Interview with L R Buxton

What's the story behind your latest book?
Well the original setting stems from my time in Southampton, when I went down to study for my degree. I grew a lot as a person, but the series "Mandy And The Missing" is based on my experiences in the first year in particular - staying in a hall of residence on-site, and the various changes one experiences at such a time in life.

The 'invisible' plotline is something slightly different from some of the vampire-related sources which helped inspire me - such as Buffy, Angel and the Ultraviolet TV series. Although that might be slightly unfair (as the Joss Whedon shows in particular were a bit broader than that) I didn't want to just do a vampire or zombie-related idea, and wanted to come up with something slightly different. I also wanted the 'affliction' of the Missing to match the feelings of alienation and isolation which the less extrovert people would feel on going to college, and being away from the people they had known all their lives.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I didn't want to have an idea knocked back repeatedly, and I feel I am happy to promote my own book. In this day and age, where the internet gives people the chance to get their voices heard, I was motivated to complete this idea and get it out there because it's actually possible now - a few years ago people felt their book would not get accepted by the right publisher or agent.

It's also the idea of getting themes into each of my books - the theme for this book extends to the front cover and in some of the images within - it's to do with birth and making new starts, finding oneself. Future books in the series will have different themes - what are they? We'll have to see!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has given me a chance to have my voice heard. It's given me the confidence to get the work out there, not just as a pipe dream. I'm looking forward to seeing how the book does and to entertaining people with it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I like the idea of articulating themes and getting them into the books, giving each one its own character. I feel it's good when the book, film or TV series you're enjoying can speak on more than one level, and that's why I'm trying to do with the "Mandy And The Missing" series.

It's also good to get your past experiences in print, or on screen. I think these experiences make every writer unique, and should be allowed to colour one's work.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans would mean a big amount - I try to support others in their endeavours where I can. I always appreciate people's support and those who finish things, not just start them, and take a risk in putting it out there.
What are you working on next?
The next project I'm working on is the second "Mandy And The Missing" book. The working title is "A Deadly Deception". It's going to focus on a different theme - those who've read this interview may work out what it is! I'm enjoying the change in angle.
Who are your favorite authors?
I like the novels of JRR Tolkien, Spike Milligan, Tom Sharpe, Fritz Leiber, George Macdonald Fraser. Shakespeare, Marlowe, Webster and Neil Simon are among my favourite playwrights.

I like rock biographies (of the likes of David Bowie, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Marc Bolan, the Stones), as well as political memoirs (by the likes of Major, Mandelson, Thatcher, Alistair Campbell), football tales (by Harry Redknapp, Graeme Souness, Jamie Carragher and Barry Fry) and biographies of comic actors such as the Monty Python guys, Terry Thomas, Peter Sellers and the Kray Twins.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Meeting inspiring people, hearing how people motivate themselves and help others, and enjoying sharing anecdotes.

Each new day is a new opportunity - refreshed and inspired you can achieve what you wish, if one has the right mindset.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Watching or attending motorsport, looking at Liverpool FC's results or forays in the transfer market, going out for a meal, having a social drink, attending literary festivals or going to a LibDem function. We have started the fightback after the 2015 election!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I look for the themes that may interest me and might be similar to something I might have written. I try and see if the cover matches up to the blurb, too.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was about a superhero who was also a snail - hence his preferred title "Super Snail". He went up against the villainous "Super Spider", and my schoolfriends and I seemed to come up with adventure after adventure for him. A long time ago, but still a vivid memory!
Published 2015-06-28.
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Books by This Author

24 Heures Du Mans : The Post War Years
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,830. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Motor sports
This is a history of the Le Mans 24 Hours race which is held annually for cars in mid-June. There's an introduction to set the scene and give a flavour of the experience I've felt first-hand, a full report on all races held since WWII up to and including 2018's, and finally a chapter on all the overall winning manufacturers. This should be a detailed and entertaining read for any motorsport fan.
Life In Brexit Britain
Price: Free! Words: 9,400. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire, Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » World politics
A population divided over Brexit? The high street in decline? People with their faces glued to their phones? Nothing new in the cinema? If any or all of these issues have caused you concern recently then you've come to the right book! A collection of articles on these topics and more, Life In Brexit Britain cuts to the chase. It's witty, opinionated and most importantly free of charge!
The Idol
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Mandy And The Missing : A Deadly Deception
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,340. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
The second in a series of psychological thrillers for young & old adults, "Mandy And The Missing : A Deadly Deception" sees our heroine Mandy Murray attempt to help her fellow students, after discovering how the locals can now turn invisible. But she is in danger of falling foul of her nemesis Jennyfer's manipulation of an idealistic & introverted musician, putting her life at huge risk...
Mandy And The Missing: Ascent Of The Absent.
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