Friday, May 26, 2017

The Fast Friday Indie Interviews: A.L.Butcher (Alexandra Butcher)

Tell me about yourself, Alexandra ?

Hi! And thank you for having me here. I’m a Brit, currently living in the Southwest of England but born in the Southeast. Erm… let’s see. I love reading, writing, animals and nature, history, mythology,  theatre, movies and gardening. Not all at once. Currently, I work full-time and don’t have nearly enough time or energy for writing all the stories bouncing around in my head begging to be told. I have people living in my head, and sometimes I wonder if there is room for me.

I’m creative yet cynical, I prefer animals to people.

Tell me about your current Book:

When confronted with a deadly bargain, Coel the bard must weigh the odds, and succeed or die.

Coel, the bard, thinks his life has taken a turn for the worst, but he hasn't met the Thiefmaster yet. An ill-conceived notion of earning more money to pay off his debt and escape a dark past leaves the minstrel in a situation he can't escape and with a deadly bargain. Will he survive his mistake? Who is this mysterious patron?

What are you working on now?

Many things😊 Another Tales of Erana novella, Book IV of the Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles, a short murder story, a Legacy of the Mask tale, and a mythic story.  I tend to work on several things at once, as I find it hard to focus on one thing. Which is probably why it takes me so long to finish anything!

Where is your favorite place to be when you write?

At my desk, in my conservatory, with the woods behind and my doggy next to me.

What is your favorite lesson you have learned about the business of writing?

I wouldn’t say it’s a ‘favourite’ but it’s true that success is relative. Most indies don’t sell a great deal, so writing for the money is a lost cause for most. Write because you can, you must and because you cannot not. Define  success in small goals – finishing a book on time (or at all),  having the courage to publish, making readers smile, or cry. In my case (and I have said this before in previous interviews) it was seeing my terminally ill mother smile when she saw my first novel in print. Despite everything when she found out I had a book she told EVERYONE, and I mean EVERYONE – neighbours, friends, family, carers, visitors. For a while, she was happy and proud, despite all the horribleness of cancer. Of course, it wasn’t a cure but it made her happy. That, to me, is success.
I never thought I’d have the energy to write what I’ve written, to summon up the courage to publish it, and that people would read it. Every step of that is a little success. Life is full of little successes.

What is your favorite Website?

Erm, Wikipedia, Mythic Scribes, I don’t know I look at a lot of websites. I don’t have a favourite.



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