From an early age, Alan found he had a talent for telling stories, but it wasn’t until he read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Silver_Sword did he realise, being a writer may be his calling.
All through his school days, he was never happier than reading, or telling stories; he was more often found in the library than playing sports; in later life he found out this probably saved his life as he suffered from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypertrophic_cardiomyopathy , an inherited illness which kills otherwise healthy athletes suddenly, and for no apparent reason.
In between the dream, and the realisation of a dream, was a little thing called “life,” and it took over 50 years to reach a stage where he had the time to write.
His earliest stories were westerns, but he as yet hasn’t done any for sale; five years ago after he became disabled, he decided to take up writing, and made a rep for writing ghost stories. These have been good sellers in the UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00BNDHL0U and he has been in the Amazon top 20 Ghost Anthology section several times.
Three years ago he started a blog http://alsdomain.weebly.com/which will close this month http://alsdomain.weebly.com/whats-happening/it-doesnt-matter-anymore other than contact with a few close friends, and his friends on https://www.facebook.com/groups/665685033479843/ and http://thepeacockwriters.weebly.com/ he will effectively be off line.
And Alan’s emails close with: “A writer without an audience, is like a one-handed clap.” Harlan Coben, Bristol, April 9th, 2014. 🙂
And now from the author himself:
Over the last two years, a lot has changed in my writing – mainly for the good – the changes started when I left Bookrix. I got tired of the back stabbing & favouritism shown by the German site, and decided to plough my own furrow. This was a daring move, but in the end it paid dividends.
Two years ago I was contacted by an editor from the US site indiePENdents.org http://indiependents.org/ , since then we have developed a great friendship/working partnership. Around this time, I was asked to join the children’s charity The Peacock Writers http://alsdomain.weebly.com/the-peacock-writers#.VNzZM-asXHs , we bring out to books a year, and all the money goes to charities.
Much to my surprise the HUGE success of the last two years has been my Science Fiction series on Barnes & Noble http://alsdomain.weebly.com/forgestriker—the-hit-series.html , it is a surprise to me, because until I started the series I had not written Sci-fi.
One godsend for me is the site Draft2Digital and the growing links the US based service provides. I now sell only through B&N http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/alan-place , the reason for this is I sell more every month at B&N, than most years on Amazon. To give you a perspective, my Amazon best seller Holding Richmond http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007CJKK84 sold 38 copies, in three and a half years; my B&N best seller Forgestriker https://www.draft2digital.com/book/32492 passed that total in less than three months, and still sells three or four copies a month, after a year on sale. The series has sold 180 e-books across the seven books, and Forgestriker has sold 86 of them.
In October of 2014, I was asked to join a Facebook group called The Booktrap http://thebooktrap.weebly.com/alan-place.html we are a multi-national group of indie authors, who help each other.
On first glance it may appear all rosy, but behind the current success story lies a deep sadness; my award winning e-book Chronicles of Mark Johnson https://www.draft2digital.com/book/32117 has not sold in over two years.
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In March, my story Lifeboat Heroes https://www.draft2digital.com/book/45659 has a chance of being read on the radio. The story is a fictionalised account of a rescue one of my late uncles took part in, during the early 1970’s.
Current projects include an extended version of the Forgestriker series to possibly eleven stories; starting with Empire’s Wraith http://writersgettogether.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/empires-wraith.html , and including a new ending.
I’m also writing a 1930’s style mystery story called “Two lives for freedom,” this will link world events from from the early 1930’s to the early 1940’s. It is fiction, with a factual basis.
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Morgen: Thank you, Alan. It’s a shame you’re coming offline as part of the joy of being an author is interacting with our readers but it’ll give you more time for your writing which understandably has to take priority.
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