We catch up with author and father-of-three Andrew Milner, who turned to writing as a hobby “to keep his brain active.”
1. How long have you been writing books?
I used to be in bands over twenty years ago and would write songs but once I stopped doing that I just wanted to do something to continue the creative side. One night I just started writing a story. This became A Far Reaching Dream which was found in a drawer many years later and published about twenty years after the initial writing.
2. What genre(s) do you write?
I currently have three books published. A Far Reaching Dream and The Hidden Path Home are paranormal romance and also connected and the third Card School is still paranormal without the romance. My next one which will hopefully be out soon will be a complete opposite and is more what I would call a ‘Chick-lit’ and is written as first person as a woman so could be interesting to see my female alter ego. I have also co-written a few children’s books and am currently working on a TV script.
3. What was the first book you had published?
The first book was A Far Reaching Dream. This is about Kate who confesses to her boyfriend that she had an affair on the night that he dies in a car crash. He starts to appear in her dreams and she thinks he is trying to hurt her. Obviously things are not as they seem.
4. What was your favourite book as a child and do you still have a copy of it?
I wouldn’t say I had a favourite book, I was more into comics and got Roy of the Rovers. I only threw them away when I left home at 18!
5. Where do you normally write?
I have an office at home and although I email myself and text myself several times a day with ideas this is where I always do my writing. I don’t like laptops and mobile devices to write on, instead I prefer the traditional way of sitting at a desk.
6. Who is your current favourite author?
I have to confess and say that I am not a huge reader. I have recently read books by Debbie Viggiano, Valerie Wood and M J Arlidge. I am currently reading The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.
7. If you could take just one book to a desert island, what would it be?
101 things to do on a desert island. I hate being bored.
8. If you were not a writer how would you like to share your ideas with others?
I would love to write songs.
9. If you were doing a book signing, who would you most like to come to you with a copy of your book and ask you to sign it with a personal message?
I’d be happy for anyone to turn up and want a book signing. It really is such a huge compliment when people want to read your books.
10. What are your writing ambitions?
To write books that people enjoy and to move into writing for other areas as well e.g. TV.
11. What is the biggest compliment you have been paid as a writer?
When anyone says that they enjoyed a book that I written.
12. Kindle or paperback, which do you prefer?
Personally I prefer paperback.
13. Imagine you have lost your memory and someone gives you one of your own books to read. Would you know you had written it?
No. When I re-read my books as part of the editing process I think “I don’t remember putting that in.”
14. What are you writing at the moment?
My next book is going to be called Note to Self. It is finished now but I am just reading over it. It’s about Emily who is on the verge of becoming fifty when her husband leaves her for a younger model and about how she tries to rebuild her life and start dating again. Hopefully it will make you laugh ....and cry.