An Interview with the Author
What's your inspiration for Gothalia?
For her, my inspiration would be, Kalverya from one of my older books called 'Kalverya and the Rise of the Philistine Clan' which has been almost completed but I'm uncertain if I'll publish it in the future as I didn't want to make a carbon copy character. And who inspired, Kalverya? Well it was none other than Wonder Woman from DC comics. I found that she was a strong character and I love writing about strong, witty and smart characters I feel like it gives them depth.
How do you approach cover design?
I design it in a way that gets you to stop and pause a little. I didn't want it to be too busy but I also wanted the book cover to be different but something that you'll remember when you walk away.
How do you go about your characters?
That's a little tricky, a lot of the times I just imagine them then find ways to bring them to life by either drawing or creating a character bio. However, I've often based them on people I've met throughout my life or interactions I've had with them. It's pretty simple when you think about it.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love to read comics, especially DC. Though I also, love reading actual books such as the Hunger Games, Divergent and many other science fiction or action adventure books. Romance not so much and I mostly choose to read books written by indie authors that way I know I'm contributing to their creations with each purchase.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Definitely, my mobile phone (cell phone) it's easy. I don't like tablets as much, I find they're too bulky and awkward sometimes.
How did you come up with your science-fiction world?
It wasn't straight forward, nor was it cut and dry. It was over a period of time - I think a year before I actually planned and wrote it out. I was often told stories about soldiers growing up and wars. It wasn't something that people that I knew of fantasied or romanticised about, it was more along the lines they were aware of the type of world that we can find ourselves living in at any moment and that made me look at the world differently. Not as if it was less beautiful but more as if that anything can change and we may never see it coming.
Describe your desk
Messy. Always messy. No matter how hard or how many times I clean it, it's still messy.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Darwin, Australia. A small city in the Northern Territory. Growing up I discovered a lot about society, I discovered a lot about people and a lot about the world I was forced to live in. A part of me didn't like some of it, but a part of me loved the other side of it. The side that was fair, just and beautiful. That influenced my writing mainly, making me write about darker worlds that had lost it's beauty, or were in the process of losing it's beauty, and because of that, I had to create strong characters that would protect these worlds - just like we have in real life. I think growing up has it's ups and downs but I decided to put pen to paper and explore a little more about the world we live in.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing as soon as I left school, back in 2013. I've been writing ever since, whether it's been blog posts, short stories or lengthy novels I found I've never grown tired of it.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind Midnight Eclipse is about super soldiers and regular soldiers being caught up in a war that was expected yet unexpected to the general populous. They search for the Fragments of Midnight Eclipse which had landed on the planet over a million years ago and ever since then they have been used decorations, assortments and other materials by the Humans who never knew of it's value. The story takes place in modern society, with Gothalia and Noel-Len and as such they're caught up in a war that has occurred for thousands of years and they aren't aware of it yet.