TSR: What does the word "story"
mean to you?
think I've spent so long staring at the page, writing and rewriting it
depends on the time of day and the stage whatever I'm writing is at. It
means plot, character, ideas, language, point of view... Having said
that I think more than anything else I think that it means conflict.
The one thing that always makes me stop reading a story is when there
is no conflict.
TSR: Do you
have a "reader" in mind when you write stories?
try not to but it creeps in there. It tends to be my wife and my
friends. After a while you sort of identify your ideal reader and if
you are honest you are your own ideal reader.
TSR: Is there
anything you'd like to ask someone who has read your collection,
anything at all?
Will you go to my website and subscribe to my stories by email? Or the
podcast? And would you buy the next one when it comes out please? Did I
mention I have a website? Hang on that's four questions - perhaps I can
rephrase it into one, long, multi-clause question. Come back when I've
done the second draft of that one.
TSR: How does it feel knowing that people are buying your book?
It's weird. But brilliant. And then you look at the stories in there
and think "oh no - they're nowhere near as the stuff I wrote last week"
and get worried that people won't like your stuff as a result. Overall
it has been a great experience and I think there's nothing better than
when someone gets in touch to tell you how much they liked a particular
TSR: What are
you working on now?
AM: I'm working on something a bit special for the new year with a designer friend of mine. It's called 5 Tales of Marvel, Mystery, Murder and Meerkats
and it is going to be an illustrated and hand-bound chapbook type
thing. We have been looking at producing something that was artistic
and collectable, beautifully printed and hand finished as a kind of
counterpoint to the website and online things I have been doing. And of
course I keep myself busy in the meantime with monthly stories on the
website and monthly podcasts there too.