Hi, readers! Today I’m interviewing Richard Acorns, author of the YA dark fantasy series, The Eternals.
Hi, Squirrel! Before we start… it’s Ankers.
Ankers? You’ve lost me.
My name. I’m Richard Ankers.
You called me Richard Acorns.
I did? That’s nuts!
I am so sorry! Let me start again.
Hi, readers! Today I’m interviewing Richard Ankers, author of the brilliant YA dark fantasy series, The Eternals.
What inspired you to write?
The honest answer is, I just had to. It was the showing that writing to other people that was the problem. When I learned of a good friend’s untimely and very sad passing, I decided life was too short. So really, my friend, Peta, was the reason I shared my writing with the world.
What’s your favourite thing that you have written?
I always think the thing I’m presently writing is the best. A desire to get better with each new word powers that. However, I always have a fondness for my novels and short stories. If something is less than a thousand words though, I forget I’ve even written it about five minutes after having done so. I’m terrible!
What’s your favourite thing that someone else has written?
My favourite book is called The Dancers at the End of Time by Michael Moorcock.
What’s the best book you’ve read this year?
I reread Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. I love it.
What are you working on writing now?
I’m working on a new Steampunk/Fantasy trilogy titled The Theatre of the Moon.
What’s the best vacation you’ve had?
Ooh… Either visiting the Ice Hotel in Sweden, or Wengen in Switzerland (I love mountains).
What is your pet hate?
When others get my name wrong.
No. *laughs kindly* I was teasing you.
Okay. I deserved that. What really is your pet hate, and have you ever built it into a character or used it in your writing?
I hate littering; it really gets on my goat, as we say here. I haven’t used that particular foible in my writing, but I might now.
What movie can you watch over and over again?
Lost in Translation
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Anything sporty. I was lucky that I was good at all sports and unlucky that I lost focus because of it.
What’s your favourite season, and why?
I love winter. I’m a verifiable nutcase for snow. I’ve loved the snow ever since reading the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe as a kid.
Who are your three greatest literary inspirations?
Michael Moorcock / Haruki Murakami / Gene Wolfe
Name three people you admire, and give reasons.
I’m not a great admirer of anyone in particular, as I’m not easily impressed. I like people who walk the walk, those who do what they say, not tell others to. Perhaps Nelson Mandela if anyone. I’ve also always had a lot of time for David Attenborough.
What would you like people to know about being an Indie author?
If you’re as shy as me, it’s difficult. The loudest are often the most read, but that doesn’t mean they’re the best. Far from it.
Name two things in life that you wish were easier.
Both of my knees; they’ve got it in for me. Won’t stop me running though.
Where can readers find your books?
The Eternals: http://mybook.to/TheEternals
Hunter Hunted: http://mybook.to/HunterHunted
Into Eternity: http://mybook.to/IntoEternity
Those are great covers!
Where can readers follow you on social media?
Facebook Author: http://facebook.com/richardmankers
Amazon Author: http://author.to/RichardAnkers
Thanks for joining me today, Richard. I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have.
I have, Book Squirrel. Thanks for having me.