Interview with Alan R Wilson

Published 2019-10-21.
What is your writing process?
Sit down and type! I do something more physical in the morning (walking, shopping, fixing up the house) and most days I sit down to start writing around 2-3pm. This can continue until midnight with interruptions for snacks, dinner, procrastination and the occasional TV program or movie or night out with friends. I am definitely of the Ray Bradbury school of thought, "It would be boring if you knew where it was going," and my novels are not extensively plotted before I commence, Characters can suddenly emerge while I am writing (or walking, I carry a notebook) and I am relieved when I 'discover' the general form of the ending about three quarters of the way in. This might sound haphazard but I truly believe most of it is happening sub-consciously with my conscious mind let in on the plan only when it needs to know. At some point in a novel I generally draw up a timeline to ensure internal consistency and for the Anita Histories I now have a complete geographical sketch of the lands which evolved with the novels. After it is written the editing starts.
You write in two genres, how come, and under the same name?
I first started writing Science Fiction. While I was writing the third Anita book (‘Eagles’, finished in rough) the seed for a contemporary fiction novel popped into my mind. It continued to pop into my mind and flesh itself out, so I took notes and wrote small sections of it while finishing ‘Eagles’. It wanted to be written and out of this ‘Sarah’ was born, but not only ‘Sarah’. I have a rough finished version of an ‘alternative history’ based on ‘Sarah’. I suspect I will continue to write in the two genres.
Hopefully being under the same name is not a problem, the descriptions (and tags) of the novels makes it obvious. Also, I will retain distinctive covers for the two genres.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first 'proper' story I wrote was in early secondary school. I recall it was about conquistadors in South America who were plagued by demons - disease induced hallucinations. I also recall it was inspired by something I had read but cannot remember what it was. I do remember my English teacher liked it.
What do you read for pleasure?
New short stories, generally SF or fantasy, the occasional novel and I really like a good biography. The latest one I read was on Milton (the English Milton of the Commonwealth years). However I have discovered I am reading less after retiring because now I do not have the time on the train/bus and my evenings tend to be taken up with my own work, writing and editing.
Describe your desk
Cluttered. I work on a table in the living room so sometimes I have to clear everything off however it still manages to become cluttered very quickly. In front of me is my main work engine, a 17" laptop. To the left and behind this is the Raspberry Pi monitor with the RPi strapped on the back and a decent DAC connected to my 'alright' headphones. The associated keyboard floats around and where the power plugs into the laptop a black and white miniature of a friendly cat sits looking at me. To the right is a tray with all sorts of junk on it (cables, gloves, measuring tape, microphone, sunglasses ...) then there is a collection of pens, my notebook (paper), mobile, spare glasses, keys ... you get the picture. Oh, and my coffee cup with a jumping sheep on it.
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Books by This Author

Awakening
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 214,340. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Anita retires for a short time but there is a mistake. She ‘awakes’ to a wondrous time when the siege of Darham and the overthrow of the Servants of The Bear are ancient history. However, Biofree, the ancient war machine is stirring in response to the advances in technology she perceives as a threat and is further triggered by Anita’s re-emergence threatening the death of millions.
Eagles
Series: Anita Histories. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 224,710. Language: Australian English. Published: February 5, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Anita raises Vanessa, the child she found after the fateful battle for Darham, and assumes the life of an herbalist. An old friend’s death and a person from the past starts a chain of events which uncover secrets and restore Anita’s hidden memories. She heads north to reaffirm old friends, Vanessa heads south where she shows her true character. They later join forces to confront their old nemesis.
Five Words
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 107,730. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Steven’s and Sarah’s story if ‘Steven’s short story in ‘Sarah’ was ‘The Day That Was’. A disapproving father attempts to separate them by sending her to Oxford. Steven follows but they run afoul of the man her father wants to ‘sweep her off her feet’. Still together 43 years later Sarah rattles the ‘establishment’. The reaction is to try to force her to resign but she takes the battle to them.
Betrayals
Series: Anita Histories. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 160,070. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Anita consolidates her claim on the Pality of Darham and continues to discover her abilities. The enmity of the Servants of The Bear increases and they make numerous attempts to thwart her. She is betrayed by one she suspects, one she does not but should and worst, by herself. The resulting conflict pushes Anita to an extreme she might never return from and awakens a power from a long lost age.
Sarah
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 116,370. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Sarah is a successful, top-level public servant married to Greg, a highly successful barrister and QC. To all appearances she has an idyllic life. Greg wants fresh challenges and blithely assumes Sarah will throw her support behind him. She refuses, old history surfaces and combined with the death of her dog and a chance encounter which stirs old emotions it all starts to unravel.
Anita
Series: Anita Histories. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 207,200. Language: Australian English. Published: August 7, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Anita lives in a time of sword and bow 1500 years after humanity nearly died. She exchanges her solitary life for one among other people to discover she and her horse are unique, but acquires some powerful enemies in the process. She must discover her own potential and with a group of animal and human friends elude the Servants of the Bear and their followers and fight for her true position.