Interview with Anderson A Charles

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I must say creating or putting the story together. I am a daydreamer, so I use my day dreaming to build the story. I can lay down and day dream for hours, its like I am a child again. I can go walking and day dream, or sit on the beach and watch the sun set. When I write, I am just a child day dreaming.
Who are your favorite authors?
My Favorite authors are V.S. Naipaul, love his depiction of the islands. Charles Dickens stories that tug at the heart.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I wrote was the story of a old woman we called Crazy Lucy. On the island were I grew up we would walk to and from school. We had to go by Crazy Lucy's house and she would wait on her front door and chase us as we went by.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on the island of Grenada in the West Indies, living with all the characters and the folktale character passed down from slavery, it was easy to develop an imagination. The one thing that influenced me the most to be a writer is listening to tall tales told by old men. We would sit outside when it was full moon and listen to them try to out do each other with outrageous tales of their childhood.
What's the story behind your latest book?
After riots in the 70s two revolutions and an invasion,I migrated to America in 1986 on a basketball scholarship. My latest book "I am a Dirty Immigrant" is stories about my encounters with people and places. I tried to use the same story telling style that the old men used back on the island to bring humour to situations that would make people angry. I worked in telemarketing for a while and that is where the title came from, I could not count the amount of time I was called a dirty immigrant.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The stories I can get from just living and going through the day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I do a radio show, talk, music, I travel when I can and my favorite thing to do outside of writing daydream.
What do your fans mean to you?
People who read my books enter my mind, they become part of me which makes them family of sorts.
What are you working on next?
My next book is roughly called, My Fathers Shadow" it is the story of a young man fighting to not become like his abusive father. I created the story around my own father and his drunken and abusive way.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The freedom to experiment with different ways of writing my book. If I chose to write a book completely in West Indian dialect I can do that.
Published 2013-08-25.
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Books by This Author

I am a Dirty Immigrant
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 58,020. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
Riots, revolution, invasion, this island boy thought he had experienced everything, that is until he migrated to the Kentucky mountains. Blacks, he could not understand, whites, well that mountain twang was another language to him. From state to state, big city to little towns being slapped by culture shock as he tries to assimilate.
La Diablesse
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 69,660. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Ian dickens did not think that he would be here, chained to an alter, as the La diablesse performed an orgy of rituals on him. Why him? He wonders as he lay in the dark cave looking up at the black tropical sky.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 76,610. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Former slaves Akosua, Adofo and Kwao they had found freedom on an island they named Akan Island. But the Ligaroos and their evil Gods and spirits roamed the island, attacking and kidnapping the villagers taking them to Jumbie Island turning them into Jumbie slaves. The former slaves rescues Henry, the son of a slave trader, who soon found out that his sister was also kidnapped by the Ligaroos. Wi