Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
27yr old Asia-based English writer; novelist, polemicist and poet. A full-time surfer in Bali, and a poet in pursuit of love, truth, beauty and wisdom in the fleeting dream we call life.
I’ve written five books, and have published four of them. “Jackboot Britain”, written whilst living in Spain in 2011, did reasonably well for a debut. Two books followed, during three years lived in Thailand, before I moved to Bali, Indonesia.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
“The Atheist Bible” – a burlesque, philosophical, humorous, spiritual, and scientific case against the menace of theism and organised religion, by Daniel S. Fletcher.
Neither physicist, nor biologist, merely a humble, cocky, vaguely eloquent kid, with a polemic against the tyrannical conditions imposed on man by man, ‘divinely’ mandated by the ancient superstitions of the illiterate desert. This is a contribution to the war of ideas – for humanism over barbarism; poetry over pogroms; literature over scripture; sex over slaughter; science over sedition; species over tribe; irony over immolation, and the triumph of philosophy, science, reason and morality over the archaic and totalitarian commandments and divisive preachments of doctrine.
Wisdom begins in wonder – knowledge is power! Viva la libertad!
My last book was “The Acid Diary” – a novel based on time spent in a secluded enclave in Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand. My next will be a novella, “The Boy from Buenos Aires” or the sequel and prequel to “Jackboot Britain” – “Jackboot Russia” and “Jackboot Spain”.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I surf first, or imbibe a mind-altering substance. Being surrounded by coconut trees is necessary. Coffee. Rat-tail of vyvance. If something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
George Orwell and Aldous Huxley for their insight and wisdom into the human condition circa the first half of the 20th century, and their understanding and enunciation of the nature of power, influence and dictatorship and those who seek it.
Huxley’s understanding of the world continues to bear relevance now, half a century after his death, not to mention his pioneering writing on psychedelic drugs. Orwell was a habitual truth-seeker who experienced imperialist/capitalist, fascist and communist tyranny first-hand in his remarkable life, and it made him the literary titan that he was; that, and a great deal of personal fortitude and courage.
Beyond them, William Shakespeare enunciated the key truths of our human condition and provided moral and ethical comment of a nature that no cult, creed or religion ever could. A special and one of a kind writer, the likes of which we’ll possibly/probably never see again.
Orwell, Huxley and Shakespeare are special to me, but there’s tons of others whose work I appreciate. Charles Dickens, William Blake, Faulks, Tolkien, J.K Rowling, Tolstoy, Thompson, Dostoyevsky, Solzhenitsyn, Hitchens, PK Dick, Alan Moore… too many to name.
What are you working on now?
“The Boy from Buenos Aires”
“The Last Lions of Asia”
“Short Story & Flash Fiction Anthology”
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
No lo sé, hombre. I just wing it and hope for the best. Occasional spam. Word of mouth. Luck. ‘The Force’. No sé.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
“If you’re going through Hell – keep going!”
~Warmonger and lunatic Winston Churchill
What are you reading now?
Nabokov, Dostoyevsky, Dick, Iggulden, Shakespeare and Blake.
I just gave Romeo & Juliet, The Tempest and Hamlet a read through. It’s still intimidating. While there’s almost certainly no ‘intelligent design’ or creating force in this vast cosmos of pitiless destruction and merciless annihilation, on an incalculable scale, it seems incredible that even such a majestic and indifferent universe somehow produced William Shakespeare.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Glory. Ropes parting, doors opening, champagne falling from the heavens.
Hasta la victoria, siempre.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Too many to list.
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