Alan R Wilson

Biography

As an undergraduate in the 1970s I was a member of the Melbourne University Science Fiction Club, contributing to and editing the magazine, Yggdrasil, which was largely devoted to fiction. We also held writers workshops and since then I have continued to ‘scribble away’ at various things with the seed of the ‘Anita’ novels sprouting in the late 80s.
Personally, I found it impossible to write seriously while working full-time. (I have a Ph D in Physics and worked in research and have published numerous scientific articles). Always wanting to be a novelist, I took time off a few years ago to see if I had it in me to produce a novel. It worked for me and I retired properly and have dedicated myself to writing ever since.
Writing is great fun, I love it. Whenever asked I say it is ‘better than reading’ because I am continually surprised as the plot develops. I am definitely not an author who has a novel plotted out from start to finish. As Ray Bradbury said, ‘It would be boring if you knew where it was going’. Indeed, the main protagonist in ‘Anita’ suddenly appeared a third of the way into the novel.
There are 4 more books on the way in the Anita Histories and I am also dabbling in some contemporary novels too. Keep tuned, because the next 3 Anita novels may come out quite quickly.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
Sit down and type! I do something more physical in the morning (walking, shopping, fixing up the house) and most days I sit down to start writing around 2-3pm. This can continue until midnight with interruptions for snacks, dinner, procrastination and the occasional TV program or movie or night out with friends. I am definitely of the Ray Bradbury school of thought, "It would be boring if you knew where it was going," and my novels are not extensively plotted before I commence, Characters can suddenly emerge while I am writing (or walking, I carry a notebook) and I am relieved when I 'discover' the general form of the ending about three quarters of the way in. This might sound haphazard but I truly believe most of it is happening sub-consciously with my conscious mind let in on the plan only when it needs to know. At some point in a novel I generally draw up a timeline to ensure internal consistency and for the Anita Histories I now have a complete geographical sketch of the lands which evolved with the novels. After it is written the editing starts.
You write in two genres, how come, and under the same name?
I first started writing Science Fiction. While I was writing the third Anita book (‘Eagles’, finished in rough) the seed for a contemporary fiction novel popped into my mind. It continued to pop into my mind and flesh itself out, so I took notes and wrote small sections of it while finishing ‘Eagles’. It wanted to be written and out of this ‘Sarah’ was born, but not only ‘Sarah’. I have a rough finished version of an ‘alternative history’ based on ‘Sarah’. I suspect I will continue to write in the two genres.
Hopefully being under the same name is not a problem, the descriptions (and tags) of the novels makes it obvious. Also, I will retain distinctive covers for the two genres.
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Where to find Alan R Wilson online

Series

Anita Histories
'Anita', 'Betrayals', and 'Eagles', follows the life of Anita 1500 years after humankind nearly eliminated itself. Her nemesis is 'The Servants of the Bear', a religious cult which was instrumental in preserving humanity but has now falling into dogma. Some ancient technology is amazingly durable. While the Servants reject everything from the times of Chaos Anita and her companions offer a new way which does not condemn everything old as evil. This inevitably leads them into conflict with the Servants and their allies.
Anita
Price: $2.99 USD.
Betrayals
Price: $2.99 USD.
Eagles
Price: $2.99 USD.

Books

Eagles
Series: Anita Histories. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 224,710. Language: Australian English. Published: February 5, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Anita raises Vanessa, the child she found after the fateful battle for Darham, and assumes the life of an herbalist. An old friend’s death and a person from the past starts a chain of events which uncover secrets and restore Anita’s hidden memories. She heads north to reaffirm old friends, Vanessa heads south where she shows her true character. They later join forces to confront their old nemesis.
Five Words
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 108,040. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Steven’s and Sarah’s story if ‘Steven’s short story in ‘Sarah’ was ‘The Day That Was’. A disapproving father attempts to separate them by sending her to Oxford. Steven follows but they run afoul of the man her father wants to ‘sweep her off her feet’. Still together 43 years later Sarah rattles the ‘establishment’. The reaction is to try to force her to resign but she takes the battle to them.
Betrayals
Series: Anita Histories. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 160,070. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Anita consolidates her claim on the Pality of Darham and continues to discover her abilities. The enmity of the Servants of The Bear increases and they make numerous attempts to thwart her. She is betrayed by one she suspects, one she does not but should and worst, by herself. The resulting conflict pushes Anita to an extreme she might never return from and awakens a power from a long lost age.
Sarah
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 116,730. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Sarah is a successful, top-level public servant married to Greg, a highly successful barrister and QC. To all appearances she has an idyllic life. Greg wants fresh challenges and blithely assumes Sarah will throw her support behind him. She refuses, old history surfaces and combined with the death of her dog and a chance encounter which stirs old emotions it all starts to unravel.
Anita
Series: Anita Histories. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 207,200. Language: Australian English. Published: August 7, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Anita lives in a time of sword and bow 1500 years after humanity nearly died. She exchanges her solitary life for one among other people to discover she and her horse are unique, but acquires some powerful enemies in the process. She must discover her own potential and with a group of animal and human friends elude the Servants of the Bear and their followers and fight for her true position.