I have been reading and watching science fiction since I was old enough to watch Peter Davison walking around an unrealistic jungle set in Doctor Who. The first set of sci-fi books I ever read was The Tripods trilogy by John Christopher without ever having watched the resultant TV series. The Tripods were scary.
Over the years I've come to love books like The Dark is Rising, Ender's Game, Magician, The Belgariad, The Dragonlance Chronicles. More recently I've come to admire the Star Trek references in Robert J. Sawyer books, the effortless advanced science of Greg Egan and the finely balanced scientific\action novels written by Robert Charles Wilson.
Somewhere in all of this I came to the conclusion that I wanted to create my own adventures, set in my own worlds, with characters that acted and felt like real people. My first novel,Threshold Shift, was the direct result of this ambition, a sort of sci fi\western hybrid. It was really enjoyable to write and I hope just as enjoyable for others to read. After this I collected my favourite short stories together and published, Five Byte Stories. I wrote these stories over a five year period, and they are all very different to each other, representing as they do, my changing and evolving writing skills.
My second novel Hunter No More, was initially published by Mythos Press but after my year's contract was fulfilled I decided to re-publish it myself. Having a publisher was a departure for me, which considerably slowed the publishing process and lengthened the editing process for the better. When writing this novel I have to admit to being influenced by the coming singularity, posing the question can human and post human life co-exist and what does one mean to the other? Overall I felt this was better than my previous novel in terms of style, plotting and overall writing.
My third novel Redfern, I directly published myself. I think I just enjoy having more control than placing it with a publisher would allow me. This time I wanted to explore themes of immortality, morality, the relationship between AI and human and how that can evolve over an extended period of time. I also wanted to ask questions such as "What is our survival worth as a species and how far are we willing to go to ensure that survival?" and "Who has the right to decide who lives and who dies?"