Updated Link for UK readers searching for my books on Amazon.co.UK
Updated Link for UK readers searching for my books on Amazon.co.UK
It’s at this time of year that our thoughts turn to festive things like Peace on Earth, Goodwill to all men*, and assassinating the Commander-In-Chief of the United States of America. So to keep in with the spirit of the season, my novella Shall We Kill The President ? is on sale at 50% off at Smashwords.
Simply follow the link and use the promotional code SEY50 at the checkout. Offer lasts until January 1st 2018
OK I was just trying to explain to someone on Twitter today why my recent work, A Fairy Story By Any Other Name, is in fact light and fluffy enough to appeal to a Rom Com reader.
This got me thinking, what if I, Alex Sumner, actually tried to write Rom Com for real?
I have been giving this some thought, and already I’ve come up with some putative titles:
My attention was caught today by this in the otherwise reliable Daily Telegraph:
A university lecturer claims to have photographed fairies in the Rossendale Valley in Lancashire
Yeah, I know it looks like a load of insects, but that’s what the man says!
Anyway, my novel, “A Fairy Story By Any Other Name,” is now available from Amazon, and is the story of a magician undertaking a perilous astral journey to save a girl whom he believes to Otherkin Fae. As such, as a work of fiction it is therefore more realistic than this so-called Fairy Story from Lancashire! Click here for more details of how to get a free copy.
Shock! Horror! Sordid revelations! These are just some of the tabloid-style headlines which have nothing to do with my “Interview” at Smashwords.com. Instead, you will get fascinating information about my background, influences, my thoughts on the writing profession, and the real story behind my latest book Taromancer.
Smashwords is the website if you want one of my ebooks in a format other than Amazon Kindle. Taromancer will be available therefrom from March 11th 2014 onwards.
For more information, see:
G’day. Those nice people at Amazon are starting up an Australian version of the site, which means that all my fans Down Under are now able to purchase my books! Who knows – if I sell enough I’ll be able to come over in person and visit!
Mexico has given the world so many valuable things, such as Tequila, Chili Con Carne, Mescaline, Carlos Castaneda, the Aztecs and Chocolate. Now, by way of saying thank you, my books are on sale there!
Yes! You now have the opportunity to buy my books in Kindle format from Amazon’s new Mexican site. See here for more details.
I am participating in a blog hop of Visionary Fiction Authors. For more details, please see Sandy Nathan’s YOUR SHELF LIFE.
Anyway, here are my answers to some questions she’s posed:
“How To Cast A Love Spell” – a novella, in the series “The Demon Detective, and other stories.”
A friend of mine said to me “Alex, why don’t you write a post on your website about how to cast a love spell?” After giving this some thought I decided to make it the theme of a new fictional story, instead of a blog post per se. I thought that discussing the issues involved – both how to cast a love spell, and why it is not necessarily a clever idea to do so – would sound a lot more fun and interesting if cast in the form of an adventure story, than if I were to just write something sententious and preachy about it.
Dark fantasy, with a large dash of (cough) “Romance.”
Guy Shepardson, the lead-male character, would have to be someone with suave, dark, good-looks, perhaps like Johnny Depp. The lead-female character would have to be someone very beautiful and with a commanding screen presence – like Angelina Jolie.
Basically, my story is the one they should have adapted to film, instead of that god-awful mess “The Tourist.”
“Fifty Shades Of Satan.”
Probably the former, unless something drastic happens in the next couple of months.
It’s still a WIP! I do find, though, that it’s going very quickly – probably because I myself enjoy the story so much.
The nearest analogue I suppose would be the paranormal romance stories of Christine Feehan. This book will be nothing like Feehan’s though. I deliberately go in a different direction and follow my own path.
Apart from my friend coming up with the original idea (see my answer to question 2), it is generally inspired by a demonic grimoire known as The Goetia. I should hasten to point out that demonic-magick is a complex matter. The issues raised are akin to Jungian notions of integrating the Shadow into the Self, rather than a straightforward Manichean good-vs-evil duality.
Apart from a large number of scenes of extremely lusty wish-fulfillment on the part of the lead-female character, it does actually contain details of real magick in it!
Apparently I have been tagged by Maria Savva in a blog tour! I therefore present my own answers to the questions they have been asking.
Q. Where were you born and where do you live at the moment?
A. Essex – I was born in the London suburbs, but now I have moved out nearer to the coast.
Q. Have you always lived and worked in Britain or are you based elsewhere at the moment?
A. Pretty much, except for when I was a student, when I lived for a year in the Netherlands.
Q. Which is your favourite part of Britain?
A. Probably the West End of London, as that is where I often go out to enjoy myself.
Q. Have you ‘highlighted’ or ‘showcased’ any particular part of Britain in your books? For example, a town or city; a county, a monument or some well-known place or event?
A. Not as an ongoing theme. I set “The Magus,” my first book, in London because I knew the locations so well. I deliberately set the following books elsewhere to show that the characters were venturing through “unknown territory” both literally and metaphorically.
