Has it been everything you thought it would be or not?
Writing is much harder work than it might appear. It takes a lot of hours, which I have to fit in around a full time job and family. I love it though and couldn’t give it up now. I need to get all those chattering characters out of my head and on to paper.
Attraction can set the brain and the heart to fighting it out, creating a lot of emotional confusion along the way. In my latest short story, Mantrap, part of the Hard Riders anthology, the lead character Rogue Hellaby is the archetypal bad boy biker, so what’s the appeal of the bad boy who gets… well in this case, the boy?
Did you have to do a lot of research about biker gangs for this story?
My research focussed mainly on language and terminology. I looked in to the history of gangs and the various clubs that exist today. However, The Wyverns aren’t typical. You wouldn’t catch them riding around Charming with SAMCRO, so I felt able to take a few creative liberties with their lifestyle.
What does your family think of your writing?
As long as it doesn’t interfere with provision of food, hugs, laundry or taxi services, they just look on in bemusement and if I mutter any sentence with the word ‘deadline’ in it, they know to steer clear!