Author Interview: Alan Baxter

Today, I would like to introduce you to another of our Hope authors – Alan Baxter, author of Duty and Sacrifice.

Please tell us a bit about yourself, Alan.

I’m a British-Australian author living on the south coast of NSW, Australia. I write dark fantasy, sci fi and horror, ride a motorcycle and love my dog. I also teach Kung Fu. My contemporary dark fantasy thriller novels, RealmShift and MageSign, are out through Gryphonwood Press, and my short fiction has appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies in Australia, the US and the UK, including the Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror. I’m also a freelance writer, penning reviews, feature articles and opinion.

Sounds like you have a lot going on in your life. Please tell us about your story in the Hope anthology and what inspired it.

My fiction is often dark and not very hopeful, so writing for an anthology called Hope was quite a challenge. I addressed the subject from a starting point of no hope. I wanted to explore the idea of embracing everything within a person’s control and accepting those things about which we can’t do anything. In that process I wanted to illustrate how hope can emerge from even the most hopeless and unlikely places. With any luck, my story has addressed that idea.

What are you working on at present?

Among other short fiction projects I’m working on polishing up the final draft of my third novel and writing my fourth. I’m also involved with writing a computer game for the education sector.

If you’d like to find out more about Alan and his writing, please visit his website – Alan Baxter Online.

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