Short Stories: several, some of which you can read for free here
> What is your new novel, Seven Wonders, about?
> Your first novel, Empire State, also deals with super heroes, but in an alternate 20s New York. How much research did you do on the prohibition era and what interested you in that period?
Fast-forward again to about 2003, and I was browsing the magazine rack in a book store and saw 2000AD there. I picked it up on a whim, and was hooked immediately - for some reason, at the grand old age of 25, I'd discovered something that I felt was really for me. So after reading 2000AD for a while, I decided to go for broke and try some superhero comics, starting with Iron Man and Batman. And that was it - it was like a switch was turned on in my brain. I'd found my home, and since then superhero comics have been a burning passion.
So it made sense to write a superhero novel, to get it all out of my system, as it were! Seven Wonders was the second novel I wrote, and Empire State was next.
> If you could have a super power, what would it be?
> What made you want to be a writer?
Just as I was moving to the UK, a new SF publisher was being set up and they were open to unagented submissions, so I decided to give it a shot. I was rejected, of course, but it was an important moment, a real turning point. Because that made me realise that a) I really did want to be a writer, and b) if I was going to make it, it had to be the most important thing in my life. Having had that lightning bold realisation, I started listening to writing podcasts, not just for writing advice but to find the community. One of the first ones I came across was I Should Be Writing, by Mur Laffterty, which was a huge help and really set me on my path. And it worked! Which is still a constant source of wonder and surprise for me.
> If you could, would you change places with any of your characters?
> What were your literary influences for Seven Wonders and Empire State?
Empire State: Raymond Chandler (The Big Sleep is one of my favourite novels - in fact, the idea for Empire State came about after reading that novel, and wondering what it would have been like if Chandler had written science fiction - which he famously hated), and a fascination I have with period superheroes .The Golden Age adventures of superheroes like the Green Lantern and Batman were frequently bizarre, and I've always thought that the film Batman Begins would have been brilliant if it had been set in 1939.
> You've had several stories nominated and longlisted for awards, and have posted the stories for free on your website. Beyond the matter of length, do you find it easier writing short stories or novels?
> What's the first novel (published or unpublished) that you wrote and how long did it take to write it?
> When and where do you write?
> What’s the best/worst thing about writing?
> What is something you didn’t know about the publishing industry before you had your first book published?
> Do you have any advice for hopeful authors?
> Any tips against writers block?
> How do you discipline yourself to write?