Interview with Alan Roper

What do you read for pleasure?
I generally tend to read science fiction or fantasy horror, anything from Dennis Lehane's Shutter Island, Stephen King's Different Seasons or From a Buick 8, Benjamin Croshaw's Mogworld and Jam, or the Red Dwarf series, but being a child of the 90s, Harry Potter definitely fills a place in my heart. Arguably, my favourite book would be John Dies at the End by David Wong and John Cheese, but it's a close run thing.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I bought a pre-owned Kobo with a nice leather case from a shop in York last year, and I find it to be reliable, can store a decent library of books and does everything I need it to without any flashy extras.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote a few poems for a youth writing competition (prompted by my primary school) back around 1999 or 2000, and they both got selected and published. I decided to write my first story over a lunch break at university between lectures. My friend and I were waiting for a pool table, he was listening to music and I had left my MP3 player at home, so I grabbed a blank sheet of paper and began just writing for no reason. This continued for a few days and then BANG, a finished story.
Published 2014-09-21.
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