Q. There is an illusion – or myth if you wish – about British people that I would like you to discuss. Many see the ‘Brits’ as ‘stiff upper lip’. Is that correct?
A. I think it is an old-fashioned concept which, like male-chauvinism, has been or is being rendered obsolete by the rise of feminism. It might have been true before the age of Women’s Lib but it is increasingly not so. I think it is because in today’s world men now have to justify their behaviour to both men -and- women, instead of just justifying it to other men. Nevertheless, there are still plenty of older British men who are still like that.
Q. Do any of the characters in your books carry the ‘stiff upper lip’? Or are they all ‘British Bulldog’ and unique in their own way?
A. I made Detective Inspector Toby Croft, the senior male detective in “The Magus,” like that due to the fact that he is an old-fashioned type of guy.
Q. What are you currently working on?
A. I have recently done a revision of my first novel, “The Magus.” I am also writing a tale about the Law of Attraction (Cosmic Ordering, Manifesting, The Secret, etc), and how different characters get to grips with it in different ways.
Q. How do you spend your leisure time?
A. Conjuring angels, demons, and non-corporeal beings of a morally dubious nature; playing Enochian Chess; indulging in Tarot, Astrology, and related disciplines; and plotting the fate of the new world order with other members of the Illuminati. This is actually more fun than it at first sounds, as they generally hold all their meetings on licenced premises.
Q. Do you write for a local audience or a global audience?
A. Global. As much as I love my native land, it only amounts to 10% of the potential world audience for ebooks in the English language.
Mind you, I may have harmed my sales in the USA with the title of the story Shall We Kill The President? – some illiterate red-necks did not realise it was meant to be a work of fiction! 😦
Q. Can you provide links to your work?
Over at the the Wild Hunt I notice that the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Florida has decided that certain named types of pagans – including Wiccans and Odinists – cannot be Freemasons. Here is a scan of the edict:
Now, get this. As far as I understand Freemasonry, the authorities he has cited as part of his edict – the Landmarks, and the charge of a Freemason – are entirely correct. However he seems to have excluded a number of things from his consideration, to wit:
The Volume of the Sacred Law is not necessarily a specific book (e.g. the Bible), but that which constitutes the revelation from heaven which is binding on the conscience of the individual. Hence, it would be the Holy Book of the religion of the candidate being initiated – and indeed, non-Christians are allowed to swear their G.’. and S.’.O.’. on the Holy Book of their choice, e.g. the Tanakh, Koran, Zend Avesta, etc. It is my understanding of Freemasonry, therefore, that one may become a Mason so long as one believes in a God, who is the G.’.A.’.O.’.T’.’.U.’. from one’s own point of view, and one is prepared in all good conscience to swear on a Holy Book of one of the world’s religions.
Furthermore, the GM of Florida has managed to discriminate against pagans, without exercising discrimination! Whilst Agnosticism probably isn’t compatible with the craft, Gnosticism and Paganism are far too general terms to bandy about and there is a lack of explanation as to what is exactly wrong with Wiccan and Odinism. The thing is, religious and political discussions are banned within craft lodges anyway, so once they are in, they cease to be members of different religions and are simply Brothers of one Craft. It is within my personal knowledge that there are many pagans who are Freemasons, though not within Florida in the United States.
Now let me tell you a little story. In my novella, Shall We Kill The President? I described a conversation between a taxi driver and a Vampire in the Deep South of America.
“The bus-boycott was when, exactly?” Elijah said.
“You’re from out-of-state, right?” the driver said. “Just cause it’s fifty years gone don’t mean attitudes change much in these parts.”
“Tell me about it,” Elijah muttered.
“Like when I joined the Masons,” the driver continued. “Whenever I tried going to a Lodge in this state, immediately they go to ‘refreshment’ soon as I walk in the door. ‘So, Bros,’ I sez to ’em, ‘when we gone from refreshment to labour again? Ain’t you got a ritual today?’ But they just plain ignore me as if I ain’t there. I gets the message real quick, and take mysel’ down to Prince Hall sharpish, if you know what I’m sayin’.”
“Huh!” Elijah snorted. He paused, before adding: “So how do you join the Masons? The Prince Hall ones, I mean.”
“Oh, you just need to believe in God and that you’re goin’ to Heaven when you die,” the driver said. “Why? Does that sound like something which appeals to you?”
Elijah frowned. “No,” he said.
The fact of the matter is that although dressed as fiction, the experience described by the taxi-driver is a real-life phenomenon experienced by African-Americans who are either Masons or who want to become Masons in certain parts of America. I know this because it was related to me by an American Mason – in the state of Florida.
That’s right: the unpalatable truth is that pagans might feel aggrieved because they can’t become Masons in Lodges warranted by the Grand Lodge of Florida, but black Masons have been discriminated against in the same state for far longer than just November 2012. The problem is far more serious than pagans seem to realise.