Xlibris Publishing introduces Alan Croft, author of There’s Always Risk in Movement.
Please briefly describe your book.
I came of age growing up in Reading, England in the 70s and 80s and took a stroll down memory lane during my second autobiographical novel, There’s Always Risk in Movement. It is a heartfelt snapshot of my journey from boyhood to adulthood and it is a documentation portraying the lives of a group of youths riding the crest of the wave to see where it would end.
Who is the author “behind” the book?
I am originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland and witnessed the effects The Troubles had on the young growing up in a culture of bombings, intimidation and sectarian killings during the 1960s -1970s, and how it became part of everyday life. Later the memories would haunt me and inspired my first novel, Belfast, Tears and Laughter that detailed my experiences during those dark days.
Do you have any particular literary influences that have helped you develop in your genre, subject and style?
Two books that influenced me were, Martin McGartland’s; Fifty Dead Men Walking: The Terrifying True Story of a IRA grass, and Tony Macaulay’s; Paperboy.
What inspired you to write your book, and how long did it take you to finish it?
When I left Northern Ireland for a new life in England I would find that the transition from a culture of violence and political strife to one of peaceful accord was pleasantly uncomplicated. There’s Always Risk in Movement: Tales of Old Reading Town, is an account of the contrasts between these two lifestyles. Within 12 months I had penned the sequel to my first book.
What is the one message you would like to convey to your readers?
The therapy of writing is a powerful tool that helped me to no end and I would recommend it to anyone suffering in silence.
Are you working on a sequel to your book?
Are there any events, marketing ideas or promotions planned for your book?
A home town book promotion.
What was your favorite part of your publishing experience, overall and with Xlibris?
Receiving the first copy of the book.
Finally, what advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Everybody has a story to tell.
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