Today on Love Books Group Blog, I am delighted to host an author interview with Alex Tresillian for his latest release Blind Justice as part of the
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- What book from your childhood still has a place in your heart today?
So many. I still have – and love to re-read – a lot of books from my childhood. I think I can narrow it down to two absolute favourites: The Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat and The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster.
- Which fictional character stayed with you long after you finished the book?
The Humbug from The Phantom Tollbooth. Unforgettable.
- Can you tell us a little about your journey with your new release?
I started writing it almost as soon as I got the contract for its predecessor, Eyes of the Blind. I always intended if I found a publisher, that it would be the start of a series. When I write a book, I don’t plan the whole thing first, so that makes writing a synopsis very hard for me when I haven’t finished the book as I don’t actually know what is going to happen! I knew that, if I was going to sell the sequel to Matthew at Urbane, I would have to have written a good portion of it, so that I could send him something that at least looked like a synopsis. By the time of the launch event for Eyes of the Blind I was halfway through, and able to show Matthew enough for him to express an interest. We talked over some aspects of the plot and some of his ideas definitely benefited the finished product. The first book ended with a certain amount of unfinished business for the characters, and the challenge – and, indeed, enjoyment – of Blind Justice has been in weaving together an entirely new story with strands of the back story from Eyes of the Blind. For me, that makes for a richer mix of both character and plot. I finished writing it ahead of schedule last summer and have been looking forward to its release ever since. I have recently re-read it as, having been immersed in new projects, I found I had forgotten a lot of the detail. There are things in it that I am definitely proud of.
- Do you get an emotional connection to your character’s?
None of my characters is autobiographical, but I certainly find I care about them, and while I am writing I share their emotional highs and lows. Technically, my narrative style tends to be what they call ‘Third Person Limited’, so the reader is constantly seeing events and situations from one or another character’s point of view. That means, I think, that I am also ‘living’ the story through the lens of the principal characters, which creates a connection, both for me and – hopefully – for the reader as well.
- What was your favourite read of 2017?
Glasshouses by Jackie Buxton. She is a skilful writer and I was totally absorbed. Difficult to pick a favourite, but I think that’s probably it.
- If your book came with a theme song what would it be?
“Search for the hero inside yourself” by M. People. Or, given that Niall Burnet (the main character) identifies with “The Boxer” by Simon and Garfunkel, that could be in the mix as well. And, just because it has “blinded” in the title and is such a great song, “Blinded by the light” by Manfred Man.
- Is the genre you write your favourite to read?
It is definitely a favourite. But I enjoy literary fiction and more challenging reads too.
- If you could ask your readers anything, what would you want to know?
I suppose I would want to know what, if anything, they found weak or unsatisfying about my work, and why. Praise is important, but it’s always useful going forward to know what your readership is hoping for and possibly not getting.
- What are you working on now?
I have two projects on the go: I am nearly half way through the third book in the “Blind” series, hoping that I’ll get a contract for it. I am also working on a novel that is more in the ‘literary fiction’ genre set in London and Lebanon.
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Alex grew up in rural England with a dream to write for a living which never quite came true. He has enjoyed incarnations as a theatre publicity officer, restaurant manager, teacher, teacher trainer, and curriculum developer. Along the way Alex wrote five plays that were performed by students including one, Never Mind the Rain Forests, that was enthusiastically reviewed (3 stars) at the Edinburgh Fringe. Another, Gavin’s Kingdom, received a professional workshop production at the Birmingham Rep. Plays Into Shakespeare, a book for English and Drama teachers that introduced students to the characters in Shakespeare’s plays through short modern-English ‘additional’ scenes, was published by First and Best in Education in 2007.
Alex moved to Abu Dhabi in 2008 with a Lebanese international education company that had a contract to train English teachers and develop curriculum materials. Latterly moved to their Academic Development office in Beirut and wrote two series of books for students from ages eight to sixteen – one on grammar and one on the art of writing. He is now living with his wife of many years in Worcestershire, his children pursuing careers in education, fashion, charity fundraising and web development in places as disparate as Beijing, London and Chesterfield. Alex also enjoys writing stories for his young grandchildren.
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