Hearing voices when no one is talking to you is a bad sign right?
When twelve year old Tyler follows the calls of his name into the burnt out house on the roundabout, and finds a golden lizard called Midas, his luck appears to have changed for the better.
When and where do you prefer to write?
I can pretty much write anywhere. I wrote Shimmer and Midas mostly at airports and on airplanes. In fact, I remember finishing Shimmer in Incheon Airport in South Korea. I was quite emotional empathising with Lyra’s Mum in the last scene. I was openly crying but no one noticed. I don’t fly so much anymore but even just waiting in the car to pick up my daughter from drama, or suchlike, I am likely to pick up my notepad and pen disappear off into one of my alternate realities. The main thing for me is not where and when but my state of being. I need to be bored. When I am bored by imagination wakes up and beautifully fills the gap. Things like smartphones are my creative kryptonite. They stop me from reaching the required ‘bored’ state. They are a necessity to be heard in the modern world but secretly I would like mine to have a burial at sea.
Do you need peace and quiet when you are writing?
Not really. I can be in a very busy place, like an airport, and completely disappear into one of my worlds. Now if we were talking about sleep then yes, peace and quiet are essential.
If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
Great question. I would pick my wife Sam. She writes these amazingly immersive fantastical meditations. I think she has many fiction books in her waiting to be written. I think it would be interesting to write a story together with each of us writing from a different main character’s perspective.
Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?
Ohhh, another good one. I would be like to be the antihero. The kind of person who is flawed, done things they are not proud of but then are put in a position where they can seek some redemption. Characters who are so good that if you sliced them in two you would see the word ‘GOOD’ written through them, you know like a stick of rock, are a real turn off for me as a reader.
Who would you like/have liked to interview?
Rik Mayall. He was the first celebrity that I felt sad about them passing. I think it’s because I grew up watching things like the Young Ones and Bottom and it kind of felt like a unique bright light went out which would never be seen again. Not really true though as he shines on in all the reruns of those shows. And George Orwell, I would like to ask him how close is 2022 to 1984.
Where can I find you when you are reading?
I really wish you hadn’t asked that one. You can’t find me as I am either in bed or… errrr… on the toilet!
Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?
Putting the world to rights with my wife Sam or watching films with my daughter Emily or son Callum (they have different tastes) usually with the dog or cat cuddled up with us. Although my body is old, and takes a long time to recover now, I do like competing in Strongman contests. I did my first one last year and this September will be my second. It’s interesting how much of it is mental, rather than physical, and it’s about puzzling out how to lift and move the insanely heavy objects. Unless you get the technique right you turn into Superman with a pair kryptonite underpants.
What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
Very little to be honest. It’s more the physical sensation of all the hairs on your body standing on end with electric excitement. I suppose what you are thinking, behind all the fireworks in your head is, “I did that. I moulded that world from nothing.” Being an author is bit like being Thanos with all the Infinity Gems, authors are gods!
How do you come up with a title for your book?
I guess I am a bit basic in that regard. As soon as I have determined the name for the main character then the book is titled too.
How do you pick a cover for your book?
I usually have a very clear picture in my mind for how I want the cover art to look. However, I don’t always have the skill to craft my mental picture into reality (unlike my use of words). Then I am truly blessed as my son is a fantastic artist. He drew the cover art for Shimmer when he was only 8 years old! It’s also one of the benefits of being an indie author, I have full creative control over all aspects including the book covers.
About the Author
Alan Meredith lives in sleepy West Sussex with his wife and two children. He relocated there after suffering a psychosis back in 2000. Writing stories was a childhood love that he lost as he mistakenly believed that imagination had no place in the grown up world.
He likes taking reality and weaving fantastical elements into it. Alan’s writing reflects his belief that life is a journey of highs and lows and the idea that ‘life should be fair’ is an unrealistic expectation to give anyone, especially kids. If you are looking for the sugar coated ‘Happy Ever After’ you have come to the wrong place.
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