Today our guest is Jack Croxall, author of yesterday’s book “X”. If you missed the review here is a link. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-50O
Let’s find out more about Jack.
Where is your home town?
It’s a tiny little village in Nottinghamshire, England (Winkburn) – it’s so beautiful, I love it!
How long have you been writing?
Since I could hold a pen! I used to make little booklets and magazines when I was a kid (mostly stories about dinosaurs and sharks) but I started ‘seriously writing’ when I was at university. I started writing bits and bobs for student publications, and then began writing fiction. I published my first novel at the beginning of last year.
Where did the idea for “X” come from?
Even though it only came out towards the end of last year, I’d actually been mulling X over in my mind for a very long time – I can’t remember the first bit of work I did on it! The reason I suddenly veered forwards with the story was because I finally worked out the theme, and, with it, X’s real plight. Before that all I really had was a setting and a character; nothing to tie them together in any meaningful way.
What are the “Uglies”?
They’re meant to be the undead, but the undead as I specifically imagine them. I’m writing a full novel set in the same world and I go into far more detail about them in that. In X I guess they’re kind of whatever the reader wants them to be.
Have you considered making the short story longer?
Not really, I think the nature of X’s predicament means the story just can’t be very long. The upcoming novel revolves around four different characters and a different storyline, there will be a few Easter eggs for anyone who’s read X though.
The world of books is so huge that I’ve not come across your work before, what genre or genres to you write in?
I write in the YA genre at the moment, but I always like to try and include elements of other genres too; mystery, horror, historical and thriller are my favourites.
Can you tell us about your “Tethers Trilogy”?
Of course! Tethers is a Victorian fantasy, steampunk-y, YA-y and adventure-y series set in rural England. It follows two teenagers, Karl and Esther, across three books as they become embroiled in a kind of conspiracy involving various otherworldly artefacts and a whole host of sinister characters. The first two books (Tethers and Unwoven) deal with themes of fate, grief and obsession.
What are you working on at the moment?
The final Tethers book and my zombie novel simultaneously – both are coming on well!
Do you have an expected publication date for fans?
Well each Tethers book has come out in February, so I’m aiming for the third to come out in Feb 2015 to follow the trend. As for the zombie novel, I really have no idea!
Where can fans find out more about you and your work?
The best place is my website: www.jackcroxall.co.uk everyone is always welcome!!
Thank you Jack, I look forward to reading more of your work.