Today I have an interview post as part of the Neverland Blog Tours week-long tour. I hope you enjoy!
Joshua N'Gon is a Fourteen year old foster child from Africa. He has grown up in a loving home in north London and for all intents and purposes he was an ordinary teenager. The reality though could not be further from the truth. Joshua is a mystery wrapped up in an enigma and he is beginning to understand he has a destiny that is far beyond what he could ever have imagined.
On his tenth birthday he receives a mysterious package from his birth parents. He is given articles of technology that even his young mind realized were so far beyond what he knew and understood that they were almost magical. Joshua straps on a tribal hierloom of obvious alien origin – a miraculous multi-tool he calls his RCT– Real Cool Tool that bonds with his arm and is irremovable. And so begin his physical changes too, the headaches, the flashes of genius, the visions and the amnesia.
With his friends Brick and Mina they slowly help him to unravel the mystery of who he is. In the meantime dark corporate forces are gathering in the horizon as Joshua's talents and his interest in finding his family has piqued the curiosity of powerful people. Soon as his life and the life of those he loves are threatened he must come to grips with his gifts and the miraculous alien technology that founded his people.
Hi Anthony, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
1. What were you like at school?
I loved school especially English and the sciences. I loved reading and sport. Growing up in Jamaica for me made the experience of primary, High School and college more magical. Great friends, culture and the many experiences contributed to my signature writing style. My memories of school helped a lot in writing Joshua N’Gon: Last prince of Alkebulahn.
2. What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I’d like to see all my work featured in every media possible. Comics, Stage, TV and Film.
3. What are you working on at the minute?
I’m working on book two in the adventures of Joshua N’Gon The Last Prince of Alkebulahn and a supernatural thriller for adults.
4. What genre are your books?
I write in the Thriller, Sci-Fi and Horror genres under a pseudonym. As Anthony Hewitt I write Young Adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy.
5. How much research do you do?
A lot but it’s fun. The thing with my writing is I’m able to call on the history, mythology and culture in and around my African Caribbean roots. This is seldom done, so its another aspect that sets my writing apart.
6. Do you write full-time or part-time?
7. What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
Writing from a Young Adults point of view was challenging.
8. Do you ever get writer’s Block?
9. Do you have any tips for overcoming writers block?
Read a lot. Explore topics you would not normally delve into. It will open new pathways and provide you with new ideas.
10. What do you think of “trailers” for books?
I love the idea of trailers. Because I’m a film fanatic, I’m very visual. This should be one of the standard marketing tools for authors, but production costs can be high for a quality product.
11. How long does it take you to write a book?
Under a year.
12. Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Because of my African Caribbean heritage, I use many ideas, stories, histories, superstitions that are a part of my culture and combine them with my love for sci-fi, horror and action adventure.
13. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
There are so few quality protagonists of colour in Young Adult and genre fiction.
14. If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
15. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
We live in a period where it has never been easier to reach out and engage with readers. If you are willing to work hard at your craft and understand the process involved in the brave new world of self-publishing and marketing, you too can fulfil a dream of being an author.
Anthony has been writing for over 15 years. Mainly writing for mature readers, his genre of choice has always been speculative fiction. The YA category is such an exciting category that he wanted to include a diverse set of character with a different cultural perspective. He’s enjoyed himself so much he intends to keep creating fantastic new stories for a 12+ audience.
Book website: www.thelastprince.co.uk
2x hardback copies of the book
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