Happy Sunday! Thank you so far for the continued support. Now, without further ado, it’s time for our next Author Interview. I’m pleased to introduce Carl England. This interview reminds me of why I write in the first place… for the love of writing! He writes mystery/thrillers and some sci-fi/fantasy. He has books out in both genres and can be found on Amazon. Please feel free to check out Carl England on Facebook and Amazon.
Are you an indie author or a traditionally published author?
Both. I have self-published on Amazon and also have a novel published with World Castle Publishing.
Tell me a little about your writing journey, thus far.
I have been writing since grade school. Honestly, I did not write well back then, but I was writing. (I have improved since then.) I began submitting stories to magazines about ten years ago but received no offers for publication. I had this one novel inside me that just had to be written, and that one I submitted to my publisher.
Do you write under a pseudonym? If so explain why.
Yes and no. I write mysteries/thrillers using my real name. I write Science Fiction/Fantasy under the name C.J. Nash. I want people to associate the author name with a particular genre.
What genre do you write and why?
Mysteries and thrillers because I once belonged to a government agency that provides such good stories. Science Fiction and Fantasy because there is no limit to my imagination when writing in that genre.
What are you currently working on?
My second book in the Alphabet Soup series has been submitted to my publisher (Still waiting to hear from them.) But instead of writing the third (and last?) installment of the Alphabet Soup series, I decided to take a break and write an adventure entitled “Five Million Reasons.”
What inspired you to write your books?
I am compelled to write. I have always been a writer. I would write even if there were no possibility of being published.
What are your top 5 favorite books?
John Grisham – Runaway Jury
Robert A. Heinlein – Glory Road
Isaac Asimov – The Foundation Trilogy
Larry Niven – Ringworld
Patricia D. Cornwell – Hornet’s Nest
What does literary success look like to you?
Lots of people enjoying my books. And reviews. I would love to have reviews.
How many hours a day do you write? What is your writing routine?
About two hours a day. I currently have a full-time job and can’t devote as much time to writing as I would like. I write in the evenings after I have eaten dinner. Also if I have an idea that needs to be written down and I can find the time, I will do a little writing while I’m at work. (Don’t tell my boss!)
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it be and why?
Lewis Caroll’s Alice in Wonderland. His brilliant imagination did weave such a wondrous canvas to capture the thoughts of the reader.
What advice would you like to give to aspiring authors?
Write. Nothing happens until the words are on paper (or in your word processor.) Write every day and, if you are not writing, edit what you have written. And read. Reading the works of others is the best training a writer can get.
Alyssa Rose has always been an avid reader with a burning passion for writing. A lover of all things magical and a hankering for fantastical quests! Follow her on her socials — TikTok, Facebook, Pinterest, Amazon, Goodreads (under Alyssa Rose or Binding Fate), and Instagram.