I was born in a “dormitory town” called Reading, not famous for much, apart from a huge Rock festival, and for the fact that Oscar Wilde was sent to prison there and wrote “The Ballad of Reading Gaol”. My family then moved to a farm in the country, in Sussex, not too far from London. I was sent aged eight, to a boarding school, so I would spend long periods away from my family. Imagine having regular prison sentences, imposed upon you, as a child. At some of the schools I attended, there were psychotic teachers and cruel nasty children. I used to count the days when I could be reunited with my family. I became a recluse in the art room and painting was my salvation. I had a teacher who encouraged me to paint and introduced me to various artists, including Kandinsky. I went from austere harsh boarding schools to Art College, a very different environment. I moved to a remote village in Austria. It was not far from Vienna, but a very oppressive and strange environment. I thought I should try writing a book. I launched into it…nothing came of it. I do many creative activities, painting as well as writing music. Writing lay dormant, put to one side. Then later, living in Paris at this point in time, via an advert, I made contact with a man called Alan Clark, who had a literary magazine called “Rat Mort” (dead rat). I submitted four short stories for this magazine, encouraged by Alan, I began to write more and more short stories, and developed a style…When I am not writing, I am making music or some kind of other creative endeavor. I make videos that go with my music and have a Flight of Destiny youtube channel.
2. What made you decide to sit down and actually start something, writing a novel?
My book is called Flight of Destiny, it is 22 short stories. They are dark and surreal stories, often with a dramatic twist at the end of the story. They are full of quirky characters…oddballs, freaks, outsiders, as well as despicable characters, odious tyrants. They were described by one reviewer as being “a little Ray Bradbury, a little Stephen King, but with Powell’s own unique twists”. I think in this day and age they are unusual, they buck the trend. Why should readers buy my book…I think the characters I come up with. My range of language. My descriptiveness. The fact that each sentence is really considered.