It is a very special pleasure for me to welcome you back on ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest’. In your former visits we learned about your writing, your writing process and asked for some advice. But there are so many more questions to ask!
Let’s see what you can tell us today:
- Are you still writing in the same genre as you did before, and if not, why did you switch – or would you ever think to change genres?
I started writing action/adventure stories because they appeal to me as a reader but my most recent release was a historical fiction set in 1911 in Scotland. It follows the life of a young man forced to leave his home to live with a bachelor uncle. I also have a collection of short stories that include a variety of genres.
I enjoy historical fiction and am continuing with the series and am working on Vol, 2. But sticking with my original action/adventure genre, I also have a new Jo Naylor adventure series and book 2 is being launched mid-February. Book three of my Drake Alexander series will be published in the fall.
2. Please, tell us a little about your writing process.
I have a special spot in my converted garage. Formerly a workshop, I redesigned a specific area for my laptop and notes. I write almost every morning now that I am retired. I start early and write while it is quiet. I prefer silence when I write and I find I get distracted with music or other noises. I do my research as needed and have a trusty note pad as my side to keep track of my characters and events.
3. What is important to know for young, new authors and writers?
The one thing I might suggest, besides what every writer will tell you – to just write, is to decide before hand how you’re going to publish your story. It can be confusing to a new writer with so many options and everyone new to the industry needs to be warned of the con artists promising to publish your book when you pay them a lot of money. Talk to your author friends and get advice before you start looking for publishers. Get professional help – editors, beta readers and cover designers if you are considering self-publishing.
4. Your experience in the writing world, do you think it has already taken you where you wanted to go?
I like this question. My writing has taken me beyond any expectations I might’ve had when I started writing. I write as a hobby and it has been tremendously rewarding to see a following grow, people wanting to purchase and read my stories. Leaving uplifting reviews. To hear someone tell you how much they enjoyed your work is the greatest reward. I’m so appreciative of their support.
- Are any of your books part of a series?
Yes. I enjoy a series and have three on the go. The first is my Drake Alexander Adventures of which there are two books now and the third is in editing, due in the fall. I hope to continue this series as long as I have ideas and oddly enough, I have the last of the series already planned but not sure how many will appear before then.
My latest series is the Shattered series, Jo Naylor adventures. Book two – Shattered Lives – is out last week and number three is in development at present. The publication is targeted for January 2022. This is a planned series of five novellas. I decided on novellas because I wanted the action fast-paced and short fiction. It has been well received and I’m pleased with the outcome so far.
Prior to the release of Book two of the Naylor groups, I published a historical novel in 2020 – The Alexanders – which will also be part of a series. Volume 2 is also in the works. Hoping for publication in the summer or fall of 2022.
6. Please, tell us about your projects again. Was there progress since the last interview or are there even completely new projects?
There has been a lot of progress with my writing since my last visit to the Treasure Chest. In addition to my historical fiction – The Alexanders – as I mentioned above, I’ve since written the Jo Naylor series which I am excited about. It will be a series of five action packed novellas. The Shattered series. Book two, Shattered Lives is coming this month. I don’t have enough time to write all the stories in my head, but I’m working on it.
Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!
It is my absolute pleasure to be your guest, Aurora. I appreciate the opportunity to be here. Thank you.
Allan’s new book:
Jo Naylor is on the run. Wanted back in Canada for questioning regarding her father’s suicide. She has no intention of returning. With a new identity, she takes up temporary residence in a foreign country.
She may not be a detective any longer but once a cop, always a cop. A distraught woman pleads with Naylor to find her daughter. Should she help? She doesn’t know anyone in Thailand, doesn’t know the geography but that doesn’t stop Naylor from sticking her nose where it shouldn’t be.
Naylor and her new sidekick, an orphaned girl, join up with a local PI. There’s more than a missing child at stake.
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