Interview with A.D. English

Published 2014-01-06.
How do you approach cover design?
I'm acutely aware of my graphic art limitations and only try to suggest the flavour of the book.
What do you read for pleasure?
I have a taste for pre-war detective fiction and also enjoy history, especially military history.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use an android tablet.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Publicity on specialist web sites.
Describe your desk
It's the kitchen table!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
London. But I'm not sure that influenced my writing other than providing some backgrounds.
When did you first start writing?
As a child. School magazine, that sort of thing.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I guess my subject matter is not mainstream.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Not a lot, it's a minority channel, but every sale is an encouraging success.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I can pull the threads together.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. There's no point to writing without readers.
Who are your favorite authors?
John Dickson Carr in fiction, Alan Clarke in military history.
What is your writing process?
I don't write in a linear way from start to finish. When I have the beginning and end, established where the story is going to, I write sections in-between.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I'm not certain about the very first. The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe made a vivid impression on me as a child, and then I went through a Biggles phase, I read them all.
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Books by This Author

The Arcadia Experience
Series: Arcadia, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 26,150. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Adventure
When government employee Duncan sees a tourist trip to the slave state of Arcadia advertised, he persuades his fiancée Jane it will be the holiday of a lifetime. Seeing women worked under the lash, Duncan loves Arcadia, but Jane suspects the tour is not what it seems. Then tourists start to disappear, and both realise they are in for a whole new experience. Book Three of the Arcadia series
The Arcadians
Series: Arcadia, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 122,230. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
In the tiny state of Arcadia the institution of slavery is preserved and ferociously defended. Escaped slave woman Ronnie agrees to return there as an agent for the anti-slavery resistance. Already scarred by the whip, she knows exactly what she is risking, but after being sold to a sugar farmer her life takes an unexpected turn, and all her beliefs are challenged by events.
Series: Arcadia, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 155,460. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
"Look at this girl. She was born on a farm not far from here, bred from a slave to be a slave. All she knows is work and the lash, and nothing else." In the dark age of chaos and hunger that follows the destruction of technological civilisation, slavery has risen again.