Featured Friday! Tony Duxbury
Tony was born in North London in 1955. He left school at 16 without qualifications, found work as a trainee in a commercial art studio and left after two years to travel. That became the main passion in his life, having visited 28 countries so far. His jobs have ranged from pearl diving (dish washing) to English teacher. By the late 70s it was becoming more and more difficult to find work and so he looked around for a qualification that he could take on his travels, ending up studying for a degree in Social Science as a mature student. Here his tutor, a published author herself, encouraged him to try creative writing. It wasn’t until after graduation that he tried his hand at it and wrote six pages of his first novel. He then couldn’t touch them for two years until returning to Guatemala, but was able to finish the novel there.
Guatemala, C.A. has become Tony’s adopted country. The first visit was as a traveler. The second was as an exchange student and it was then that he met the woman who is now his wife. Returning to Guatemala after graduation as an English teacher he married the woman he loved and became the step-father to three children. For the next 15 years he taught English, first in a Language Academy then teaching independently and went on to form a company.
What’s your favourite part of the lifestyle of an Author?
Not having any bosses and creating something from nothing.
What made you start writing?
I was encouraged by others.
Is there an Author that you consider your inspiration?
What’s your number one tip for an aspiring Author?
If you have the urge to write, just do it. It doesn’t matter how it turns out, as long as it makes you feel good.
What type of book do you like to read and does this differ from the genre that you prefer to write?
I both read and write in the fantasy genre, mostly sword & sorcery.
Which one of your characters would you most like to spend time with?
I’m not sure. I couldn’t stand any of them for too long.
Which book do you consider a must-read?
Lord of the Rings ( I’m not obsessed with it, but it’s the most impressive book I’ve ever read!)
What’s been the hardest edit that you’ve had to make? Why did you want to keep the material in?
I’ve only done one edit and that was hard enough!
If you could live in a book, which one would it be?
Again, Lord of the Rings.
If you could pick an Author to write your biography, who would it be?
If I ever get famous enough to have one, I’ll think about it.
We all know the phrase “the book is always better than the film.” Which film would you like to see remade as a book?
None. There has been some, but they never turn out right.
Can you sum up your life story in ten words or fewer?
Luckily, It didn’t turn out like expected.
What’s exciting you about your next project?
There are three main characters, all rolled into one.
And finally, you have one quote to be remembered by, what is it?
This isn’t my own quote, but something I heard: Don’t explain and don’t apologize.
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