Spotlight on Alex Hunter – Interview with Author of the Game Over series

There’s some mystery here today, with my guest. As you may see, we don’t have a bio picture, and all I can say is that this person is really sweet and creative. We met on Twitter, and cheered each other to finish our books.

I’m truly happy to present you today to Alex Hunter, and the Game Over series.

So, let’s learn more about Alex!

Please, tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Alex Hunter. I have always lived in Wales, in the UK and I have always wanted to be a writer.
This is the first time I have finished a book from the first word to THE END.
And it is the best feeling ever – except for maybe holding my finished book in my hands.
I tried to get an agent for a couple of months and had a few come back with a ‘no’ – some don’t even bother with that!
But I found it to be quite a miserable and frustrating process that seems to take forever. I remember being so excited every time I got an email or phone call in case it was an agent getting in touch with a yes. It never was though.
In the meantime I’d stopped writing while I waiting for my ship to come in!
But in March of this year, 2012, I just decided to do it myself! With a little bit of help. I found a local editor and asked a friend who’s a graphic designer to do my covers and my illustrations. And then I got to work!

How long have you been writing?

I have been writing since I was about eight. I have probably started more than a hundred books, but never finished any. I was full of good ideas but not so good on the execution.

Do you remember the first story you wrote?

I remember watching Byker Grove (A UK kid’s programme set in Newcastle about a youth club) and writing my own version. Not very well.

Can you tell us two eccentricities about yourselves?

I bite my own toenails.
And I can turn my eyelids inside out.

What was the best thing you’ve ever heard (or read) from a reader?

I wrote GAME OVER to help get my son, who is 8, to enjoy reading. When he read it and said it was brilliant that made my day

Do you have a good Indie author to recommend?

I write more than I read at the moment, trying to spend every moment writing, so my reading has taken a back seat – which is sad because I love to read.

Who inspired and/or supported you to become a writer?

I have always wanted to write because I have always enjoyed reading. I will read any writer and any genre.
My whole family supports and believes in me, which is great.

Do you have a WIP (Working in progress)? If so, can you tell us a little about it?

At the moment I am only working on GAME OVER (because I do tend to get distracted easily!). This set of four books is called The Knight’s Castle. The next four will be The Pirate’s Island and then the next will be something about aliens.
Book One is available now, Book Two is ready to go to print, Book Three is about to go to the editors – my awesome editor Chrissie Collier – and Book Four is more than half written.

What is your favorite of your books? Why?

My favourite is the first of this series, because it’s the first time I’ve seen a book through from start to finish, through editing and illustrating – thanks to my amazing illustrator and cover artist Jen Rew – to a finished book I can hold in my hand.

What is your favorite of your characters? Why?

I have two – Sam and Corey because they are named after my sons!

Do you like to interact online? What’s your favorite social media?

I’m getting better at it!
Twitter is my favourite. It annoys me that my responses can only be so long, but the help that I have received – like this interview, for example – are priceless. If I ask about reviewers or formatting or marketing someone on there has the answer.

How do you feel about marketing your books?

This is a funny one.
When I dreamed of being a writer I always assumed I would have a traditional publisher and wouldn’t have to think about this, but I am finding that I quite enjoy the challenge of getting my book out there.
At the moment twitter and face book are my friends!
But I have also been invited to speak in schools and plan to ask if I can do the same in libraries.
I have made bumper stickers and posters to place in children’s play centres. I’m trying to think where parents go so that I can attack them with some form of advertising.
It’s the hardest bit of self publishing – and I’m sure others would agree.

Please, give us all your links – where can your readers find you and your books?

Okay so my website is www.gameoverbooks.com and all the info needed is on there!

On Amazon: http://amzn.to/T7CZ7v

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Alex!

(May I say I’m really impressed and a little disturbed by your eccentricities? O.O)

And readers, don’t go anywhere! Stay tuned for next interview.

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Spotlight on David Prosser – Interview with Author of the Barsetshire Diaries series

It’s really a pleasure to have this funny and elegant author here. David Prosser born 1951 worked for many years as a Local Government Officer before taking early retirement due to health problems. Finding it difficult to talk to people as a result of the illness he found himself in the situation of being housebound most of the time. In an effort to prove to himself he still had a value he started The Buthidars which is an all denomination, all color, all creed group determined to better the world by Hugging.

The next step was to remind the world of Edwardian style and beg the designers to recreate it in exchange for clothing that displays too much of next weeks washing. Let’s dress with some dignity!

Often heard are the words, life begins at 40. David is trying to show that life can get a kick-start at 60 too. He chose this age to sit and write his first novel, My Barchester Diary, a fictional look at the life of the gentry.  Currently under consideration is a fourth book, the next in a line of books he hopes will entertain and make him rich !

So, let’s learn more about him!

Please, tell us a little about yourself.

Hello Renata, thanks for having me. I’m David (M F ) Prosser though I don’t use the initials on my books as there wouldn’t be any space left for the design. I’m the Lord of Bouldnor an hereditary Manorial title lost in the mists of time, well the 1400’s anyway. I was born in Germany when my parents were posted there ( not in the mail of course ) but have lived in North Wales for a long time. My father was Welsh and I consider myself to be so.

