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Yes, I am writing all the time and will update my website as soon as I know when the next book is coming out.






I hope so. I have written some more, but not enough to make another book yet – watch this space!






Mostly from things that have happened to me, or that I’ve seen. But sometimes they just pop up out of nowhere. The trick is to remember them when they arrive. That's why I have a notepad by my bed in case I think of something great during the night – That happens quite a lot!







Definitely, but I can’t tell you which bits because that would be too embarrassing.






Once I have a basic idea, I let it rattle around in my head until I’ve got enough other ideas to start brainstorming a plot.  Sometimes that can take a long time and I usually have several different book ideas stuck in my head at any time. After brainstorming, I write down a very short summary of the story before I do anything else. It often changes a fair bit once I start to write it, but I think it’s important to have some idea where you are heading.






I am also a primary school teacher and I still do that when I am not writing. But if I could do anything at all, I would like to be a professional soccer player.







Read and practice! The best way to learn about good writing is by reading good books. And the only way to become a good writer is to do it. Don’t worry if you aren’t happy with everything you come up with. Like everything worth achieving in life, it takes lots and lots of practice.







Usually about six months, but I probably spend less than half of that time actually writing the draft. The rest is spent revising and re-reading and editing, over and over again until I’m sure that it’s as good as it can be.







Having a reader tell you that they liked your book.







Having to do the housework.







It was about a ghost who scared people away from his house by doing ghost farts- I called it Gone with the wind, but sadly it still hasn’t been published.








Are you writing anything else?
Will you publish any more short stories?
Are any of the things that happen in your books actually true?
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