Interview with Andy Hallam

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
In Sunningdale, Berkshire, England. It was very leafy and green and pleasant. I went to a small Church of England school up to the age of eight, it was very strict but a good start. We used to go walking on the heathland around the famous Sunningdale golf course, I guess that's where I first got interested in the game. Despite leaving that area at a young age I still think of it as my home.
When did you first start writing?
Apart from school, I tried a bit of poetry around my late twenties, it was self indulgent and not very good. Joe Slice came about a couple of years ago after a friend of mine had a idea to write a story about a golf pro. He couldn't get it started so I said I'd have a go. Golden Eagle is my first novel.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Joe Slice - Golden Eagle is about a golf professional who has lost his way somewhat. He's falling down the rankings and losing interest in the game he once loved. He and his world weary Scottish caddie Billy, find themselves getting involved with an old friend who has a little secret, something that could make him rich beyond reason. Unfortunately there's a rival who wants to take it from him. Joe and Billy get dragged into the action which threatens to shorten both their lives.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I find it hard work, particularly at the start of a novel. As it stands now I've almost completed my second book. It feels very satisfying to be a bit ahead of the game right now.
What are you working on next?
The second Joe Slice book. It's called 'The Scottish Play'.
Who are your favorite authors?
Thomas Hardy, John Wyndham, Ray Bradbury, John Steinbeck...
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My cats demanding to get fed , go out, etc. etc...
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I play a bit of golf with a few friends, I'm kind of a born again golfer having not played for many years. I can get it round okay on a good day. By profession I'm a photographer and I still do a bit to keep my hand in.
What is your writing process?
Haphazard then panic...
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Probably first real book, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, I fancied the evil witch.
How do you approach cover design?
As a working visual artist, I try and keep it simple.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Far from the Madding Crowd...just Brilliant ... The Silver Locusts...great imagination...The Day of the Triffids...scary and disturbing...The Wind in the Willows... always makes me cry...On Her Majesties Secret Service...the best of Bond.
Describe your desk
Not so much a desk as a minor war zone.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Published 2014-12-10.
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Books by This Author

Joe Slice 'The Scottish Play'
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 79,700. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Joe Slice swings back into action in his second starring role. A tale of action and adventure against the backdrop of the glorious Scottish golfing East coast, where Joe is offered the chance of a steady job at a billionaires luxury resort only to find himself fighting for his life in an ever spiralling tale of drug dealing and hatred that takes the golfer closer to death than ever before.
Joe Slice - Golden Eagle
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 96,990. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Joe Slice has a slight problem. He's a professional golfer but he doesn't really like golf any more. He prefers drinking, gambling and women. He's missed the cut again and looking for another distraction from the harsh reality of his fading career. Billy, his world weary caddie, knows only too well that his friend and colleague is heading for trouble, big trouble.