The reader is generally exposed to the tip of the iceberg – there may lie hours of research beneath the surface. At times I wondered what I had gotten myself into!
What’s a typical day like for you?
The same as everyone, only bookended by stints at the keyboard! I’m usually up at 5am, and manage an hour or more of writing before work – yes, I still have a day job! Most nights, after sport or homework or the usual domestic rituals, I’ll aim for a fun board game with the kids before hitting the keyboard again for another hour or more. During this time I might also answer reader queries or post something to social media. It varies day to day but where possible, I tend to stick to a routine.
If you could co-write a book with any author (feel free to time travel) who would it be?
Michael Crichton. I have a number of favourite authors but Michael’s influence has been the most profound. I fondly recall picking up Jurassic Park in a bookstore back in the early nineties (yes, well before the movie) and thinking ‘this looks interesting’. What an understatement! So yes, I’d have to time travel, but it’d be an honour to collaborate with the master.
He needs an offsider, and in an apocalyptic landscape, a good scout is imperative. Who better than Daryl from The Walking Dead? He knows zombies, can track, and is an expert in foraging supplies. I’d select Dana Scully for her medical knowledge and logical approach to unusual phenomena. And for brains, brawn, and strategy, I’d go with Ripley from the Alien movies. Better than anyone, she knows how to deal with hordes of nasties! Finally, I’d round it out with Hurley from ‘Lost’. Don’t underestimate him – he’s there to keep things real, keep things light, and keep the team unified. Of course, when things go pear-shaped (and they will) I’ve got some options on the bench: Dutch from Predator, Michonne from The Walking Dead, Indiana Jones, Fox Mulder, and Gandalf the Grey. Is that cheating? (Editor's note: Nah, we'll let that slide.)