Interview with Llewelyn Pritchard

Published 2013-11-06.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on the Black Mountain north of Swansea, South Wales. I haven't really got a clue how this influenced my writing, except I suppose it instilled in me a great love of nature, adventure and the outdoors. I am the son of an elite collier and I would much rather take this opportunity to dedicate this great and pertinent poem to his memory:
"My father was a miner, He worked deep underground;
The rush of drams and clanking chains. They were his daily sounds.
He worked so far below the ground. Where coal was hewed by pick,
The work so hard and wages small He didn’t dare go sick.
He crawled upon his belly. In drifts so low and narrow,
The wind it whistled down the shaft. It chilled him to the marrow.
He ate his food from a Tommy box, Shaped like a slice of bread,
While squatting down upon the ground, Where spit and crumbs were shed.
His water, it was in a Jack, to wet down clouds of dust,
That gathered daily in his throat and lungs. Where it formed a deadly crust.
We would listen for his footsteps, He then came into sight:
This man, our Dad, as black as black, just like the darkest night;
Right down his back white rivers ran amongst the dirt and grime,
But you cannot wash away blue scars. That you get down the mine.
Years now have passed. My father gone, But I am proud to say,
My Father was a miner, until his dying day.”
by William Holden
When did you first start writing?
2002.
What's the story behind your latest book?
"Port Hope Simpson Off The Beaten Path" was born out of "The Port Hope Simpson Diaries" which I kept as an 18 year old VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) probationary teacher from 1969-70 in the logging coastal community of Port Hope Simpson, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

In 2002 I was amazed to be invited out all-expenses paid to the Town's "Come Home" celebrations and decided to write "Port Hope Simpson Off The Beaten Path" to help in some small way put Sir Wilfred Thomas Grenfell's vision of tourism for the future prosperity of the Labrador communities into effect.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
To write about research-based matters whilst having fun along the way.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Well...I wouldn't say I have been a success. Anyway, I am unsure how that should be judged. Personally, I think there are much better things to spend your time thinking about.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's more like hard work often trying to pull things together for the first time.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't think I have any and don't see why I should.
What are you working on next?
'The Labrador Development Company Limited' that founded Port Hope Simpson as a logging community in August 1934 when its first loggers' camp was 'well underway' according to the Company's own publicity.
Who are your favorite authors?
Wilbur Smith
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
To 'get on with it.'
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Wild Flower Meadows and The ArcelorMittal Orbit in Pictures [Part 2]
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Wild Flower Meadows and The ArcelorMittal Orbit in Pictures, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, East London, Olympic Games, London 2012, 5 August. [Part 2] A collection of colour photographs [Parts 1 and 2] of the Wild Flower Meadows and the ArcelorMittal Orbit in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London, 5 August 2012.
Wild Flower Meadows and The ArcelorMittal Orbit in Pictures [Part 1]
Series: Photo Albums, Book 20 · Budget Holidays Europe. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,430. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Architecture, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Olympics
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The Olympic Games in Pictures London 2012 Olympic Park, East London 5 August [Part 2]
Series: Photo Albums, Book 19 · Budget Holidays Europe. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 340. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Olympics, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Industries / park & recreation management
The Olympic Games in Pictures London 2012 Olympic Park, East London 5 August [Part 2] [The Olympic Park was later re-named “The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park” to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.]
The Olympic Games in Pictures, Olympic Park, East London 5 August 2012 [Part 1]
Series: Photo Albums, Book 18 · Budget Holidays Europe. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 410. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Olympics, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Exercise
The Olympic Games in Pictures London 2012 Olympic Park, East London 5 August. [Part 1] [The Olympic Park was later re-named “The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park” to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.]
Bristol UK Aerial Photographs and Tourist Attractions
Series: Photo Albums, Book 17 · Budget Holidays Europe. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 870. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Industries / hospitality, travel & tourism, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Ballooning
Aerial photographs and tourist attractions of Bristol, England, (Great Britain) United Kingdom taken on 5 August 2011. (Front Cover view of the Floating Harbour, Bristol City Centre looking in a south-easterly direction.)
Biarritz France Holiday
Series: Illustrated Diaries, Book 15 · Budget Holidays Europe. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,420. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Industries / hospitality, travel & tourism
A Rambler’s tour of the famous French resort of Biarritz on the Atlantic coast which explores the many reasons behind its growth including the area’s historical links with Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. [Includes diary notes, colour photographs plus Canadian-based research about its shared Basque-Newfoundland & Labrador, Whaling and Cod-Fishing heritages.] [Revised English Edition]
Port Hope Simpson Historic Logging Town
Series: Port Hope Simpson Mysteries, Book 15 · Travel Handbooks, Book 4 · Volunteering - Voluntary Service Overseas - VSO, Book 5 · Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,920. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Development / sustainable development, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Industries / hospitality, travel & tourism
Port Hope Simpson Historic Logging Town in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada is located on the south side of the Alexis, an excellent salmon river in southern Labrador, Canada. It was initially founded in 1934 as a logging camp and was named after the English Commissioner of Natural Resources and Acting-Commissioner of Justice, Sir John Hope Simpson. This community has great natural assets nearby.
Having Fun over Bristol, World Capital of Hot Air Ballooning
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A hot air balloon ride over Bristol including forty panoramic, colour photographs. Taking-off in the early morning from Ashton Court Estate, west of the city and landing near Pucklechurch to the east, our flight lasted for about 1 hour and was wonderful value-for-money.
Tombstone
Series: Port Hope Simpson Mysteries, Book 14 Vol 5c · Mysteries · Volunteering - Voluntary Service Overseas - VSO. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,700. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Development / economic development, Nonfiction » History » North America
Tombstone [The British Government’s Cover-Up] Port Hope Simpson, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada [Part 3/3] Series Title: Port Hope Simpson Mysteries [Vol 5c] Copyright 2012 by Llewelyn Pritchard Smashwords Edition What was really going on behind the scenes? For the first time, declassified official British Government papers shine new light on amongst other things, Government mismanagement...
Tombstone
Series: Port Hope Simpson Mysteries, Book 13 Vol 5b · Mysteries · Volunteering - Voluntary Service Overseas - VSO. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,030. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Development / sustainable development, Nonfiction » History » North America
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