Here is a list of the most frequent questions I get asked. If you have any other questions please email me at email@example.com
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 two.
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 and it was published when I was fifteen.
How many books have you written?
I have three published books but I am currently writing my seventh book.
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 have written the last two books of the trilogy and I will begin editing them in Autumn 2018.
What is your next book about?
My next book is about a mixed-race fifteen year old boy, Taheem, who’s parents are accused of being involved in a terrorist attack. He is forced to move in with his uncle who lives hundreds of miles away and join a new school where he is the only non-white pupil.
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.
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.
Most of my characters are either bad or I put them through emotional or physical trauma, I don’t know why so many people want to be characters in my books.
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 an elected councillor and I am studying for a master’s degree in Defence, Development and Diplomacy.
How do you have time to write?
Honestly, it’s a struggle but I have just written a blog about this which I will post very soon. I think the answer is that I watch less TV and Netflix than nearly everyone I know.