My Interview with the Spectacular Author Tony Leslie Duxbury

 

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First, introduce yourself for my readers…

My name is Tony Leslie Duxbury.

What is something unique/quirky about you?

There’s nothing unique or quirky about me, I don’t think. I’m just an ordinary bloke.

Tell us something really interesting that’s happened to you!

My life has been interesting because I’ve ended up living in a place I’d never heard of when I was younger and I’ve done things that I never thought I would do. Nothing extraordinary, just that my life has taken unexpected turns which I would very have imagined. To understand this you must know that I come from an English working class background that has its own built in limitations.

What are some of your pet peeves?

We could be here all day! Seriously, I think discourtesy and lack of respect for others are probably the things that press my buttons the most.

What are your top 10 favorite books/authors?

I can’t think of ten, but Tolkien was my hero after I read Lord of the Rings. I’m a fantasy fan, so my top modern authors would include Robin Hobb, Joe Abercrombie, George Martin, and Scott Lynch. Since being introduced to Goodreads and Amazon I’ve read a whole raft of authors that I think are really great.

What inspired you to write this book? (If you have more than one book, please choose one.)

My first book was an experiment. I did it to see if I could write, having never tried it before. I was encouraged by two women teachers while I was a mature student. One was a published author herself.

As I don’t take myself too seriously I wrote an amusing fantasy. At the time I felt the need to do something creative. It wasn’t the best book ever written, but I enjoyed doing it so much that I continued writing.

 

About Tony Leslie Duxbury

At the moment my wife and I are in the process of re-establishing ourselves here in Guatemala, Central America after a five year absence. The last five years have been spent in England. Previously, I lived for fifteen years in Guatemala with my wife, Eleonora, who is Guatemalan.

I was born to a working-class family in the North-West suburbs of London. I left school at sixteen without qualifications and pretty clueless all round. My only interest in school was art and fortunately I got a job as a trainee in a commercial art studio in London. I worked there for two wonderful years, then my second interest took hold. I had the urge to travel. After traveling through France, into Spain and a year in Germany, I returned to England. Unfortunately, I was never able to break back into commercial art again. I took whatever work I could get to get together enough money to travel again. That set the pattern of my life for many years. When I was in my early thirties I entered higher education and emerged four years later with a B.A. in Social Science. I spent my gap year in Guatemala, where I’d visited before and there I met my wife. After graduation I returned to Guatemala and became an English Teacher. The next fifteen years was spent that way.

My first urge to write was after I attended an optional course in college for mature students like myself who weren’t academically minded, being out of education for so long. My tutor encouraged me to write. After graduation I sat down and wrote six pages of my first novel. Unfortunately, that was as far as I got until three years later, when I was able to sit down and write until it was finished. Four more novels followed. I tried the traditional publishing route, which didn’t work out and now I’m offering my work on Kindle.

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