- Tell us something about yourself and your life in Ireland
Something about myself… ok, since you are probably on a computer, google- “Doe Castle”, the castle you see is only a couple of hundred yards from my parents house, and that castle was my playground growing up. Jealous?
It was a great place to grow up and how could you not have a vivid imagination playing in your own castle every day. I am a chef by day and have represented Ireland internationally in cookery competitions, and hide behind a computer screen or out in the forest with my dog in the evening.
- Conceiving a retelling can be tricky as there is a story with a beginning, middle and end. How did you add elements in your series ‘Heroes of Troy’?
That’s the secret, I didn’t add elements to the story, more so, I took things away. Remove the gods from troy and what have your got? A war between people. The pain and hurt of death without trying to blame it on the gods.
- How long did you take to ideate, create and finally write the series ‘Heroes of Troy’ to life?
From the first time I sat at a computer and started thinking about writing it, I believe it was eight years. But there were scrapped versions, and times I went a month or two without opening the computer. Add to this that I work between six and seven days a week, every week, it became a very slow process.
- What attracted you to Greek mythology?
Greek mythology is something I grew up with. Honestly I don’t know how, or don’t remember, but I have always known the stories. I may forget for a time but if someone describes one a little bit, I know it. But the stories were always amazing to me, magic. Then you add some humour and you never know what you will have. I dare you to open youtube and search for “Weetabix troy advert” and you may understand my love of it.
- Writing is a lonely process that consumes you at times. How do you deal with such situation?
I am surrounded by people in the kitchen every day, and I come from a large family, sometimes the peace of a computer screen in a room alone is welcome. But I have friend around if it gets too much.
- Apart from being an author, you are also a chef. How do you balance two passions and derive the best of both worlds?
I am not sure I would call it a balance so much, its probably a very unhealthy unsocial lifestyle. I go from running around a kitchen sweating to sitting in front of a screen. And if you think about it, what an author does while typing is really talking to themselves. So maybe a little bit of crazy helps out 😉
- Which is a book on writing that you keep recommending to aspiring authors?
I love Stephen King’s – “On Writing”. It is advice on writing, but its also part memoir of his own life which is why I think I like it. I would find it very difficult to read an advice book, or a self help book. I need a story to follow which is why I love historical fiction and fantasy, but Stephen kings book has a story within its pages. And for once with Stephen king, its not a horror.
- Any parting message to your audience –
Obviously I would like to thank anyone who takes the time and gives a little known author like myself a chance, I really appreciate it. And if you are writing yourself, have courage, and finish the manuscript. It can always be fixed later, but until its finished, you will never know if you have the next bestseller.
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