Did you support her Thunderclap? Yes? No? Well, she’s back anyway. She was already in Wyrd Worlds, but she’s also in Wyrd Worlds 2. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome back A.L. Butcher!
Where do you live and write from?
I live in Bristol, in the South West of the UK. It’s an historic city, John Cabot sailed from Bristol to America, Isambard Kingdom Brunel built bridges and railways here, and there has been a settlement in these parts since the Stone Age.
When did you start writing?
At school, same as everyone else…. Seriously though I assume you mean storytelling? I was always an imaginative child, I was the one writing the poem/short story for the school display or off somewhere in my own head. I’ve written poetry for as long as I can remember and stories almost as long. OK, a fair few were best not mentioned, but a fair few were worthy of note, even at school. This progressed to writing fan fic for Phantom of the Opera and adventures for games. Then onto novels and short stories. I think either you are a story teller or you aren’t. Learning the technical ins and outs – now that is another matter. An author can always learn something new.
What genre(s) do you write?
Fantasy, fantasy romance and erotica. I’ve mentioned the poetry and I occasionally dip into horror.
Where do you find your inspiration? Do you put yourself in your stories?
Everywhere. Books I’ve read, films I’ve seen, nature, people, other stories I’ve written. I think every writer puts him or herself into his or her own books, certainly fiction writers do. If you mean do I cast myself? Not on purpose.
Do you have a specific writing routine?
No. I have lots of folders of notes and half-ideas. I am far too chaotic for routine;)
Outliner or improviser? Fast or slow writer?
See number 5. I have vague outlines but they are just that – vague. I’ve tried to plan but they end up changing so now I just have notes and ideas, which work, or don’t. I do have someone I discuss ideas with and she tells me if they are stupid. I work full time so I only get to write in the evenings and weekends, assuming I am not too tired. If I am good and motivated I can usually write a short story in an afternoon but a novel – that is a totally different matter. It usually takes me about a year or more to write a novel. Is that fast or slow?
Tell us about your latest book
Wyrd Worlds II. It is an anthology produced by a collaboration of science fiction and fantasy authors from the Smashwords author group on Good Reads. As the name suggests it is the second we have done, and it is a lot of fun. It is free – which is a good way of spreading our names. Hopefully someone will read the book and decide to check out the authors’ other works. At least that is the plan.
What else? Now let me see. Also fairly recently Spectacular Tales with the Indie Collaboration – another free science fiction and fantasy collection offered for free.
Tales of Erana: Myths and Legends – audio book. – Tales of Erana is a collection of mythic style tales set in the world of my novels. The e-book was released a while ago but the audio book is new. It is great hearing such tales read like fireside wisdom and storytelling.
Indie publishing or traditional publishing – and why?
Indie. I like the freedom it brings. The deadlines and control of the book are mine. My books are generally a little outside mainstream as the novels contain a degree of erotica. Indie publishing allows for the more varied and outside mainstream books to be published. Of course there are downsides.
Any other projects in the pipeline?
Book III of the Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles is in progress, plus several short stories. There will be an erotica collection with a fellow author later in the year as well, we hope.
What is your goal as a writer and what are you doing to achieve it?
Finishing my series, and hopefully publishing a few more novels. I’d like be able to live from the writing, but for indies that is rare. What am I doing? I keep writing, Book III will be out soonish and I am planning book IV. I’d like to produce a roleplay game system for the world as well. That won’t be until most of the series is done, and I need to find an artist for that. I try and promote regularly, but that too has its pitfalls. The line between promotion and over-promotion is a thin one indeed. Networking has provided some great contacts and opportunities so, with luck, that will reap rewards.
The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles series – an adult fantasy/fantasy romance series, with a touch of erotica.
The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles – Book I
In a dark world where magic is illegal and elves are enslaved a young elven sorceress runs for her life from the house of her evil Keeper. Pursued by his men and the corrupt Order of Witch-Hunters she must find sanctuary. As the slavers roll across the lands stealing elves from what remains of their ancestral home the Witch-Hunters turn a blind eye to the tragedy and a story of power, love and a terrible revenge unfolds.
Available as an e-book in all the Amazon stores, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Sony and the Smashwords associate stores.
Also available as a paperback and Large Print on Createspace, Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
The Shining Citadel – The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles –Book II
Who rules in this game of intrigue where magic is forbidden and elves enslaved? Journey where beliefs shatter like glass, truth is unwelcome and monsters from ancient times abound: share the romance and revenge, magic and passion, and the wages of greed in a world of darkest fantasy.
Available as an e-book in all the Amazon Stores, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Sony and the Smashwords associate stores.
Available as a paperback on Amazon, Createspace and Barnes and Noble.
Tales of Erana: Myths and Legends
Wyrd Worlds II
The Indie Collaboration Presents: Tales from Darker Places
A. L. Butcher is the British author of the Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles series and several short stories in the fantasy and fantasy romance genre. She is an avid reader and creator of worlds, a poet and a dreamer. When she is grounded in the real world she likes science, natural history, history and monkeys. Her work has been described as ‘dark and gritty’