18 Mar 2014

Tony Gilbert Author Interview

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Today I am particularly pleased to present an Author Interview with Tony Gilbert,  writer of many genres. 

Here is a link to my review of his charitable children’s book CLOUD DIARY about dealing with grief.

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Tell us a little about yourself as writer and a person.

My name is Tony Gilbert, though I also write under other names: A.P.Gilbert for my adult fiction; Red Winters for my really adult fiction. I am happily married to Sammy, who is a fantastic artist and is in the process of illustrating my new book, ‘Doodeedoo’ (which is being published by Visionary Press). I have four children, two boys, two girls, ranging down from 10 years to 10 weeks old. I live in a medium sized town in Essex with my beautiful family, a snake, a guinea pig and eleven fish.

What made you become a writer?

I always used to write as a child but as I grew up, all of my time was spent playing football and chasing girls. Alas, chasing girls amounted to more than a few sore cheeks and football became nothing but a Saturday afternoon hobby. I have always been an avid reader, growing up with Blyton and Dahl, moving into King and Herbert but never trying anything new. I was stuck in a reading rut; my bookcases contained horror and nothing but, and I was bored. There was little I could do except pick up a pen and begin to write.

When did you decided to write your chosen genres?

People say that you should write what you read and that is what I done for a while. All of my short fiction was horror, mainly gruesome and supernatural. Slowly, as I began to learn the craft, my work become more sophisticated, darker but without the gore; more psychological. I began to toy with genres: romance, thriller, historical fiction, fantasy, adventure, poetry. Recently I have been enjoying my writing for children. Maybe it’s because I have a young family, maybe because I am really a child at heart.

How long does it take you to write and publish a book?

That depends on the type of book I am writing. My picture books are simple to write, up to thirty verses in rhyme and normally take me a couple of days. Preparing them for publication is a lengthy process though due to the illustrations: drafts, edits, finals etc.

My fantasy  adventure novel, ‘Hugo – A Quest for King Borin’ took me about 6 months to write, edit and publish using the Amazon KDP method. This book has recently been signed by Ghostly Publishing so I have removed it from Amazon. The new publication date (after edits, rewrites, cover design etc) is early 2015 (approx 12 month turn around).

Do you find it is well received and picked up by the reviewers?

I really appreciate all of the fantastic reviews I have had for my books. The people who read them seem to love them; I just need to work out how I can get more people to read them!

Which is your favourite character?

My favourite character so far is Mud, but as to who that is, my lips are sealed.

What are your next projects?

As I mentioned earlier, ‘Doodeedoo’ and ‘Hugo’ are due for release very soon. Apart from these, my new novel, ‘The Adventures of Mud’, is in the mid stages of writing and my adult noir novella, ‘Dick’, is being edited. ‘Dick’ is a tongue in cheek thriller about a private eye in 1950s New York. I will not only be releasing in as an eBook but also as a podcast which is being recorded by Alex S. Johnson.

Tell us about your other books.

The first book I released was a short story called ‘The Cloud Diary’. It tells the tale of a little boy who has lost his mother and how he copes with it. All royalties from it go to a charity called Winston’s Wish. Available here: http://smarturl.it/theclouddiary

Super Fred was my first picture book and currently the only one I have on sale. It is 32 pages of full colour pictures and really is great fun for children. It tells the story of a lonely monster who really doesn’t want to scare people. Available here: http://smarturl.it/SuperFred

Warm Wishes, my first release into the adult market is a festive horror short. Be careful though, it’s not everyones cup of tea. In fact I was told by an unhappy reader that he had been having nightmares about it! Available here: http://smarturl.it/warmwishes

What are your favourite books/ films/ albums?

So many favourites that it’s hard to pick one. Here are my top three:

Books – The Time Travellers Wife, Life of Pi, The Piano Tuner

Films – Schindlers List, My Left Foot, Titanic

Albums – Marilyn Manson/Antichrist Superstar, Cradle of Filth/Cruelty and the Best, Sepultura/Roots

Can you recommend any indie books/ authors?

You mean apart from your good self?

What would your friends tell us if we asked for your best and your oddest qualities?

Friends? Did I not tell you I am an author? I don’t have time for friends!

Seriously though, they would say I was kind hearted, trustworthy, and respectful. Then , when I have turned my back they would tell you the truth – stubborn, unsociable and loud.

What are your favourite animal/ colour/ outdoor activity?

A black football playing chimpanzee.

Who would you take to a remote island?

Besides my wife and children?

Okay, Pamela Anderson, Milla Jovavich and Spiderman

Who would you like to invite for dinner and why?

Toughie!

Stephen King (just because), Marilyn Manson (I worship that man), Queen Elizabeth ll (would love to know what she’s really like), Heston Blumenthal (to cook) and Lewis Carroll (so he can tell me the answer to that bloody riddle).

You can keep in touch with me on:

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/tonygilbertauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TGilbertAuthor

Website: http://www.tonygilbert.info/

Mailing list (and a free eBook!): http://www.tonygilbert.info/1_3_Contact-me-Sign-up.html

 

Thanks for a great interview Christoph!

 

Review of THE CLOUD DIARY: 17335920

“The Cloud Diary” by Tony Gilbert is a moving short story about a young boy dealing with loss and grief. The cloud is his companion through this period.
The story is moving, brave and tackles an important issue in a clever way. I think this beautiful short might help children and parents to talk about grief, death and loss together.
A delicate matter handled very well.

 

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Christoph Fischer was born in Germany in 1970 as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ is his first published work. He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.
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