How did you know you wanted to be an author?: I started writing stories from the age of ten to entertain my three younger brothers and their friends, but only wrote professionally many years later after I wrote the first book in the series - The Secret of the Sacred Scarab - for my two young nephews after we'd been to Egypt on a family holiday.
What is your advice for aspiring authors?: a) Never fall into the trap of thinking that your story is so great you can bypass the services of a professional editor and cover designer. Make sure your book meets the industry’s highest standards in editing, cover, and layout. Spend the money – it’ll be worth it. b) Enter book awards. The more you win (even if it’s just a nomination), the better you look to the professionals. c) Tell the world every day about your book/s. Marketing need not be expensive and word of mouth is the simplest and easiest way of getting your book out there. d) Don’t give up. There’s fierce competition out there, but if your book is a worthy product, it will get noticed. (PS: I usually give up every day, around 4 p.m. but then after a good night’s sleep I start all over again!)
Do you have any writing rituals or practices?: I make notes in pencil in a big notebook before I actually start writing each chapter. The notebook is quite full now...
What message do you want readers to remember?: If you are a parent or have young relatives just getting into reading, the greatest gift you can give them is to instil a love of reading. Enjoying reading is a learned process, and a young child associates the pleasure of reading with a parent or beloved relative with the pleasure of reading as they grow older. Literacy is priceless, and reading and loving books will set that child’s feet firmly on the path to a successful future.
How can fans get in contact with you?: Email: email@example.com Website: http://www.chroniclesofthestone.com