My early influences in literature were the carefully-crafted fantastical worlds of Lewis Carroll and J.R.R. Tolkien, the inventive poetry of Shakespeare and T. S. Eliot. Clive Barker and William Gibson inspired me to start writing short stories in my early/mid-teens (mainly published in small press magazines), and I always believed I would finally become an author... William Gibson is probably the single greatest influence to be found in the novel Colliding Orbits, both in the structure and writing-style... Alan Moore, Douglas Adams, Grant Morrison, Tom Clancy, Stephen King, so many names I could list whose work I admire. Other influences include the lyrics of Jim Morrison and Eddie Vedder, the cinematic story-telling of Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese...
There’s a lot of my life in the novel too: places where I worked, characters inspired by people I knew, some situations based on real-life experiences... But Colliding Orbits is a work of fiction. What’s really weird is that eventually the novel itself inspired a real situation far stranger than fiction. But that’s a whole other story... You really just want to know what the “T. S.” stands for?