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Monday, August 29, 2016

Chit Chat with author Anthony Lavisher!

Welcome Anthony! Thanks for joining me here.  

What inspired you to begin writing? 

Even as a young lad, I would always drift away from where I was and what I should have been doing, writing stories and imagining wild adventures. As my appetite for reading grew with me and I devoured all things Fantasy during my teens, it was upon discovering the work of British author David Gemmell, that my imagination was unleashed and I was inspired to write seriously, not just for a myself and the bottom of a dark drawer.

Why did you focus on this genre?
Growing up with Fantasy, it was, naturally, the first genre that I was drawn to, where my desire to become a writer and tell my own tales came from.

Are you working on any other books?
I have just finished my first edit on ‘Vengeance of a Storm’ my third book and the finale of my Storm Trilogy. I also have tentative chapters written on the book that will follow the conclusion of my trilogy.... though not a fantasy novel... back in a moment, burning my bacon J

Okay, here's a challenge. Sum up your current book in TWO sentences.
It’s the thrilling conclusion to the Storm Trilogy.
You’ll need to read the other two first!

Where can people buy your book?
My books are available to order from all good book stockists, online from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, the Book Depository and direct from myself at

What are the 3 words that best describe you?
Creative, imaginative and inquisitive.

Tell us about your work, away from writing?
As a writer, I am never far from my writing, always thinking, never switching off, but in my other life, I am also surrounded by books, a part-time Library Assistant in Barry Library. Despite the trials of austerity and the challenges the service faces daily, I am always surrounded by my fellow authors and inspired further beyond the safety of the fantasy genre.

What hobbies do you enjoy?
Spending as much time with my wife, be it adventuring in Wales, or travelling further afield together. I love history, especially the Middle Ages, so I enjoy visiting Medieval castles, towns and cities, especially in the UK.
I also enjoy reading, cooking, watching good (and bad) films and, even now, still enjoy playing computer games (I think I am called a ‘Gamer’ these days - but then I did start out with the Atari 2600). I love nature, so I spend a lot of time walking in Wales, enjoying the wildlife and its habitat, which also inspires me with my writing.
And, when the time allows, any sport that involves a racket.

What would people be most surprised to see on your Kindle or bookshelf?
Fifty Shades of.... only joking! 
It would probably be... ‘My Life’ by Bill Clinton.

What are you currently reading?
I have just finished ‘The Lords of the North’ by Bernard Cornwell, Book 3 in the excellent and re-titled ‘Last Kingdom’ Series. I am currently enjoying ‘Veni, Vidi, Vici’ by Peter Jones, which is an enjoyable look at everything you ever wanted, or needed to know about the Roman Empire.

Tell me your 3 favourite authors?
David Gemmell, for his inspiration.
J.R.R Tolkien, for everything.
Terry Brooks, for actually taking the time, all those years ago, to write back to me.

I love music, and always interested in the musical tastes of other people. Tell me your 3 favourite songs, if you can?
That’s a hard one! Music is such a big part of all our lives and can mean many things at different stages of our journey through it. So, in no particular order, here are the ones that spring to mind now!
Queen - Another One Bites the Dust
It was the first Queen song I ever heard and I can recall, as a young child, that my father kept singing it (much to my mum’s annoyance) every time somebody died whilst we were watching ‘Gone with the Wind’ on tv.
Bon Jovi - You Give Love a Bad Name
My friends and I had just finished playing Dungeons and Dragons at his house and came downstairs to watch the last few minutes of Top of the Pops. They were doing a short montage of forthcoming songs and the last one was ‘The Jovi.’ That was it for me.
Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms.
I love Dire Straits. And this song always gets me. First time I heard it wasn’t from the album, it was from an episode of Miami Vice (can’t remember which one) and it still inspires me when I am writing the more poignant scenes.

What song best describes your life?
It’s My Life’ by Bon Jovi.

In the story of your life, who would you like to play you?
Dave Perlmutter or if he is not available I’d love Leonardo Di Caprio, Sean Bean, or Idris Elba.

Who is the person, living or dead, you would most like to spend a day with?
It would be David Gemmell, who sadly passed away suddenly in July 2006. He was the man who inspired me to write. His tales stirred something within me, unlocked my imagination and I would love to sit with him beside the fire and share an adventure, or two.

Finally, what’s next for you? 
Next for me is the release of the final book of the Storm Trilogy (hopefully in October) and then, a modern thriller, set in India. From there, I had better get started on the other six books I have ideas for... actually, make that seven!

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