Interview with Alex Brantham

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and spent my early years in north London and, although I've moved around quite a bit over the years, I've spent most of my life within striking distance of the place. The great thing about London is that "all human life is there" ... there's just so much material to work with, why would I want to be, or write about, anywhere else?
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first recognisable stories when I was about seven, in an exercise book that my parents proudly showed off to anyone that would listen. Long since lost, fortunately. And I've carried on more or less continuously since then, though there were long periods of my working career when I only got to write non-fiction. At least, it was meant to be non-fiction - my customers might have thought otherwise.

I turned a major corner when I was able to step away from the corporate rat race in 2009, and now manage my own time entirely. This has freed me up to spend serious amounts of time on writing - first focussed on learning, now on producing.
Describe your desk
I treated myself to a new desk (and chair!) a few years ago, and haven't regretted it. It's a place I can feel very comfortable, whether I'm bashing out the words of my next story or checking the news. It's dominated by a large computer screen which sits squarely between me and the door to the room - so that anyone daring to interrupt can't sneak up on me from behind!

Next to the big screen there's a little one - you can never have too many screens. And the desk itself has far too many scraps of paper on it. I keep telling myself I should tidy up, but somehow find I just can't work if it's too clean.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, One Equal Temper, is set behind the scenes at the London 2012 Olympics. My protagonist and many of the supporting characters are volunteers there - as I was myself. I spent several weeks that summer doing all sorts of fun things, which inspired the events in my novel. Of course, mine is a work of fiction and any similarity blah blah...

But it occurred to me that the Olympic Village would make the perfect setting for a novel in just about any genre you could imagine: murder/mystery, spy/thriller, aliens, zombies, you name it. All in one story, even! In the end I settled for a straightforward romantic comedy.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Backache.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading. Sleeping. Walking. Cooking. Surfing (the electronic variety, not the watery kind).
What are you working on next?
That would be telling! I have the first draft of something completely different in the bag already, but I think that's going to need a lot of (a) thinking about and (b) work so that's likely to stay on the back burner for a while. I'm just starting to sketch out the ideas for what I hope will be my next novel, but it's too early to say much about it yet. In the meantime I keep writing short stories, mainly of the flash variety, which can be found on my web site from time to time.
Published 2014-03-01.
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Books by This Author

One Equal Temper
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,380. Language: British English. Published: February 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
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How long should you wait for the girl of your dreams to return? Graham Frost, a thirty-something lecturer, is wondering if seven years is too long. It’s 2012, and the Olympics are coming to London. Graham volunteers as a Games Maker and meets the feisty Karen, but then everything goes wrong. Can Graham get to grips with all of the idiots in the world, including himself, and make sense of his life?