So sorry! I got a late start this week. The author spotlights are a bit out of whack, but here is my interview with Alex R. Carver the author of the Inspector Stone Series!
Thank you for this interview! I’d like to know more about you as a person first. What do you do when you’re not writing?
I like to play games on my computer and puzzles from the paper, that’s how I spend most of my spare time, but I used to be a golfer, and would like to take it up again.
When did you start writing?
The first time I wrote anything was when I was ten, it was a creative writing assignment for English class, I wrote a children’s adventure story that was reminiscent of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five series; I’ve been writing off and on ever since.
As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?
Amazon’s introduction of the KDP platform, hands down. When KDP was established it gave an avenue for authors like me, who either couldn’t or wouldn’t publish through the established publishing houses, to get their books into the hands of the reading public.
If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?
I would love to go back to Egypt and write there, I’ve been in a boat that went past the hotel where Agatha Christie wrote Death On The Nile; it would be wonderful to take the same room and write a book where she did.
If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?
Sleep, I have difficulty sleeping and often only get 4 or 5 hours, if there was an extra 4 hours in the day I could get a solid 6 to 8 hours, who knows what I could accomplish then.
Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?
Just as I’d like to go back to Egypt to write a book there, I’d like to set a book in Egypt, perhaps even an historical story to take advantage of my love of mythology.
Back to your present book, Where There’s A Will, how did you publish it?
After many hours of hard work I released the 1st book in my Inspector Stone series through KDP, I chose to make it exclusive for the time being to take advantage of the marketing opportunities through Select, and I also published my paperback through Createspace.
In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?
Fortunately, I didn’t have to travel anywhere, I was able to do all of my research online. I say fortunately, but it might have been nice to have to go somewhere to do some research.
Why was writing Where There’s A Will so important to you?
The idea got into my head and wouldn’t leave me alone, the same as all my stories; the only way to get it out of my head was to sit down and write it. Of course, once I did that, another story took its place and insisted on being written.
Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?
I don’t think I have anywhere that produces my best ideas, they come at me from all directions, and at all times of the day and night.
What are you currently working on? Do you have any new projects released in the coming months? If so, tell us about them.
I have a serial killer thriller, Written In Blood, currently available for pre-order, the official release date is April 1st, it’s about a small English village being terrorised by a series of rapes and murders – it’s not for the easily upset, though I have shied away from depicting any of the actual murders, they occur off-screen, so to speak.
These are the super fun get to know the author questions. This? or That?
Q: Winter or Summer?
Q: Salad or Soup?
Q: Bath or Shower?
Q: Coffee or Soda?
Q: Receive Chocolate or Flowers for a gift?
Twitter link – https://twitter.com/arcarver87
Goodreads link – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15944488.Alex_R_Carver
Amazon link to your book or author’s page. – https://www.amazon.com/Alex-R-Carver/e/B01MATQCGL/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1