Born in London, Max currently resides in a quiet Essex backwater. He is the author of three published novels: The Sister, The Life and Times of William Boule and his latest release, The Night of The Mosquito. Currently he is working on a new novel called Don’t Turn on The Light: Crossing the Line, release date 21 March 2016.
If any his book, The Sister, achieved a Gold Medal award on the former HarperCollins website, authonomy. The same book resulted in a listing for him on The Top 50 Best Crime Writers To Watch in 2014 List by Forensic Outreach. On the list, were many established authors such as Lee Child, Joe Nesbo, Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling). It was completely unexpected for him, but an honour to be included. Let us know more about his writing.
What inspired you to start writing?
In the first instance, I’d say because I loved reading. Secondly, I’d gone through a phase of describing movies that I’d seen to my friends. In trying to convey the story and the excitement I’d felt, I found I was getting some positive reactions. I began to believe I could craft stories of my own.
What did you like to read when you were a boy?
I started with an encyclopaedia, graduating to Greek and Roman myths and legends. By the time I was a teenager, I was reading the likes of Harold Robbins, Dennis Wheatley and Stephen King.
What is the greatest challenge in writing a book?
Setting aside the time to actually get down to writing.
How much research do you do before writing the book?
I have a tendency to research as and when I need to while I’m writing. Blending fiction with truth takes a fair amount of time.
What motivated you to write the book “The Night of the Mosquito”?
The idea that we all have unfinished business in our lives and if we don’t attend to it, inevitably, it will haunt us.
Can you tell us more about your latest book “The Night of the Mosquito”?
The story winds around a retired hypnotherapist, an escaped lunatic and a traumatized young man and pitches them into a collision course against the backdrop of a town having trouble coming to grips with the aftermath of a natural phenomenon. As with all my books, you are investing in a story which goes beyond what title, cover or pitch can suggest.
How did you come up with the idea of writing Psychological Thriller genre book?
I guess that being one of my favourite genres, it follows that I’ll be attracted to write in that category.
Who are your favourite authors?
I don’t really have any current favourites but I admire much of the work Stephen King and Harlan Coben have done in the past.
How much time do you dedicate to writing on a daily basis?
Around four hours a day.
What words of wisdom would you like to give to aspiring writers?
Don’t rush, produce good quality original work and be true to yourself. And never give up.
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