I’m Joe, and “a writer” is the best description of myself I know how to give someone. I’ve been doing it for so long, writing is really what defines me. I suppose I have my head in the clouds a bit? But even that’s because I’m a writer. A lot of writers say “they’re always working on ideas, and they are always writing” which I find to be a really pretentious response.

I write a lot less than you might think, but I am always “imagining”.

My writing day starts with me watching or reading something. That’s the thing with me and writing: it works better when I’m inspired to write by watching or reading something.

1. An interesting writing quirk?

I suppose you could call it “interesting” that sometimes I just walk around the house pretending to be my own characters. It just helps me to get into character, I suppose. My brother wouldn’t call it interesting, though, he prefers “nuts”.

2. The closest thing to a secret talent that I have is that I remember everything.

Like, it’s probably the only natural talent I have. I remember whole songs, I remember speeches from novels and films, I remember obscure lines of dialogue. If you’ve ever watched the Netflix show Suits, you’ll have a vague idea of what I mean. I’m not quite on that level, but you get the point.

3. The best science fiction writers?

This is going to sound crazy, but I don’t read a lot of science fiction. I know it sounds weird, what with me writing a sci-fi book, but I haven’t read a huge amount of it. My favourite sci-fi writer, though, is without doubt Eoin Colfer. His “Artemis Fowl” series, in my opinion, is science fiction disguised as Fantasy, which I think is cool.

4. The best money I ever spent as a writer was the £200 I spent on my first laptop.

I did so much writing on it, and I still own it to this day. Before that I used to write on paper, which took loooooong.

5. My hardest scene to write?

At the end of my book, there’s a torture scene. It was hardest for me to write because I was trying not to make it too cheesy.

6. I have NEVER been to any conventions.

I don’t know if that’s weird or not, because, well, I’ve never been to any conventions. Someday I plan on going to comic-con, though, I just haven’t gotten around to it.

7. Star Trek or Star Wars?

That is so difficult. Why would you ask me that?!! I grew up on Star Wars, and despite the fact that I dislike the sequels, it’s still very near and dear to me. However, I recently got into Star Trek by watching the new films made by JJ Abrams, I believe? And I think they’re really cool. I think Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto are perfect casting choices for Kirk and Spock. I guess on the whole, I’m going to have to go with Star Wars because I can sum up my entire childhood in four words: Attack of the Clones.

8. How long have you been writing?

About 12 years! I remember wanting to be a writer when I was five, but I wrote my first story when I was around 7 years old. And yes, it was a bit rubbish, and I still have it to this day!

9. What do I love about space opera?

Spaceships, explosions, blowing things up, Hyperdrives, planets! I’m not sure I can narrow it down to just one thing, I guess the whole genre just grabs me. I wasn’t always “a sci-fi writer”, so I guess I just found myself in it, but as I grew up watching Star Wars and Doctor Who, it’s always been a part of me.

10. My latest release is an e-Novella called “The Commodore’s Quickening”. It’s a continuation of my first novel, “Guardian Angel: The Magenta Conflict”, and they’re both space opera stories about the 31st century, during a war between Earth and Mars. I’m not sure how I can explain what happens without ruining it (not that anyone actually reads any of my nonsense!) but it involves a piece of sci-fi technology that I’m pretty sure I invented called a “Quantum Hyperdrive”.

11. My first novel, The Magenta Conflict, is what I’m dying to talk to everyone about. It’s literally all I talk about on a daily basis, to pretty much anyone who will listen. I can’t remember when I started it, only that I’ve been writing it forever, and fine-tuning it until everything was perfect. It’s been out for about a year, and I’m still waiting for Hollywood to call me up about a movie deal!

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