My journey as a writer has been short since I only started writing at age 60 after someone asked me how my day had been and I responded in the form of a diary entry that supposedly had her in stitches. She asked for more…….and more……..

This cover was kindly designed by another author and friend http://ililarbel.weebly.com

Book 2 which is also in diary form is a prequel telling of the days between gaining his title and now, when he performed the duties of an unofficial envoy to Her Majesty. I’m afraid I undertook the cover design for the paperback but a kind lady, author Patti Roberts did the design for the ebook. The imaginatively titled ‘More Barsetshire Diary’ is a part sequel to book 1 in which the reader gets up to date with the attempt by the Dreaded Edna to get herself elected as Councillor with Lord David’s help. He also gets volunteered to help raise funds to save the childhood home of Diana The Dowager Duchess of Cheam, or Triple D as he call her, though not to her face.

The Cover for this book and for each of the chapters was a very talented young artist called Sara Japanwalla www.sarajapanwalla.com The cartoons are fantastic.

How long have you been writing?

This morning about 4 hours since I’ve had lots of emails…oops, you mean WRITING. Well, properly since I was 60 which was 2011 but it was about the July I started and couldn’t seem to stop. Though of course I’m sure I remember writing stories for myself when young and some to read my daughter when she was much younger.

Do you remember the first story you wrote?

I’m afraid not though I’m pretty sure it involved Brer Rabbit. I do remember there was a problem getting the dinosaurs to sit still while I read it.

Can you tell us two eccentricities about yourselves?

What, who’s been talking?????? I suspect that I could be considered eccentric because I tend to wear a lot of waistcoats (vests for my U.S. Cousins) in lots of colours and perhaps also because I like to wear a frock coat as often as possible. Usually black but sometimes brown. I think we’ve lost elegance these days and I’m doing my bit to encourage it back.

What was the best thing you’ve ever heard (or read) from a reader?

I bought something from ebay which necessitated me sending a message to the seller. He responded with the answer and then tagged on ” Are you the same David Prosser that wrote My Barsetshire Diary. My wife was laughing so much at it I pinched it off her. It was hilarious?” I was amazed that out of the millions of users I’d found the person I sold the book too. (Joking, I have sold more than one and I’m looking for the other person now).

Do you have a good Indie author to recommend?

That’s really hard as there are so many good ones out there and of course in different genres. But…

Not your run of the mill Romance stories- Collette Scott http://www.collettescott.com/

Christian Paranormal- The G6 Chronicles – Daniel L Carter http://g6chronicles.com

Thrillers. The Tom Gray series – Alan McDermott http://amzn.to/AyDk8S

Who inspired and/or supported you to become a writer?

I think pushed into describes it better than inspired, but support was given by Ilil Arbel who continued to convince me it was worthwhile as I sent each new chapter and of course my wonderful wife who laughed in bed every night, even when I gave her the book.

Do you have a WIP (Working in progress)? If so, can you tell us a little about it?

For a moment then I thought you knew about my secret dungeon. I started the fourth book last August under the working title, More Queen’s Envoy ( no-one’s ever going to say I lack imagination are they?)but my wife was diagnose with terminal cancer that month and I haven’t written since.

What is your favorite of your books? Why?

The Queen’s Envoy is favourite because I had fun writing it. I allowed myself to be the poor man’s James Bond who could still solve the problem. It was the side issues where I’m faced with women that made me laugh as I had to confess my naivety.

What is your favorite of your characters? Why?

Since I’m the main character it would be wrong to say me. But I’m going to anyway because he’s much more stoic than I am and I think I’d like me to be the me that the me there is.

Do you like to interact online? What’s your favorite social media?

Gone are the days when I could sit down and interact on Facebook. Since Indie publishers are bound to do their own publicity and promotion I spend an inordinate amount of time tied to my chair and with upward of 300 messages a day I have no time any more for being social. Of course when I’ve made my first million and can relax a bit and hire a secretary perhaps the old times will reappear. If anyone wants to buy a million books to fill a library just get in touch…

How do you feel about marketing your books?

It’s chore, it’s a bind but it’s a necessity if I’m to sell any. Even those people lucky enough to sign with a mainstream publisher these days find it’s not optional.

Please, give us all your links – where can your readers find you and your books?

barsetshirediaries.wordpress.com

http://www.amazon.com/Lord-David-Prosser/e/B004I7CFTU/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1348304316&sr=1-2-ent

http://www.amazon.com/Queens-Envoy-Barsetshire-Diaries-ebook/dp/B0054GP52S/ref=sr_1_1_title_1_kin?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1348304424&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Queen%27s+Envoy

 http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/LordDavid

@davidmprosser

Many thanks for the visit Renata and for letting me ramble on. You’ll show yourself out won’t you. Can I just check your handbag for my silverware. Can’t be too careful these days.

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, David! (I told you he was funny! Tell me this interview didn’t put a smile in your face–I dare you! 🙂 You sure need to read his books!)

And readers, don’t go anywhere! Stay tuned for next interview.

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