Alan Bramwell

Biography

I grew up in South Africa (SA) and matriculated in 1957. I have travelled and seen a larger part of Africa than many of my friends, and quite a lot of the world. I think my natural curiosity got me involved in all sorts of activities from Puppeteer, Teacher, Lecturer, to Drama Production and Reflexology.
Employed to teach Circus children, I trained as a white-faced Clown, and soon worked up an acrobatic act travelling all over East Africa, mainly Tanganyika, Kenya and Uganda. As a Clown, I made people laugh, but as a solo Acrobat, I scared the living daylights out of the audience diving through hoops of knives and fire.
Once I had settled down, I became the Advertising Manager for a number of Retail or Pharmaceutical Companies, finally becoming a Management Training Instructor for a large German Motor Manufacturing Company.
For ten years, I produced and directed an annual Cabaret, raising sorely needed money for various charities. It was hard work - but great fun!
Andre - my wonderful partner for 35 years - and I, moved to Chiang Mai, Thailand in 2006, and enjoy the way of life here.

Smashwords Interview

What is your e-reading device of choice?
We don't have much choice here but I enjoy my Kindle and getting the paper-light FIRE model. I thought I would never change from a printed book, but it has been painless - and so much more books are available now.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
This is a first-ever book so I cannot answer that, but I am sure that 'seeding' - [publishing small parts of the book in the right customer genre] and Facebook would be good places to start.
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Books

Before The Rainbow
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 62,090. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: September 2, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Gay and Lesbian » Biographies
Fifty years ago, South African society was rigid, less tolerant and bigoted! Imagine growing into manhood – after being abused as a child – believing that you are evil, perverted and worthy only of Hell! Imagine the freedom of travelling in a circus. This book is about gay life, exactly observed, but with wry humour underlying each chapter.

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