About The Author
Joshua Winning was born in Cambridge, but don’t hold that against him. He’s attempted to escape reality for most of his life by writing. As a child, that involved poring diligently over anything by C.S. Lewis, Roald Dahl or Robin Jarvis, and attempting to come up with stories that were even half as good.
When he was 15, Joshua started writing his first ‘proper’ novel. That pile of pages slowly morphed into Sentinel. Almost 15 years, a film studies degree, and about five thousand cups of coffee later, he finally finished it, and Sentinel was released by Peridot Press in May 2014. Despite the fact that it involves big explosions and nasty demons, it turned out to be a surprisingly personal story.
Away from book writing, Joshua is Contributing Editor at Total Film magazine and also freelances for movieScope, Grolsch Film Works and Spirit & Destiny. When he’s not scribbling about Sentinels, he can usually be found watching Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Labyrinth or any of the Scream films (except the third one).
Joshua is currently working on the third and final book in The Sentinel Trilogy. He lives in North London with his two cats. They’re not great conversationalists, but he’s working on it.
Q&A With Joshua
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I was blissfully unaware for years! I started making up stories when I was a child, but I didn’t really set out to write something properly until I was around 13. Though the stories I’ve written since then have varied massively, I’ve always written fantasy and horror.
What’s the best thing about writing?
Escaping the real world, which can often be very confusing and 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 (San Diego, Berlin, Vancouver) 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 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, Alan Garner and Stephen King.
Do you have any advice for new writers?
Number one: 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.
Any hints what we can expect from the final book in The Sentinel Trilogy?
Well, all bets are off. Ruins set a lot of crazy things in motion and I’m really excited to finally tear the lid off the trilogy’s secrets. Trust me when I say it’s going to be big. Blockbuster big.