Where did you get the idea for the book?
“I’ve been playing and writing computer games since I was thirteen. The inspiration for Battleframe came from the accumulated adventures I had with my friends. Many of the characters in the novel are actually the avatar names of people that I’ve been playing with for years. It was a lot of fun blending the multiple worlds of Battleframe together and seeing the reaction of my comrades at arms.”

What traits and other tidbits do you share with your main character?
“Whizzbang is a nickname that I’ve been using since I first starting playing RPG’s and PC games. I was brought up to always strive for excellence and Whizzbang has this trait. I would come home from school with a 95% for a maths test and my mother would immediately ask me what happened to the 5%? I didn’t understand it at the time but I now realise that you only learn from the 5%. Whizzbang is the same, he’s the best at his craft and doesn’t settle for being second best.”

Did any of your inspiration for this book originate in your real life experiences?
“No it didn’t. It really came from my imagination that has been fuelled by years of gaming and scifi books. I should say that many of the characters are based on real people.”

What made you decide to self-publish?
“As an unknown author I’m very well aware that the odds of snagging a traditional publisher is next to zero. I’m a bit of a pragmatist and decided to go the independent route and if all goes well become known. It’s much easier for a publisher to bet on you once you’ve sold a lot of copies of your book.”

Are there any specific authors whose writing styles or subject matter inspired your book?
“I really like Brandon Sanderson’s writing style. He doesn’t get bogged down in providing the reader with enormous amounts of detail and yet he provides enough to paint the overall picture of what’s happening. Rather than having pages and pages of prose I tried to move descriptions into dialogue and give the whole novel a very fast paced feel.”

Do you have another project in the works? If so, what is it?
“I’m about 25% of the way through the second book in The Mindwars series. Let me say that it starts off immediately where Battleframe finishes and thrusts the reader immediately into the action. I’m yet to name the second book and although I have an overall direction I’m still likely to chop and change quite a bit.”

When you self-publish, do you do it all yourself?
“There’s not a chance that I could have completed Battleframe without my close support network. My wife, best friend and father all read various beta-writes and providing invaluable feedback. My son has now completed a final read through and also provided some great insights into the various characters and their interactions.
One of the best decisions I made was contracting an artist to draw the artwork for the cover. I’m sure you will agree that Sebastien Hue did an amazing job in capturing the last scene in the book.”

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