Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the three hundred and seventy-ninth, is of travel fantasy novelist Anthony St. Clair. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at author-spotlights.
When he landed in Edinburgh, Scotland, Anthony St. Clair thought his first international trip was merely a semester abroad during his senior year of college. But in the midst of learning what a hostel is, drinking good beer for the first time in his life, and immersing himself in new people and culture, Anthony was, in fact, changing the very direction of his life.
Instead of moving back where he had grown up and getting a responsible job, indie travel had become a central part of Anthony’s life. After college Anthony crossed the Atlantic again and spent the next year living between Scotland and Ireland. A writer since he was 13, Anthony also knew that someday, when the right stories came, travel would also be a central part of his writing.
Now, three books in to his travel fantasy Rucksack Universe series, Anthony draws on the places he’s been to and the people he’s met to develop a rich cast of characters, with stories set all over an alternate version of our own world. (And it’s a doozy—Hong Kong and Scotland are independent countries; the US Civil War never happened; and the world still fears a repeat of the cataclysm The Blast). Readers will meet up again and again with these fascinating, ever-changing wanderers throughout the ongoing, non-sequential series.
College days long behind him, Anthony has since lugged his dusty backpack through India, Thailand, Cambodia, China, Tibet, Nepal, Australia, Canada, and various parts of the USA. Anthony writes, cooks, enjoys his family, and loves the rain in a forgotten part of the USA (also known as Oregon). Travel is still a big part of his life, too: Anthony and his wife gave their son a passport for his first birthday, and took him to Japan when he was 15 months old.
And now from the author himself: