Interview with M Caldwell Hunter

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Scotland. I don't really think that influenced my writing,I do know that I was an avid reader when younger. That is probably more to do with it. I've been a reader of every subject from classics to some really junk books. I read fiction and non-fiction, which I think helped me with this book
Describe your desk
My desk could be anywhere, I write mostly on a tablet, although it does tend to be sitting outside bars in Barga. This town in Northern tuscany is my second home and something about the atmosphere there seems to open my mind and allow the words to flow.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Finishing and then letting someone else edit the work. To be honest though I write for myself and I'm overwhelmed that the novel, first in a series, has done so well.
Is your book a Historical novel?
No. But it does however begin in the 14th century, with the demise of the Knights Templar and the loss of their treasures.
It proceeds to the present day and the quest to find "The Manuscript of Roger De Courcy" which passes clues to the whereabouts of this missing treasure.
There are a number of participants involved in this quest, some you may warm to and others who, I think, you will not.
The Ebook is the first in a series so keep looking for Volume 2, The Shield and the Lost Ship
When did you first start writing?
I started playing about with different story ideas about 15 years ago but didn't try seriously until after 2006, after I finished a dgree course. I think that got me back into writing longer pieces.
This novel was started September 2011 and written over the following 2 years, mainly on holidays to Barga. I think I probably spent about 3 months actual writing, then came the much harder task.I had to sit on my hands and wait until my editor had finished her work.Once edited The Forgotten Templars Vol.1 The Manuscript was published firstly on Amazon in Dec 2013. I left it exclusively on Amazon until June when I put it on Smashwords.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I think it was the hoops you had to put yourself through to firstly find an agent and then a publisher. Plus it is now so difficult to get a manuscript accepted for publication. I had no idea when I had finished the novel whether it would be enjoyable for readers. I could not believe the reports that had come back from my proof readers, as to how much they had enjoyed it. I therefore decided to self publish and just see how things went. I'm pleased to say that downloads have been pretty constant since December when it was first published. Being on Smashwords as well now means my novel is for sale in a number of other outlets as well.Like I-books, Barnes & Noble,Kobo, Blio, txtr, flipkart alongside Smashwords and Amazon.
What are you working on next?
I'm writing the follow up in the series. Called The Shield and The Lost Ship it should be available as soon as I get the characters involved back under control. sometimes they just take over and I feel as if someone else is just using my hands to write a story.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Two cats who need fed. Try sleeping on when they decide it's breakfast time.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Having to take medical retirement I have more time to fill,when not writing. I utilise online courses to help improve my writing skills and keep the grey matter working. I now have time to walk much more and just enjoy life
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Simple I use reviews, either online or from a friend who gives me titles I might like regularly. Otherwise I might simply try a sample and if I like then download the rest.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Vaguely I think it was a descriptive poem.Written as a young teenager, probably utter rubbish. An update I found it in an old box, I was right it was rubbish
Published 2015-01-15.
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Books by This Author

A Small Story on Love and Death
Price: Free! Words: 6,870. Language: British English. Published: August 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(5.00)
A whimsical little short Nothing like my normal style. Hope you enjoy
The Forgotten Templars Volume II The Shield and The Lost Ship
Series: The Forgotten Templars. Price: $3.85 USD. Words: 89,200. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Adventure » General
Volume two of The Forgotten Templars. First The Manuscript and now The Shield and The Lost Ship. The adventure continues.
The Forgotten Templars Vol.1 The Manuscript
Series: The Forgotten Templars, Book 1. Price: $1.90 USD. Words: 91,370. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
The lost manuscript of Roger De Courcy is found. It gives clues to the hiding place of the Knights Templar treasures. Can Drew and Gabriella,with help,both from her family and their friends,stay alive and locate the treasure. Decoding the manuscript and following the instructions,can they stay alive? Will the 37th beat them or kill them? What is the Templar treasure?