Here is a list of the most frequent questions I get asked. If you have any other questions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
How old are you?
This is always the first question I get asked when people find out I’m a published author. I’m currently twenty one.
How old were you when you wrote Living a Nightmare?
This question follows on nicely from the last one (which is normally how these conversations go). I was thirteen when I wrote most of Living a Nightmare. I wrote the first couple of chapters while I was still twelve and I finished writing about two months after my fourteenth birthday. It was published when I was fifteen.
How many books have you written?
I have three published books. I also have written the first draft of two more books, one of them being the sequel to Living A Nightmare. I hope to write the last in the Living A Nightmare trilogy in summer 2017.
What are your books about?
The dreaded question! I hate explaining to anybody what my books are about. In my words the plots always sound rubbish, so I’d recommend you read the blurbs which are located on the ‘Books’ page or take a look at the sneak peaks.
However, briefly, my books are young adult and quite dark … they normally include a murder or two.
Will there be sequels to your books?
Yes! Living a Nightmare will be a trilogy (three books). The story of Grace and Craig is not over and I cannot wait for my readers to know what happens to the characters – especially Craig. I hope the last two books will be published in 2018. My other books won’t have sequels.
When will your next book be out?
I hope my next book, which doesn’t yet have a title, will be released by the end of 2017. It is a young adult novel which will be a standalone book. I had the best time writing it over my uni holidays.
What is your next book about?
My next book is about a mixed-race fifteen year old boy who’s parents get accused of being involved with a terrorist attack. I will be revealing some sneak peaks over the next couple of months.
Why are you books so dark?
Because they are so much more fun to write! I am naturally a very happy and optimistic person but writing a happy book would be so boring.
How do you write a book?
Another tricky question that I often get asked and the answer is basically, you just write. I have written a blog with 10 tips of mine which you can check out on the ‘blog’ page.
How do you get a book published?
With great difficulty! I am also going to write a blog on this subject soon so keep checking back for that if you are interested.
Are any of your characters based on real people?
None of the characters in any of my books so far have been based on real people. However, there is one character in a future novel that I subconsciously based on a real person – but they will never ever know!
The storyline they are involved in gets a bit twisted, I didn’t plan for this person to become the character but the character just became them in my head. I doubt I will ever base a future character on someone I know and if I do I’ll never tell anyone – no matter how much pestering I get about people wanting to feature in a novel.
Are you rich?
This is a genuinely one of the most common questions I get asked – and not just from school children. Unfortunately I’m not rich. I definitely do not write for the money.
Do you have another job?
Yes, I am a councillor and I study international relations and arabic at university.
How do you have time to write?
Honestly, I struggle to find time to write during term time at university. Luckily, I have long uni holidays. I enjoy writing and don’t want to make it ‘work’, so I have just been focusing on writing when I have the time which means marketing my books has suffered. But I have given myself a lot of time during Summer 2017 to hopefully focus on being an author.