Interview with Randal J. Junior

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I spent the early years of my life in the wine-growing region of South Australia then did my high school in Far North Queensland. My first book was set in a South Australian farming community and this was a way to revisit my past and also to explore what might have been, for better or worse.
When did you first start writing?
I liked writing stories from a very young age but my teenage years were frustrated by a complete inability to write; I began writing my first serious work of fiction in about 2005 at the age of 27.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It is a work of historical fiction based on the life of a Saxon rebel who fought a losing battle against the French invaders from Normandy. The Danes/Vikings were no longer pagans but still had strong ties to the English throne and actually contested the battle for the English crown when Edward the Confessor died without leaving an heir to the throne.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My style of writing is not an easy fit with the conventional publishing industry and I find my energy is better spent creatively rather than banging my head against the brick wall of rejection letters from publishers.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has enabled me to see my books as the finished products that they should be and allowed me to improve them where necessary. I'm sure another self-publishing site could have done the same but Mark Coker has done a great job of making the platform professional and user-friendly at the same time.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing the characters come to life on the screen of my imagination is the greatest joy of writing. They never cease to surprise me and I love going on an adventure with them to a completely different time and place.
What do your fans mean to you?
I'm not sure if I have any! But I am deeply grateful to anyone who takes the time to read my books and I hope I can take them on the same adventure as I experienced when writing them.
What are you working on next?
That question is way too hot to handle...
Who are your favorite authors?
Irvine Welsh, Anthony Burgess, Colleen McCulloch and Bernard Cornwell; while Tim Winton deserves an honourable mention too.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I don't know really- I really didn't think there was any other option! A cup of tea is always the first thing on my mind and then taking the dog for a walk.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I play music (guitar & vocals), I go hiking and trail-bike riding and I'm also quite the political activist.
How do you approach cover design?
I do some amateur photography and I usually use one of my own photos for the covers of my books. A certain degree of abstraction is required for book covers and I make good use of effects to distort/discolour the image if it comes across too strong.
Published 2018-01-23.
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Books by This Author

The House of My Four Mothers & More of the Macabre
You set the price! Words: 10,870. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Gothic explorations into the past, present and future, with a feminine twist.
The Passengers
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Mother in the Box Factory & Other Insanities
You set the price! Words: 11,390. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
This book is tripe. It has spouted forth from the bowels of literary unconsciousness like a post-modernist alphabet soup. Reading it will make you much more attractive to members of both sexes and also to several species of small furry animals.
My Brother's Keeper
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The Underwater God
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The Oliver Twist & Other Experiments in Narrative
You set the price! Words: 14,770. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mashups
(3.00 from 1 review)
If you can believe half of what you see and none of what you hear then you may not be prepared for the fantastic tales contained in this volume of perfectly formatted fiction, free of all and any grammatical errors; thanks largely to spell-checking software and the author's tendency towards OCD behaviour patterns. Don't miss the part at the back where all the other books by this author are listed.