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Q & A TIME!
Q1. How did you start writing?
A. Following my long directing, producing and writing career in film and television which ranged from pop videos, commercials and corporate promotions to TV broadcast. I made the award-winning documentary 'The Colours of Infinity', which I followed with 'Is God a Number?' then with 'Clouds are not Spheres'. 'Colours' has already been transmitted in over 50 territories and is currently available in four languages. I have published two popular science books: 'Introducing Fractals' in 2009 and 'The Colours of Infinity' in 2010. This book was published by Springer and is based on the film. After publishing these two factual books I decided to return to my first love, which was writing fiction. I wanted to entertain, inform and inspire my readers. I wrote the comic thriller 'Nothing and Everywhere.' This book is also a story about the hero and the heroine finding love. It explores some important ideas in mathematics. Having made three films about Fractal Geometry and written two books on the subject I wanted to weave my knowledge of the subject into the novel. The beautiful heroine of 'Nothing and Everywhere' is a mathematical genius. It is her knowledge that solves the mystery of the hero John Smith's stolen computer.
Q2. What advice would you give to inspiring writers?
A. Conceive a good story and create strong characters that will hold a reader's attention and work hard.
Q3. What inspired your latest piece?
A. Recalling my life in Cambridge in the 1960s. The novel is semi-autobiographical. I was living in Cambridge where the novel is set and I was 19 in 1962. The twin sons in the Wheatcroft family represent the two sides of my character. Mark is the pragmatic scientist, whose life is not happy. Dominic, the hero of the story, is the mystic poet, who travels to India and finds what he is looking for and thus fulfillment.
Q4. Favourite Word?
Life is Just… is the story of a 'perfect' family's fall from grace and its redemption. The father, Freddy, is Senior Tutor at St Andrew’s (fictional) college and he is homophobic. The mother, Mary, is a dominated, loving, full-time mother. The Grandmother, Grace, is banged up in a mental hospital permanently. She is a manic-depressive (bi-polar). The daughter, Lauren, bonds with her grandmother and experiments with drugs through her artist boyfriend, Richard Bannerman. Of their twin sons, Dominic and Mark: Dominic travels to India (against his parents’ wishes) to find a guru and spiritual insight. Mark is a scientist and, like his father, a devout atheist. He cannot understand or find any respect for Dominic. Freddy is an alcoholic and is severely injured in a car crash, which he is responsible for. The family falls apart.