Alan R Wilson


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.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first 'proper' story I wrote was in early secondary school. I recall it was about conquistadors in South America who were plagued by demons - disease induced hallucinations. I also recall it was inspired by something I had read but cannot remember what it was. I do remember my English teacher liked it.
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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.
Price: $2.99 USD.


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.

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