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Why did you write this book?
I have had it in the back of my mind for ages and suddenly had the time and inclination to do so, as I recovered, thanks to two wonderful surgeons, from an arterial blood clot, which became complicated.
What books do you like to read?
Crime drama like – Stieglitz Larsson’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, fictional thrillers like The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, and high fantasy adventure Lord of the Rings by Tolkien. I like the leaps through time and space. I also enjoy financial market stories like The Big Short by Michael Lewis.
My favourite books of 2016 so far have been A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking, Thing Explainer by Randall Monroe, The Vital Question by Nick Lane, Disclaimer by Renee Knight and Tender is the Night by F Scott Fitzgerald.
Which are your Favourite films?
Mostly action films of pure escapism such as Spectre, Bourne Identity, Batman, fast and furious or human interest love stories such as Notting Hill, Pretty Woman and Love Actually
What inspired you to write the story?
It has been a conspiratorial thriller gently growing in the back of my mind where I believe the premise could be true and it fascinates many people
What gave you the idea?
Markets sometimes react in such a way that you can see the manipulation. Many who know me have asked is it an auto biography, in any way -clearly it is not, I just know how things should be and when they are not I have a vivid imagination so writing a conspiratorial fictional thriller didn’t seem that strange.
What do you want from writing this book?
I would like it to be a success so as to have the opportunity to write another, maybe even turn it into a film.
You seem to have your feet firmly planted on the ground, why this conspiratorial view?
We are lead to believe Governments rule the world, which I believe is not entirely the case as there are undercover forces acting as a stabilising silent hand, not necessarily for altruistic reasons.
What makes you you?
I am very happy in my own skin. I was brought up to push myself to the limit, to have the confidence and self-belief to take on whatever I dreamt up. I guess I have learnt it is ok to fail or be wrong, I dust myself down and try again. That is something trading markets teaches you.. You can never be right all of the time. Trading can be such an aphrodisiac but also one of the most humbling things you can do
Do you believe in God?
Yes most definitely. I was brought up at Worth Abbey by Benedictine monks as a Roman Catholic and now practice a less public derivative.
Were you a happy child?
Totally rambunctious and very happy, as an only child.
Why do you think reasoning and thinking is so critical?
If you have an insatiable thirst for knowledge and understanding it allows you to question everything. I love to play the devil’s advocate as well, sometimes mischievously.
What advice do you have for your children?
Experience everything, laugh and love infectiously. Be your own person. Think in different perspectives from the perceived norm. Life is truly intoxicating, do something amazing and incredible with it. Be happy and have endless reasons to be so.
What would your collection of music never be without?
Scott Joplin rag time, Zucchero Cosi Celeste, Andre Bocelli Ave Maria, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake
If you could only have one playlist of twenty songs excluding the previously mentioned, what would that be?
What if I by Ben Brother, Here I Am by Bryan Adams & Hans Zimmer, Slave to Love by Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music, Road to Hell by Chris Rea, Brilliance by Deep Dive Corp, Journey of the Angels by Enya, I will Wait by Mumford and Sons, Naughty Boy by Beyoncé, Love Me Like You Do by Ellie Golding, Let Me Love you by Schiller, I Feel You by Leben, Rose Rouge on the Tourist album by St Germain. In your Dreams by Steve Nicks, Greyhound by Swedish House Mafia, Get It On by T Rex, Learning to Fly by Tom Petty, Nostalgia by Yanni
Do you have any regrets?
None, as Edith Piaf would have said “non je ne regrette rein”.
What made you want to become a writer?
I had conjured up a story that I thought would be fun to write.
Tell us about the series?
The story is centred around the notion that seven families rule the world. I can expand this story to seven books, but only if my first is successful.
If you could spend the day with a character from your book whom would it be and why?
JJ, as I think she is possibly smarter than Luca and she has so much to teach one.
Tell us a little about yourself – perhaps something not many people know?
I used to deliver yachts and play Backgammon professionally, in the 1970’s.
What drew you to this genre?
It’s what I like to read in a book and watch in a film.
If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown.
This is your debut novel. How does it feel?
Amazing, frustrating, inspiring, and infuriating all in one and the same sentence.
Have you always wanted to be a writer? (And was there a particular moment you thought ‘I can do this’?)
I really don’t think so, but the opportunity arose as I recovered from a significant operation.
What inspires you to write?
A willing creative mind with the stick of the challenge and the carrot of possible success.
Do you have any advice for yet-to-be-published writers reading this?
You almost certainly can do this. Accept the challenge and create the time, let your imagination go wild and deliver.