Author Name: A. L. Butcher
Remembering Warriors is a commemorative Bundle – Why is it important to you to support these causes? My father fought in Aden (now Yemen) and was wounded in action – losing most of the sight in one eye. Friends of his did not come home from that conflict. Soldiers around the world – both past and present have given so much to secure liberty and the freedoms most of us take for granted. This is forgotten, often. The Armed Forces don’t just fight – they support, they save and they do what many of us can’t even comprehend. War is started by politicians, well away from the front lines, but it is fought by men and women who face death or disablement every day, often for a cause they don’t understand.
My mother served in Princess Alexandra’s nursing corps.
The Royal British Legion supports service personnel and their families in a variety of ways. My father lives in a British Legion care home and is well supported by them.
Do you have anyone you remember who was wounded or fought in war (either past or present)? My father, obviously but also my grandmother’s brother William who died in 1916 in the Somme. We only found out what happened to him about 20 or so years ago.
Please tell us about your publications. I have a dark fantasy series – The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles. Currently, there are three books but I am working on book IV. You can check the blog for details.
My companion series of short stories set in the same world are the Tales of Erana – currently two novellas, and a short story collection.
In the Remembering Warriors Bundle I have Outside the Walls – a fantasy/historical fiction short written with Diana L. Wicker. It has just won a reader award!
Are you a ‘pantser’ or a ‘plotter’? Panster! Definitely! I don’t stick to plots – the stories go where they are going to – or not.
If you could have dinner with any literary character who would you choose, and what would you eat? I’d throw a dinner party for The Count of Monte Cristo, The Phantom of the Opera, Tempus, and the Discworld’s Death. I’d say bring one course of your choice. They’d definitely be cake.
What are your views on authors commenting on reviews? Don’t. Really don’t.
What’s the best advice you’ve received about writing/publishing? Write what you want to read. Don’t worry about what is popular now – it might not be popular next week. If you write a story you yourself want to read then the chances are other people will want to read it too.
What’s the worst piece of advice you’ve received about writing/publishing? There’s a lot of it about! Worst advice – No one reads self-published books. That simply isn’t the case. For a start, I read them, and I know many others who do now. It is true that there are some bad quality and poorly written SP books but the same can be said of traditionally published books. I have read plenty of them! Attitudes are changing, fortunately. Of course, there needs to be quality, well-written work but many authors use professional editors, great cover artist and produce professional books.
If you could be any fantasy/mythical or legendary person/creature what would you be and why? I’m going to be predictable and say a dragon. I mean who wouldn’t want to be a flying firebreather that’s practically unkillable?
Other than that probably Circe from Greek myth
What is the last book you’ve read? Star Trek the New Voyages 2. Yeah, yeah I am a nerd.
Is this the age of the e-book? Are bricks and mortar bookshops in decline? Yes. Books are far more accessible now than ever before. E-books tend to be cheaper, take up much less room and can be bought in a bigger range of locations. I haven’t been in an actual bookshop for ages, although I do love wandering around them. On the other hand, I know plenty of people who much prefer reading printed books and abhor e-books. For me it is far easier to order online and have the e-book, or the paperback sent to me than to get into the centre of the city to go to Waterstones. I have a disability and travelling is stressful, and difficult. Why would I do that when I can just order online? That said I will visit a bookshop if I am out and about.
There is something a bit more tangible about a printed book, I supposed. It all depends whether one sees a book as the physical object where the words live, or the words themselves.
How important is writing to you? I find it a great release. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t making up stories, so storytelling has been part of my life for a long time. I’m creative, and imaginative, all those stories and people would probably drive me out of my mind if I didn’t let them play. Creativity – be it music, art, literature, architecture, etc. is what makes us human. And free. To make something from nothing is supreme freedom.
British-born Alexandra Butcher (a/k/a A. L. Butcher) is an avid reader and creator of worlds, a poet, and a dreamer, a lover of science, natural history, history, and monkeys. Her prose has been described as ‘dark and gritty’ and her poetry as evocative. She writes with a sure and sometimes erotic sensibility of things that might have been, never were, but could be.
Alex is the author of the Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles and the Tales of Erana lyrical fantasy series. She also has several short stories in the fantasy, fantasy romance genres with occasional forays into gothic style horror. With a background in politics, classical studies, ancient history and myth, her affinities bring an eclectic and unique flavour in her work, mixing reality and dream in alchemical proportions that bring her characters and worlds to life.
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Remembering Warriors Bundle
In commemoration of the World War One Centenary
One hundred years ago, in 1918, the Great War ended after four terrible years. Never had the world seen such a conflict. All touched by its scythe hoped we would never be thusly reaped again. Their hopes were but desperate dreams. Since that first armistice, there have been many more battles, and thousands have given their lives or their health to preserve freedom and escape from tyranny.
A hundred years after the first armistice we still remember and honour those brave souls. But still, the soldiers fall, for the War to End All Wars did not.
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Comrades in Arms by Kevin J Anderson https://bundlerabbit.com/products/detail/comrades-arms
Outside the Walls by A.L. Butcher and Diana L. Wicker https://bundlerabbit.com/products/detail/outside-walls
Norman Blood by Barbara G. Tarn https://bundlerabbit.com/products/detail/norman-blood
The Rise of a Warrior by Harvey Stanbrough https://bundlerabbit.com/products/detail/rise-warrior
Total War by Russ Crossley https://bundlerabbit.com/products/detail/total-war
Resonant Bronze by J.M, Ney-Grimm https://bundlerabbit.com/products/detail/resonant-bronze
Siren by Blaze Ward https://bundlerabbit.com/products/detail/siren
The Museum of Modern Warfare by Kristine Kathryn Rusch https://bundlerabbit.com/products/detail/museum-modern-warfare
Nothing for Nothing by Harvey Stanbrough https://bundlerabbit.com/products/detail/nothing-for-nothing
The Rescue by Blaze Ward https://bundlerabbit.com/products/detail/nothing-for-nothing
Soldier, Storyteller by Linda Maye Adams https://bundlerabbit.com/products/detail/soldier-storyteller
Heroes of Old by Russ Crossley https://bundlerabbit.com/products/detail/heroes-old
With a Broken Sword by Stefon Mears https://bundlerabbit.com/products/detail/with-broken-sword
10% of the royalties from the Remembering Warriors bundle will go to the http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/ plus another 10% to https://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/ two charities that support wounded and ex-service personnel and their families, in commemoration of the World War I centenary.