Tell me a little bit about yourself as a person?
I work in PR for a children’s charity, before that I was a newspaper journalist for a lot of years. I started as a reporter and was a news editor, sub-editor and an editor. It’s a job where you meet all manner of people from every station in life, which I think helped me as a writer. At home I have two sons who keep me busy so I do the usual family stuff. I run sometimes, when I can be bothered, and I did London marathon a couple of years ago – mostly I’d rather sit around in front of the TV or listen to music though. Oh – and I read, I’m always reading.
Tell me about your journey as a writer – how you started and how you have developed?
I remember writing creatively as a child – maybe even when I was at junior school. I used to write scraps in the back of old school notebooks – not proper stories or poems, but attempts at fiction certainly. I can’t remember why I started but I always loved reading and I guess it grew out of that.
I got more serious in my 20s. My writing began to take on proper shape and structure and eventually I started writing stories I felt were good enough to enter competitions – then I started winning some, which was obviously encouraging.
Later on I progressed to attempting novels. I’ve completed three so far – this is the first I’ve found a publisher for. It’s been a learning process – it still is!
How would you describe your work – its themes and the important things about it?
I guess what I write is literary fiction, or general fiction – it’s what I read and what I’m passionate about. Themes can be whatever interests me at the time – if an idea snags on me I’ll work it through in my notebook and if it appears there’s enough there for a story or even a novel I’ll start work on it.
Tell me about your current book – what is it about?
Song of the Sea God is a book about a man who comes to a small island off the coast of northern England and tries to convince the locals he is a god. In some ways I suppose it’s a book about the nature of religion – what it means to people, how it works. I’d like to think there’s humour in there, particularly in the narrative voice, but it’s quite a dark book as well, it delves into some quite murky places.
I have a blog, where I talk about writing and lots of other stuff, HERE.
It can be ordered at all bookshops – plus found at many places online including Barnes and Noble, Waterstones and of course it’s available on Amazon and you can read the first few pages to get a feel for it.
Please do check out Chris’s work and his blog. If there are any other writers out there who’d like to be featured here on my blog, do let me know.