ends and becomes nine-carat-gold- highlights-and-fake-tan-west-Essex. He
started writing at 14: during a French exchange trip, he wrote pen portraits about the teachers. He wrote
for his school’s creative writing magazine and writes a diary daily. He grew up in the New Forest.
us something about the plot of your novel.
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then his family by going to a youth group. There he meets Kev, a cross dressing
gay man with awful taste in boyfriends and Jo, a grade A drama student, at
college and in his real life. Kieran navigates his way through the maze that is
being a gay man in the late nineties, with help from his two new best friends,
and his two old best friends; Hannah, just coming out too and trying to work
out if Steps are Abba for the
nineties; Grace a one woman charity shop bargain hunter with encyclopoedic pop
do you fit your writing around your home life?
and write before the activities of the day take over. I get up quite early on
the weekend to write for a few hours before baking/hosting/watching TV and
you were to record a soundtrack to your book which three songs (or pieces of
music) would you choose and why?
so can I pick one to represent each of the main characters? Kieran – One For
Sorrow by Steps; Jo – Do-Re-Mi from The Sound of Music; Hannah – No More I Love
You’s by Annie Lennox; Grace – Vienna by Ultravox; Kev – Love’s Unkind by Donna
good are you at planning your work? Do you prefer to wing it?
points on a Word document, but recently I’ve got into Post It notes. It means I
can have them laid out one side of my laptop, and my hand written character
bios on the other side of the laptop and then the story on the screen. It saves
moving from one document to another on screen, I can just glance to the side at
the Post It notes to see the next scene to write. This technique means I write
first drafts as fast as possible, averaging 2000 words an hour.
did you enjoy most about writing your novel?
characters and travelling with them on their journeys. I always want my
characters to have grown, changed by the end of the story, and I like taking
them to some interesting places to help with that.
with Liam Livings
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