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When were you born?
23 March, 1974.
Where are you from?
Ballymoney, Co. Antrim , Northern Ireland originally. I also lived in Barnsley, South Yorkshire for a spell, then Coleraine for a long time, now living in Portstewart on the North Coast.
Where were you educated?
Eden Primary School, Ballymoney High School, Causeway Institute (Coleraine), Causeway Institute (Ballymoney) and Barnsley College.
Did you ever have a 'real job'?
I worked in AVX in Coleraine (a multi-layered ceramic capacitor factory) when I came back from college, then the Civil Service for a while, then as a porter at the Causeway Hospital.
When did you start writing?
While studying Performing Arts at Causeway Institute (Ballymoney) I wrote a few sketches, which were pretty bad. Then at college I wrote a few short stories, which were also pretty bad. I started writing Vampire Dawn when I worked in AVX and finished it when I was made redundant.
What do you do in your spare time?
I love listening to music and watching movies. I play guitar and have been in a few bands over the years. I've written a lot of songs so I'll probably get around to recording them at some point. I'm also really getting into movie-making. It's amazing what you can do with a camcorder and some editing software these days.
Any tips for aspiring writers?
Get it finished! Never mind if you think the whole middle section is crap, get to the end and then see how it plays. It's a lot easier to edit than to create, and a lot easier to see what your MS needs/ doesn't need when you look at the big picture. If it isn't in between two pieces of bread, it isn't a sandwich.
More books! One every year hopefully. More films, maybe some adaptations of my own novels, it would be really nice to see all my characters brought to life on the silver screen.