Alex Hughes contacted me about his debut book, Clean, and I asked him to be a guest. I will admit I was a little sceptical about the book. Clean is a futurustic paranormal but to my relief it is not the over the top 'everyone has a robot' kind. It is actually a thrilling mystery which involves telepathy, addiction, a lack of computers and some flying cars. I loved it!
Clean, the first in the Mindspace Investigations series and my review will be coming soon. Until then there is a nice blog post from the author which I hope you all will enjoy. Then make sure you enter the contest for your chance to win a copy of the debut!
How I Got Into Writing
A blog post by Alex Hughes
I actually wrote my first novel when I was very young – too young to know better I was reading a book one day and decided I wanted to write one. I went to my mom and said, “I want to write a novel.” God bless her, she didn’t even blink. Instead, she said, “Then you should write a novel. Let’s get you a document on the computer.” I think she was surprised when she came back to several scenes a few hours later. After that, one of her answers to me complaining about being bored was, “why don’t you go work on your novel?” My parents never made a big deal about it, but they always made it very clear they thought it was completely within my capabilities.
Meanwhile my favorite grandfather handed me a copy of Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonflight. I was hooked and read everything she wrote - a whole new world opened up for me, with dragons and heros and heroines, with death that rained from the sky and harpers who changed the world. Then I found The Ship Who Searched at the library, and the book touched me so deeply and brought me such joy that I decided that this was what I wanted to do with my life – this novel thing. I decided then and there I wanted to be a writer.
Of course learning how to be a writer, how to write good books complete strangers would want to read, takes a very long time. For me, it took fifteen years, multiple teachers, hundreds of rejections, and more than one crisis of faith. But I stuck with it, and I didn’t give up. I kept getting better, and after many years, my hard work paid off. The Call from the editor arrived.
I went to the bookstore this last week and saw my name – my name! – on the shelf next to big name authors. My childhood self – and my grandfather – would be so, so proud.
This one’s for you, grandpa.
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