Alan Brown Interview

After all the excitement of the ECA cover competition, we’ve had chance to sit down with the author of Boy Soldier and Beyond to ask him a few questions. Here’s what was said. AlanBrown_Cropped_Web
    • What’s the books category / genre?
    • Adolensense / Military
    • Can you describe what the book is about?
    • Some of the characters, situations and anecdotes that happened during my Army service from the age of 15 through to 27.
    • Where do you do your writing?
    • At home
    • What led you to write this book?
    • The encouragement that I received from my fellow ex Junior Leaders on our website after I had put a few anecdotes online.
    • How long did it take you to write this book?
    • Including research and obtaining photographs – about 6 months.
    • How did you find/choose your publisher, Fledgling Press?
    • I was very fortuitous in that I was at an invitation only book reading by an old college lecturer and after showing him the outline of my book he introduced me to the CEO of his publisher.
    • What did you learn/surprised you most about the publishing process?
    • I used the punctuation mark ! far too liberally.
    • What would you have done differently given the chance?
    • Started writing a lot sooner.
    • Do you have a writer platform setup? Eg: Facebook, Twitter, blog etc
    • Not as yet.
    • What’s your best piece of advice for authors trying to break through?
    • Keep trying also – you are never too old to start.
    • Something personal about you that people may be surprised to know?
    • I was the person that was responsible for getting Boots to display ‘the male contraception sheath’ back in the mid 70’s when I worked for G.D. Serle & Co.
    • Favourite movie?
    • The Shawshank Redemption
    • Favourite music?
    • Queen
    • Any hobbies?
    • Collecting ‘First Day Covers’ which I have been doing for the last 50 years.

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Boy Soldier and Beyond will be available in eBook format from early March 2014. Come back to find out more about its release, or follow us on twitter to stay up to date @FledglingPress

Entry by Sara Ljeskovac

Cover by Sara Ljeskovac

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