Interview with Alan Thomas

When did you first start writing?
It began at junior school. I wrote a ghoulish story about 'Fred The Filleter', a vicious murderer who disposed of his victims by removing their bones and leaving them as blobs of jelly! At the climax of the story, Fred came to a gruesome end impaled on a church spire. My mother always did say I had a vivid imagination.
What's the story behind your latest book?
A few years ago I saw a TV programme about experiments with Life Extension techniques. Later I got the title 'The Man Who Refused to Die' and the two eventually came together as an idea for a book. But I had no clue at the start who would be in it or how it would turn out.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Having published several technical books with professional publishers, I felt confident I could do pretty much everything they could do for myself. Fiction publishers are generally hostile to unknown authors so going it alone seemed the obvious option.
What is your writing process?
I build up the story from fragments and eventually fit them together. It's a bit like making a jig-saw puzzle! I prefer to work on the actual writing in concentrated bursts with long lapses in between for revision and reworking.
What are you working on next?
I'm writing a humorous satire on business schools but my next novel will probably be called 'Merchants of Hope'.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are so many! But a top ten would include Jack London, Ernest Hemingway, Charles Bukowski and Stan Barstow. I have a sneaking admiration for Dan Brown. But at the top it has to be Leo Tolstoy.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The miracle of my continuing existence!
Published 2014-01-07.
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Books by This Author

The Man Who Refused to Die
Price: $6.50 USD. Words: 72,180. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
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Nobody wants to grow old but what would you give for the chance of eternal youth? In this gripping novel an ambitious scientist sets out to prove that ageing is a 'disease' that can be cured - a quest that has devastating consequences. Based on contemporary scientific developments, The Man Who Refused to Die confirms that today's medical fiction may soon be tomorrow's medical fact.