Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Author Interview – Richard Abbott

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What are you most proud of in your personal life?

I don’t really have an answer for that. Family events, and the way we have mutually supported one another in difficult times, would come very high up.

What books did you love growing up?

I devoured a great many science fiction and fantasy books from my home town’s public library, and of them all Andre Norton has stuck in my mind for the sheer variety of her imagination and breadth of topics addressed. Some of her writing has “aged well” though other parts are now very dated. Among historical fiction authors from this stage of my life Henry Treece and Rosemary Sutcliff stand out, with CS Forester a little later. I kept revisiting Five Children and It (Edith Nesbit) and was enthralled by its imaginative sweep. Likewise Narnia, which I am still convinced can be reached somehow.

Who is your favorite author?

Hm, that’s difficult, and has changed from time to time. Probably my all-time favourite is Ursula LeGuin, but there are others who come very close.

What book genre of books do you adore?

That’s very hard, because in any genre there are books I like and books I don’t. I really like historical fiction, but not all of it. Some books in this genre are too violent for my liking, and some are vastly irritating because of their wild inaccuracies or improbabilities. I like a lot of science fiction, but by no means all. I like a lot of fantasy, but cannot get excited by most of the vampire romance stories which largely dominate this market just now.

What book should everybody read at least once?

I don’t think this has a single answer. But in general terms, I would urge people to find books that grip at as many levels as possible of their psyche – inspiring the mind, gripping the emotions, and stirring the body’s reactions. But a book that would do that for me might fail completely for you.

Milk & Honeyed Land

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Genre – Historical Fiction

Rating – PG13

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