Interview with Alan Bramwell

What is your e-reading device of choice?
We don't have much choice here but I enjoy my Kindle and getting the paper-light FIRE model. I thought I would never change from a printed book, but it has been painless - and so much more books are available now.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
This is a first-ever book so I cannot answer that, but I am sure that 'seeding' - [publishing small parts of the book in the right customer genre] and Facebook would be good places to start.
Describe your desk
I used to have a school desk, but last month we bought a slim blackwood table - long and luxurious - to take all the bits of reference papers and notes I use - plus of course my desktop, a calendar, a tiny little Persian carpet for my computer mouse, and a table-mat for cups of coffee comforts.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Confession is good for the soul, so they say, but friends had read some of the stories and egged me on to turn them into a book.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'll be honest - I am a writer and not a computer genius - so it has been a battle to understand all the mystical problems with the script format, despite the 'report' on format failure. The Thai people do not understand the terms either, but hopefully we will get it right eventually.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Recall - to clothe a memory in words and bring it to life. I love words and where they come from.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A bad mattress.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a university town in South Africa. Not much town but plenty of Schools, Training Colleges and Seminaries. There were 52 churches as well. There were a number of languages and I learnt many words and their meanings - fascinating stuff.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story is an attempt to set the record straight - pre-planned romances have a beginning, a middle, and an end.. This is not such a book. Life happens - and the aim is to 'tell it like it is!' Yes, it is raunchy in parts, because that is what being gay means, but it is an honest book, too. Gay people have backgrounds and are marked by their upbringing, so while the adult content is important - there is more to life than just a penis!
What are you working on next?
A book that covers expat life in Thailand - where you cannot go to the shop without seeing a parade of some sort! There are surprises in abundance here and a whole new slant on the different way they see things in an Eastern country.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love reading biographies - the life story of an entertainer or adventurer covered in 200 pages is a pleasurable read!
Published 2014-09-05.
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Books by This Author

Before The Rainbow
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 62,090. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: September 2, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Gay and Lesbian » Biographies
Fifty years ago, South African society was rigid, less tolerant and bigoted! Imagine growing into manhood – after being abused as a child – believing that you are evil, perverted and worthy only of Hell! Imagine the freedom of travelling in a circus. This book is about gay life, exactly observed, but with wry humour underlying each chapter.