L R Buxton


I am a writer from the Midlands (born in Worcester) with a liking for classic farce, contemporary fantasy and psychological thrillers.

I went to university in Southampton, which fuelled my ideas for the "Mandy And The Missing" series.

Among my influences (from both the printed word and on-screen entertainment) I would count classic (1963-1989) Doctor Who, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Ultraviolet (the TV series), JRR Tolkien, Tom Sharpe and Fritz Leiber. I also enjoy biogs of famous actors, musicians and authors.

For my hobbies I enjoy motorsport, football, debate, politics, socialising, visiting interesting cathedrals and places of interest, and going to music gigs and literary festivals.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
Well the original setting stems from my time in Southampton, when I went down to study for my degree. I grew a lot as a person, but the series "Mandy And The Missing" is based on my experiences in the first year in particular - staying in a hall of residence on-site, and the various changes one experiences at such a time in life.

The 'invisible' plotline is something slightly different from some of the vampire-related sources which helped inspire me - such as Buffy, Angel and the Ultraviolet TV series. Although that might be slightly unfair (as the Joss Whedon shows in particular were a bit broader than that) I didn't want to just do a vampire or zombie-related idea, and wanted to come up with something slightly different. I also wanted the 'affliction' of the Missing to match the feelings of alienation and isolation which the less extrovert people would feel on going to college, and being away from the people they had known all their lives.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I didn't want to have an idea knocked back repeatedly, and I feel I am happy to promote my own book. In this day and age, where the internet gives people the chance to get their voices heard, I was motivated to complete this idea and get it out there because it's actually possible now - a few years ago people felt their book would not get accepted by the right publisher or agent.

It's also the idea of getting themes into each of my books - the theme for this book extends to the front cover and in some of the images within - it's to do with birth and making new starts, finding oneself. Future books in the series will have different themes - what are they? We'll have to see!
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Where to find L R Buxton online


24 Heures Du Mans : The Post War Years
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,830. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Motor sports
This is a history of the Le Mans 24 Hours race which is held annually for cars in mid-June. There's an introduction to set the scene and give a flavour of the experience I've felt first-hand, a full report on all races held since WWII up to and including 2018's, and finally a chapter on all the overall winning manufacturers. This should be a detailed and entertaining read for any motorsport fan.
Life In Brexit Britain
Price: Free! Words: 9,400. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire, Nonfiction » Politics & Current Affairs » World politics
A population divided over Brexit? The high street in decline? People with their faces glued to their phones? Nothing new in the cinema? If any or all of these issues have caused you concern recently then you've come to the right book! A collection of articles on these topics and more, Life In Brexit Britain cuts to the chase. It's witty, opinionated and most importantly free of charge!
The Idol
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,210. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Horror » General
The Idol is a thriller focusing on a teenager, Dani Thomas, who finds herself on the run from a terrifying community of villagers. Can she survive the night after clashing with the most respected figures of Radlington, and just how resourceful is she? Gruesome, chilling, tense and exciting, The Idol will keep you turning the pages to find out what will happen next to our gutsy young heroine.
Mandy And The Missing : A Deadly Deception
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,340. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense
The second in a series of psychological thrillers for young & old adults, "Mandy And The Missing : A Deadly Deception" sees our heroine Mandy Murray attempt to help her fellow students, after discovering how the locals can now turn invisible. But she is in danger of falling foul of her nemesis Jennyfer's manipulation of an idealistic & introverted musician, putting her life at huge risk...
Mandy And The Missing: Ascent Of The Absent.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,140. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
The first in a series, Mandy And The Missing: Ascent Of The Absent" is a psychological thriller/fantasy hybrid. It is designed to appeal to the teen/young adult age group, though would be suitable for all ages. It concerns an 18 year old's attempt to settle at college, and her reaction upon discovering that a local laboratory have discovered the secret of invisibility - with disastrous results...

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action    brexit    college    comedy    coming of age    cricket    endurance    fantasy    films    formula one    government    horror    intrigue    invisibility    le mans    motorsport    music    non fiction    paranoia    politics    psychological    reference    romance    southampton    sport    student    suspense    teen    teenage    thriller    university