifically, genre thriller writing – the most important book has to be John Grisham`s The Firm. The Firm, to me is a perfectly sculpted thriller. From the beginning, to the creepy buildup, to the exposition in the middle and then the awesome fightback. The suspense builds and builds to a razor point. I still read it, and like Mr Grisham, I make annotations on how the story and action builds up. Mr Grisham did this with his own favourite thrillers. He studied the important art of pacing a story very carefully. It`s not surprising he followed The Firm with the equally riveting Pelican Brief.
Have you started another book yet ? Absolutely, it’s the book about the deadly virus outbreak.
Where do you see yourself in five years? My aim is to write one book a year in the next five years. And that means story, chapter outlines, all the drafts, copy editing, the whole shebang. Not just the writing. With Fatal Trial I proved to myself I could do it. What is most gratifying is that I have now sold 320 copies in 6 weeks – of which 200 have been in the last two weeks. So the five year plan has to be five books, each hopefully better than the other! Of course, the reader will be the judge of that.
What do you do to unwind and relax? I like listening to music. I do a bit of singing as well, mainly Jazz and old school stuff. But there is nothing like curling up with a nice book. It`s a world in its own right, and most importantly, a good book will take you to your own private world.
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Genre – Medical Thriller
Rating – PG
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