Today I am happy to introduce author J.J. Anderson on my blog.
What genre(s) do you write in? Tell us about your books.
I don’t write in any particular genre. In fact I dislike being ‘categorised’ in that way ( although that’s the way Amazon and other on-line retail sites, and indeed, actual bookshops, are organised ).
My first book was a collection of short stories entitled ‘The Village; A Year in Twelve Tales’ published by The Story Bazaar (my own imprint) in April 2015 as a paperback and ‘e’ book. It chronicles the life of a modern English village over the course of one calendar year. The twelve, inter-linked stories portray a wide cast of disparate characters. At the centre of the book are four generations of the Marshall family, who negotiate the daily hazards of family life. Around them, babies are born, plots are hatched, matches are made and marriages founder and death, both anticipated and unlooked for, pays a call. As Thornton Wilder said, ‘The life of a village against the life of the stars’
What book are you promoting right now? What is it about?
Since then I’ve been working on a novel for young adults entitled ‘Reconquista’, set in 13th century Spain that is out now. This is a is an adventure story set in 13th century Al Andalus ( Spain ). I began to write it, ten or more years ago, as a serial story for my nephew and god-son. We have a home in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain and it is a place full of history. My nephew was about to visit there for the first time. I wanted to engage him in the history and romance of the place, so I write an adventure story, delivering ‘episodes’ on a gradual basis. He’s twenty one now and the story which I wrote for him has changed out of all recognition. Read more