Today I have an interview with Andrew P. Weston. His book was in April and has received several great ratings.
Why did you decide to write a novel?
“They say” there’s a novel in everyone. Mine was waiting to get out for a long time. I’d served in the military and police force for a number of years, witnessing and dealing with things people normally only ever get to see on TV or in films, or read about. Once I’d retired, I thought – why not write about these experiences in a way that’s combined with my favorite genres, (Fantasy/Paranormal/Thriller’s)? I know the subjects, I know what I like – (because I’ve never, ever forced myself to read something I didn’t like) – so I thought, why not try to write something that I would ‘love’ to read myself? So many just talk about it. I decided to do it! And I’m glad I did, I love creating things and coming up with new concepts.
What do you think makes your book stand out in today’s market?
Let’s be honest, you will be aware that most of the paranormal fantasy available nowadays ranges between two common poles. At one end are tales involving witches and wizards, and so forth, while at the other “urban” end are the popular tales about vampires and werewolves. Books with a fresh approach to fantasy are sadly lacking, and that is why I feel my story will be a refreshing addition to the bookshelves. It doesn’t involve schools for witchcraft and wizardry, neither are there covens of vampires or demons involved. If I were to sum up my concept using a simple “blurb” of one sentence, I would say, “Death Never Looked So Good.” It’s a gritty, down to earth, murder mystery with great humor and ballistic sex added to a fast paced and compulsive recipe. Once you start, you won’t want to put it down.
Do you have any must-haves while you are writing?
Certainly – peace and quiet are a must! As is an endless supply of strong coffee! (Black, no sugar – ‘huge’ mug. Thank you!)
What kind of books do you read in your spare time? Do you read the same genre that you write?
In my spare time I follow books by Raymond E Feist, Trudy Canavan, and Stephen R Donaldson. I’m currently reading “The Hunger Games Trilogy”.
Can you tell us anything about what you are currently working on?
I have a number of current works in progress. The first is book 3 of the Guardian Series, entitled, “Fallen Angels”. However, as I have time on my side (“Guardian Angels” is due to be published August 2012 – and “Guardians” is still under assessment – If successful, this obviously means it wouldn’t be due for publication until 2013.) So I can devote my time to other, more immediate projects.
I have submitted a couple of short stories to Ruby Lioness Press for inclusion in Anthologies. One, I know, has been accepted – “Love Bite” a paranormal thriller, while my first attempt at a love story/romance, “A fresh Start”, is under consideration. I really enjoyed concentrating on that one as it focused me in an entirely different way. So – fingers crossed.
I am also working on a sequel to a previous short story…But you’ll have to wait and see what that is. Its great fun and I want to ensure I get it right.
AND – I’m putting a few details together regarding a project I’ll start next year for another short story – combining a real life historical mystery with time travel!
However, my main focus is on developing another new concept Ruby Lioness Press is keen to see, a paranormal erotic thriller series, “The Cambion Journals”. Book 1, “The Rage of Augustus” is about 1/3 completed. Its current, it’s fresh and should hopefully prove very popular as I’m developing it in a way that you can’t help but get caught up in Augustus’ feelings as he pursues a bitter enemy across the centuries and around the world.
What is one novel book that you would recommend?
Definitely Lord Fouls Bane by Stephen Donaldson! It’s refreshing to have an antitypical hero who makes you want to kick him up the backside. A fantastic concept too that set the benchmark after Tolkien
A curiosity you would like to share.
I’ve always wondered. When you enter a darkened room and switch on the light, where does the light actually go? Does it hide under the couch? In the corners? Where does it go?
I fly a lot in my dreams. They are very lucid, full of sensation and I love them!
Being unable to save my children if they’re in trouble/danger.
Magician – Raymond E Feist.
Evanescence – Pink – Snow Patrol – One Republic – Enya.
“We are Spartans. Arooh, arooh, arooh!”
Andrew P Weston
For the third year running, a ritualistic serial killer has struck again in the week leading up to Halloween, leaving a gruesome and bloody trail in his wake.
It’s the same every year. One murder every day, until his quotient of seven has been reached. Butchery doesn’t begin to describe what happens to those who he gets his hands on. Then the killer vanishes – only to return twelve months later as merciless as ever.
When he does resurface, he appears to strike randomly and at will. It cannot be established exactly how the killer selects his victims, or why. As such, the detective leading the case is no closer to discovering the identity of the ruthless predator than he was when the slayings began.
It’s only when the detective gets an unexpected break that things get interesting…
Andrew P Weston was born in the city of Birmingham, in the UK, and grew up in the towns of Bearwood and Edgebaston, eventually attending Holly Lodge Grammar School for Boys where he was School Captain and Head Boy.
He was an active sportsperson for the school and a number of rugby,
swimming, martial art and athletics teams throughout the city.
On graduation in 1977, he became a member of the Royal Marines and
served in a number of roles both in the UK and abroad.
ln 1985 he joined the Devon & Cornwall Constabulary, serving as a police
officer in a variety of uniformed and plain clothes departments until his retirement in 2008.
Over those years, he wrote and illustrated a number of private books for his children regarding the life of a tiny kitten entitled, "The Adventures of Willy Whiskers", gained further qualifications in Law and Religious Studies, was an active member of Mensa, and continued to be an active sportsman and
instructor, providing lessons free of charge to various local communities.
An unfortunate injury received on duty meant Andrew had to retire early, but, after moving to the sunny Greek island of Kos to help speed his recuperation, he was at last able to spend time developing the "Guardian Concept” he had formulated over his years in the military and police services.
When not writing, Andrew devotes his time to Greek dancing and language lessons, feeding his cats, and
can be seen most evenings hunting shadows in the dark. He hasn’t managed to catch any yet, but is sure
he came close on two occasions.