Can I request a topic for you to speak about on YouTube? Of course! If there is something you'd like me to cover, please feel free to get in touch.
Can I contact you for an interview/event/guest blog post/YouTube collaboration? Sure! Please send me an email with your questions and/or ideas and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.
Who creates your book covers? Most of my current covers were created by me! I've worked as a graphic designer for several years and also designed covers for other authors, such as HK Savage, Donna Milward, David Fingerman, Donna Girouard and Beadrin Youngdahl, as well as maps for CS Yelle's Ter Chadain books.
Will you read/write my story? Sorry, but no. There's nothing wrong with hiring someone to write your story, but I have worked as a ghostwriter before and it wasn't for me.
What is the Batty Brigade? The Batty Brigade is the affectionate term I use for my readers and fans. You'll see me referring to my Batties on social media, in videos, and also in my newsletters. I think of my fans as a community, so I like giving you a special name to show how much that means to me.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers? Don't stop. Don't stop writing, don't stop reading, don't stop learning, don't stop trying. But more than anything, don't stop believing.
How did you become an author? There wasn't any one day when it happened, it built slowly from childhood. I've been scribbling stories for as long as I can remember, but it wasn't until my teens when I seriously considered publication. I'd moved from short stories to novels at that point, and had a lot of support from my family and teachers. I approached a few publishers, but was rejected by all of them, so I put my potential writing career on hold to focus on my schoolwork. I never stopped though, and by the time I finished high school I'd penned seven novels. I started submitting again while I was studying at university. After another wave of rejections my debut novel Blindsighted Wandererwas released by Staccato Publishing in 2012, only two weeks after I graduated with my BSc.
What inspires you to create? I often find myself using elements of history, legends and philosophy in my books, but I'm also inspired by dreams, nature, different cultures, music, and my own life experiences. Visually, I'm inspired by fairy-tales, landscapes, and gothic aesthetics. I'm a person of extremes; I love both the light and the dark. But I suppose my main inspiration is my curiosity. I can never shut my mind down, and I love learning, so constantly imagining and researching things makes me wonder. My favourite question in regards to creativity is, "what if...?"
Who would you say has influenced you the most in your writing? Probably Philip Pullman, Anne Rice, Neil Gaiman, Michelle Paver, Marcus Sedgwick, and Charlotte Bronte. I also have massive respect for Christopher Paolini, because his debut novel Eragon was published when he was only fifteen, and as a teenager hoping to become an author myself, that was a huge inspiration.
What do you love most about being an author? I love that I can show the world how I see it, and share that vision with anyone who cares to join me. I love how I can explore different themes, discover new worlds, meet incredible characters, literally make magic happen with my imagination.
Do you have any writing mottos? When in doubt, simplify. Believe in what you're doing. If you don't, others won't. Be proud, be happy, be different.