Interview with A.T. Reddaway

What's the story behind your latest book?
I am fascinated by the city of Rio, where I live with my wife, Rafaela. If anything this story is my homage to a city which has given me so much, and which compelled me to leave my own mark on it.
From the outset I have made it clear that half of my royalties will go to charity, which perhaps should compensate for me being a total amateur.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It´s definitely having a voice.
Who are your favorite authors?
Rudyard Kipling, Louis de Bernières, Alexandre Dumas, anybody who writes about maritime adventure.
What is your writing process?
I sit in comfortable and uncomfortable places, indoors and out, stationary and moving, writing in a lined notebook. Then later I transfer everything to the computer and anotate. I spend weeks and weeks in between not doing anything at all related and then come back to it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
When I saw how many other people were involved in the polishing of most books I was astounded. I just wanted to have a go at producing something that was entirely my own work, with a front cover that I painted in watercolour. There seems to be no boundaries to what you can publish these days, but not until very recently, and it´s ultimately the public who decide what´s readable and what´s not.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything that´s recommended to me.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I realised there was too much going on inside my head to keep contained. I had to find a channel to express myself. A very influential period was when I went down to Florianópolis in Southeastern Brazil. My friend Emma had broken her elbow and we rented a beach house on Praia do Armação for recovery and that beach house was the perfect place to put pen to paper.
What are you working on next?
My personal account of heading off to Surinam to find Cuthbert, the protagonist of Carioca Bourbon-Cream, following some scanty clues of his whereabouts.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The people I see throughout the day, along with my life plan.
What was the most influencial book you ever read?
Certainly Ernest Hemingway´s ´The Old Man and the Sea´.
Published 2015-04-04.
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Books by This Author

Carioca Bourbon-Cream
Price: $1.20 USD. Words: 79,830. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Good & evil
A young man inherits a sugar empire when he comes of age in the 1950´s. He heads over to Rio de Janeiro to take command and finds a lot more excitements in the country than he ever imagined. This post war adventure story aims to promote peace and the author will donate half his royalties to charitable causes in Brazil.