Alex Laybourne is an amazing man who I’m proud to know. He is a dedicated family man that loves his wife and children more than anything. He has a wonderful sense of humor and I always enjoy talking with him. I first met Alex when an ad with his book No Zombies Please We Are British crossed my Facebook page. The cover was striking and I was amazed and wanted to know more about the man with this book. I’m so glad that I did as he has become a valued friend. Everything I have read by him is well written and the stories flow seamlessly. If you have not read a book by this brilliant man you must. He is one to watch and see what the future has in store for him. Please take the time to introduce yourself and to read something he has written. You will not be sorry! Please welcome Alex Laybourne to Roadie Notes…….
1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
I remember writing a story when I was probably about six or seven years old. It was about a pilot who had survived a plane crash and was horribly disfigured. He told his story like to anybody who would listen. I remember writing it and thinking of people out camping, listening to it being told around the camp fire. It was about three pages long, and I remember being so proud of it.
2. How many books have you written?
I think about fifteen. Some are no longer in print, and I have two that, as of today as waiting to be published. One this month and one in October. I have written ten novels for Severed Press, and have a self-published vampire horror novel also.
3. Anything you won’t write about?
No, I don’t think so. I don’t think there is a single topic that cannot be written about providing the setting and the message is correct. There are plenty of topics I would not write about if I felt that the style of the story or the connotations people could draw from that topic could be considered offensive. Rape for example. I have written about rape before, but I would not do so if it meant glorifying rape, or in any way suggesting that rape was acceptable.
4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
I am currently *gulp* 32. That being said, having 5 kids aged 9 and under certainly make that number seem a lot larger, possible even double, especially at the end of the day. I’m kind of like one of those stupid riddles. Who is 32 at the start of the day, disregards authority like a teenager during the 9-5 working day and is then 64 come evening time … this guy, right here! 😉
I have a day job working for a software company in the aviation industry. I am a product manager, meaning I oversee the development of the product, writing up the development stories, and development plans, selecting the order in which things will be developed, and signing them off for release to customers. It is pretty good fun, if not infuriating at times. Luckily I always have a string of writing podcasts on hand to keep me from getting too bored while I am chained to the desk.
5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
That is a tough one. I am going to say Diaries of the Damned, my first zombie novel. I mean, I love the story, and how it unfolds, but writing it was also such a fun experience. I originally published it as 10 chapter books, each one telling the unfolding story from a different character’s perspective. Each book expanded the story, and offered some more answers, until the ending saw them get compiled, leaving our heroes to discover the truth. The ending changed as I wrote the books, but the finished product is great. Individually you have 10 stories, but together they tell one larger story.
I keep meaning to write a sequel for it, but never seem to get around to it.
6. Who or what inspired you to write?
I have always written. Whether it was to help me express myself, in moments of joy and despair, or simple because I had an idea that just had to be written down for fear I would burst as a result of keeping it locked up. I started reading Stephen King when I was around nine, or so. I fell in love with the Books of Blood, by Clive Barker, discovering them quite late in life – late for a thirty-something at least.
There are two people I owe my writing to, Eric S Brown and Joe Mynhardt – if you have no already, you really should check out Crystal Lake Publishing. If it was not for these two individuals, I would have stopped writing a few years ago, and walked away from everything I had worked towards.
There are plenty of others writers out there whom I admire and look up to. Armand Rosamilia, Paul Flewitt, Jake Bible, Paul E Cooley, Michael Bray, the list goes on and on. I just read a short story by Dave de Burgh – in Tales from Lake: Volume 3 – that just blew my mind.
7. What do you like to do for fun?
I live to write. I love to read and travel. I love playing with my kids and watching TV with my wife. Heck, there are even days (but don’t tell anybody) where I enjoy going to work. I am a pretty simple guy. I get worked up by things, sometimes small things, but who doesn’t. I am happy with where I am and like to find fun in everything I do. If I don’t find it fun, I don’t keep doing it.
8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
Yes, when I finish a book, I always start writing the next one. No rest for the wicked, or the man looking to earn enough money to maybe take his family on holiday for once. Next year, there is always next year.
9. Where do you write? Quite or music?
I write wherever I can. Waiting for the bus, on the days it decides not to turn up, and on the train. I have a good 40-minute train journey each way every day, so I get some good work done then. I write in the office, mainly during my lunch break. I write at home, on the sofa, and have been known to scribble a few words in bed.
My life is kind of hectic, so any chance I have to write is taken. I have developed quite the speed at typing one-handed, with the laptop resting on the arm of a chair, while feeding the baby a bottle.
10. Anything you would change about your writing?
I would love to change the amount of money it brings in.
I mean I love writing for Severed Press, and I am having a ball working on the novels for them. They are very much examples of me growing as a writer. Each one is an education. I try something else, something new. Each one is me trying to, not find my voice, I am pretty sure I have that, but fine tune my voice.
11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
My dream is to be ridiculously wealthy. I don’t mean rich, I mean super rich, because I am a little kid on the inside. J The strange part is, even in my dreams I always earned my wealth. Not through writing, necessarily, but simply from working. I am not afraid of getting my hands dirty, and would not want anything to be handed to me on a plate. I want to earn everything I get, but yes, to be impossible rich is something that often bounces around my dreams.
There are plenty of others, but they are far more boring.
12. Where do you live?
I currently live in The Netherlands, in a small (ish) town on the coast. Katwijk aan Zee is the name of the town, and it is quite lovely.
Nope. Over the years we have had cats and a dog, but we always needed to re home them due to varying issues. Hopefully one day though.
14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
I really enjoy the entire process. Sure, editing can be a drag, and may be the least enjoyable aspect, but without it, a book would never get finished. From the inception of an idea to the butterflies of release day, every step in the process is enjoyable to me, making every part my favourite. Alright, maybe being able to kill people without having to worry about hiding the bodies is a plus point. Do you have any idea how quickly a crawl space fills up? Not to mention the strange looks you start getting asking the dry cleaners to get a plum jam stain out of your clown costume for the twelfth time in fourteen months … I may have said too much.
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