Who are you? I’m A. L. Butcher (Alexandra) but most people call me Alex.
Tell us about your Boo! story: The Watcher is a rewrite of a short story set during the Autumn of Terror –1888’s London and the killer known to history as Jack the Ripper. He was, and still is, an enigma and has fascinated me for years. I read a lot of true crime and have read most of the theories about his (or her) identity. This is a work of fiction – a might have been. It’s dark, violent and disturbing. But then again it’s meant to be.
What else have your written? Lots. I have a series of dark adult fantasy fiction, which has been called ‘sex and sorcery’. The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles is set in a world where magic is illegal and half the population is enslaved. Please check out my author profile or blog for further details.
I’ve also got several short stories, and short story collections of fantasy tales, a book of poetry and, most recently, a short tragic tale based around the Phantom of the Opera.
What frightens you the most? Clowns, enclosed spaces, cancer.
Have you ever seen a ghost? Probably. There was definitely something there. Our old house had some…. strange habits and I worked in a couple of places with ‘documented’ spooks.
What are you reading at the moment? A book about Woodes Rogers (a local privateer turned pirate hunter), a book about the ‘invention’ of murder by the Victorians, and a book about ancient Rome.
If you could meet any living famous person for dinner who would it be and what would you eat?
Sir David Attenborough. Cheese on toast or my late mother’s steak and kidney stewJ
If you could meet any dead famous person who would be and what would you have to eat?
Terry Pratchett, or Leonardo Da Vinci – same as above.
Which book do you see as the most influential in your life?
Many, many, many books. Phantom of the Opera; Count of Monte Christo; Wuthering Heights; Dracula; most of the Discworld series; Lord of the Rings: I, the Sun; Watership Down, and lots more.
In the zombie apocalypse what would be your weapon of choice with which to defend yourself?
Flamethrower with unlimited fuel, failing that a sword probably.
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A.L. Butcher is the British author of the Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles fantasy series, and several short stories in the fantasy and fantasy romance genres. She is an avid reader and creator of worlds, a poet and a dreamer. When she is grounded in the real world she likes science, natural history, history and monkeys. Her work has been described as ‘dark and gritty’ and her poetry as evocative.