Interview with Tony Sadgrove

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in North East London. I had an Anglican-orientated upbringing and education but never really accepted the bible as an accurate, believable, document. There had to be more logical explanations. The older I became, the less convinced I became.until it became blatantly obvious that it was an allegory. So what was the truth? What was the real history? Could the miracles be explained? Was the gospel story explaining events in a way that has been misinterpreted?
When did you first start writing?
In my teenage years I began writing poetry, which I still do. I later moved into short stories and finally, novels.
What's the story behind your latest book?
As I said before: a more logical - and human - explanation for the gospel events. Assuming Jesus was a real person (of which there is serious doubt), who was he, who did he represent, what was he trying to achieve?
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Simple - cut out the middle man - use modern technology.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Turning research into a story - trying to bring the past to life in a way that the modern reader can relate to.
What are you working on next?
I have a novel called "The Perfect Circle" almost ready to publish and am at the very early stage of a new novel called "Lies".
Who are your favorite authors?
I am influenced by a wide range - from Homer to Mickey Spillane. I have no clear favourite - the perfect work of fiction has yet to be written.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Of course - and i still have a copy. "The Peregrine Falcon" about a village that was excommunicated because they stole Simon de Montfort's falcon in the 13th century.,
What is your writing process?
Anarchic - i have bursts when I am inspired and long periods of thought. The thought leads to the research which in turn leads to turning everything into an image. I then have another burst.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Not the first but an early one was Tanglewood Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I later read it to my young sons who also loved it. The mental images it creates are stupendous. It proved you could take something from the past and make some magic.
How do you approach cover design?
Simple. Basic. Minimalist. I dislike covers that are busy - I've got my own imagination; I don't need to be told what to think.
What do you read for pleasure?
History
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Android
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
None yet - word of mouth
Describe your desk
Messy
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The toilet
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Watching sport
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Voltaire's Bastards - J R Saul - amazing in depth analysis of the modern world
The day the Universe Changed - James Burke - wonderful vignettes from history linked by an intelligent theme
The Levellers - Christopher Hill - the birth of modern political thought
Ethics - M Bakunin - great mind, the way we should be going
All Quiet on the Western Front - best war novel of all time
Published 2014-11-24.
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Books by This Author

The Perfect Circle
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,800. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
Two recent events have captured the imagination: the discovery of the Higgs Boson by Cerne and the subsequent Nobel Prize for Physics; and Voyager leaving the solar system. My novel, 'The Perfect Circle' spins an intriguing 'what if' tale using these two developments demonstrating the exciting potential of technologies based on quantum mechanics and intergalactic communication.
AD29
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,490. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Classical Greece & Rome, Fiction » Historical » Ancient
The Emperor Tiberius needs to increase revenue. He decides to increase the tribute paid by the provinces. One, Judea, is a problem. He sends Publius to engineer a situation which will force the local government, the Sanhedrin, to comply. This is Publius' solution.