The Picky Bookworm

"Books are a uniquely portable magic." –Stephen King

I happened across Brian’s profile when I was looking for new authors to follow on Twitter, and the fact that he writes to support various charities really stood out to me! I contacted him, and he was kind enough to answer a few questions for me. I loved his answers, and I hope you will too!

Do you build your stories around social issues?

I have never really thought about it! I suppose my new book is around World war II, specifically the Battle of Britain and its 80th anniversary. So, I suppose that maybe is a social issue to highlight the plight what our Armed forces go through and how we treat some of them on their return to civilian life, homelessness, PTSD and suicide.

Do you prefer to build your character first, then add social issues?

I had the idea to write a book about my daughters and the luxury to know how it would pan out. I also knew I could go back in time to write prequels on anything I wanted, social issues of the time?

Have you ever wanted to trade places with one of your characters?

In my new book, yes, as Nicholas is a Battle of Britain pilot it must have frightening but amazing. I cannot praise the amazing things these pilots done for our future.

Which characters would you like to hang out with, or avoid?

Nicholas and Millie, a World War II nurse, would have so incredible stories to tell. What I love is there would be such a broad sweep of stories from, horrific tales of the trenches to the heroics in the sky. I can sit and listen to these for hours the bravery and sheer determination of a generation, which let nothing deter them to making it a better place for our children!

What are you most proud of professionally?

Getting my printed copies delivered and finally having one in my hand was a truly amazing feeling. Then when you start get people buying the book, very emotional!  Handing over one to the charity so they could see it was real also amazing. Finally, starting to hand over the 100% proceeds from the sales.

What are you most proud of personally?

The person I have become, Caring and helpful. Hopefully, the people I have helped over the last 20 years, are better now than I came into their lives, than they were previously before we met. 

What was the inspiration for your characters?

Definitely my daughters, combined with my love for Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books. Those adventures were brilliant, and I wanted to recreate something like that.

What gave you the idea for your latest book?

It just happened probably 15 years or so ago. I remember that was sick reading same books to kids so made it up in my head. Decided to write it down and the idea was born from there. So that gave first book, but that idea was always two books, different charities. I had always the thought process to leave gaps to be able to write prequels.

Who is your favourite writer and why?

I don’t think I have a favourite I like different authors across different genres.

Enid Blyton – Loved Famous Five books growing up

Dick Francis – Love of horse racing, combined with mystery

James Herbert – The ability to scare you with words!

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – What can you say about Sherlock Holmes that hasn’t already been said!

What’s your favourite book?

Although not a favourite author A.A. Milne Winnie the Pooh Stories. The stories are remarkable and those little illustrations take it to the believable.

Do you read a lot? If so, what are you currently reading?

No, I don’t read a lot, in fact hardly ever! Maybe once a year, when flying to or back from my holiday destination!

What writing projects are you working on?

My second charity book, as previously described above. Very poignant as we are in the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. 

I am also working on a personal project. I am currently writing my RAF memoirs! Not sure why or for who? I just thought it was a nice thing to do for my children. I hope they may like it in later years when I am gone or a keepsake hopefully for their children, grandchildren. I have tried to write it in a kind of Spike Milligan fun biography, will it work? Time will tell. 

What do you like most about writing?

Anything and everything! See or hear a topic and think yes maybe! I am always on the lookout for next project. If I could, I would love to do little short stories for charities not printed just about the charity for their own distribution. A comic strip of the book adventures would be brilliant.

I am actually lucky I find writing quite easy, when I am in the mood!

Where can readers connect with you?

So, there ya go! I hope you had as much fun connecting with Brian as I did! His writing for charity sounds like such a great cause, so be sure to check his links out and help support him and his charity choice! Until next time bookworms!

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