Joshua Winning is an author and film journalist who writes for TOTAL FILM, SFX, GAY TIMES and RADIO TIMES. He has been on set with Kermit the Frog, devoured breakfast with zombies on The Walking Dead, and sat on the Iron Throne while visiting the Game Of Thrones set in Dublin. Jeff Goldblum once told him he looks a bit like Paul Bettany.
In 2018, Joshua’s YA thriller VICIOUS RUMER was published by Unbound. His dark fantasy series THE SENTINEL TRILOGY was published by Peridot Press, and he also co-wrote ’80s teen horror CAMP CARNAGE. In 2015, Joshua’s short story DEAD AIR appeared in SPEAK MY LANGUAGE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF GAY FICTION.
Joshua grew up watching Labyrinth and The Neverending Story on repeat, and was raised on a steady diet of Whedon, Cameron and Lucas. His literary heroes include Robin Jarvis, Stephen King and Daphne du Maurier. As a journalist, he has interviewed some of the most exciting names in the film industry, including Jodie Foster, Ryan Reynolds, Charlize Theron and Christopher Lee. He dreams of getting Sigourney Weaver to yell “Goddammit!” at him one day.
Q&A With Joshua
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I never really decided I wanted to be, I just couldn’t stop writing! I started making up stories pretty much as soon as I could talk, but I didn’t really set out to write something properly until I was around 13. I’ve always loved fantasy and horror, though, so that’s what I’ve always written.
What’s the best thing about writing?
Escaping the real world, which can often be a bit too busy for my liking. That said, I also work as a film journalist, which means I sometimes get to go to exciting places and write about what I’ve seen.
Do you prefer books or movies?
That’s like asking somebody which pet is their favourite! Books were my first love, so I should probably side with them, but then I start thinking about all the movies that changed my life. I’ll have to sit uncomfortably on the fence for this one.
Do you have a favourite book?
I love all of Robin Jarvis’ novels, in particular The Whitby Witches. I’m also a big fan of Daphne Du Maurier, Patrick Ness and Stephen King.
Do you have any advice for new writers?
Don’t give up. If you want to be a writer, write as much as possible and write as often as possible. Learn by reading and re-reading your favourite authors, and ask your friends for feedback on your work.