Johnny Alien


I was born and raised in the medieval village of Tideswell in The Peak District of Derbyshire, Northern England. Never cared much for regular school but went to Art School in Chesterfield, Derbyshire and in Liverpool. Moved to New York City after extensive travels throughout North America, then to Northampton Massachusetts, where I ran a large music venue/nightclub for five years. I have lived in Northampton with my wife Beverley for more than 25 years and have fronted my band 'Big Bad Bollocks' for over twenty years, writing songs and performing throughout the North Eastern US. My wife and I have two teenage sons - Macklin and Roscoe. I currently teach art at an inner city high school in Springfield Ma.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Tideswell - a small Medieval Market Town in The Peak District of England. The Peak District is an English National Park made up of winding dales and small rugged mountains. Tideswell was known, in the Middle Ages, as The King's Larder due to its abundance of wild game. I grew up there in the 1960's when little had changed since the times of Robin Hood. I'm not saying life was still that primitive, but much of the modern world's changing ways and attitudes had passed by our secluded ancient settlement. Tideswell's unique circumstances during a time of such massive social change and upheaval created, in me, an obsession with "the world beyond"! I loved Tideswell deeply, and one of the very reasons I loved it so much, was what forced me from its confines. Beautiful and sheltered, It was too limiting for a young lad infected by a curiosity born from glimpses of that "world beyond". Tideswell nurtured in me, a desire to see and experience - and to record what I saw and experienced! It was a breeding ground for curiosity and adventurism.
When did you first start writing?
I remember a love of writing stories as a small child of 6 or 7 years. This was later beaten out of me (literally) by an antiquated Church School education that could not recognize any value in my rambling tales of pirates and the like. I started to try and write again in my early twenties, but to no avail. In my early thirties I formed a band - 'Big Bad Bollocks' and began writing story songs which reflected my travels through life. By then I had been living in America for several years. The song writing experience allowed me to find my voice and I set about writing short stories and then my first full length book 'Marmite Cowboy'.
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Marmite Cowboy
Price: $16.95 USD. Words: 86,970. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » Travel » Road travel
From a 1960s working class, Northern England village, dodging malevolent old 'Church Ladies' and pissed off Grebos while dreaming of partying on the beach with The Monkees. To New York City and beyond, through the excesses of the 70s and 80s. Join me, along the trail of a wannabe American lad.

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