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Allan Hudson was born in Saint John. Growing up in South Branch he was encouraged to read from an early age by his mother who was a school teacher. He lives in Cocagne with his wife Gloria.
He has published the Drake Alexander Adventure series. Dark Side of a Promise, Book one. Wall of War, book two. He has a collection of short stories - A Box of Memories. He also published, Shattered Figurine – a Det. Jo Naylor Adventure.
His newest work is an historical fiction of the Alexander family, originating in Govan, Scotland. The Alexanders. Vol. 1 1911 – 1920. It will be published in August, 2020.
The second in the Jo Naylor series is ready for editing and will be published in late 2020 or early 2021. Also in the works is the third Drake Alexander Adventure.
His short story – The Ship Breakers - received honourable mention in the New Brunswick Writer’s Federation short story contest. The story was later purchased by McGraw Hill Ryerson to be part of their iLit program for High School teachers.
His short story – In the Abyss – also received Honourable Mention in the 2020 WFNB short story contest.
Other short stories have been published on commuterlit.com, The Golden Ratio and his blog - South Branch Scribbler.
In the turbulent waters off Saltcoats, Scotland, Danny Alexander dies in a boating accident. He leaves behind a wife, seven children and no hope. Dominic is the middle child. With a broken heart, his mother is forced to leave him with his bachelor uncle, Duff. None of them are happy with the decision.
Eleven-year-old Dominic Alexander must earn his keep. There are no free rides. Yet despite the difficulties, he finds his place in the structured world of his uncle and overcomes his loneliness.
Fortune and misfortune follow the young man until adversity forces him to make a decision that will affect the rest of his life. Is emigrating to Canada the answer?
Who are you and what do you write?
I live on the east coast of Canada. I’m married to a wonderful lady, Gloria, and have a loving family. I’ve had a diverse career over the years as a carpenter and a sales representative in the jewellery industry. My mother was a teacher and taught me to read at an early age. I been an avid reader since and always wanted to write stories. I write mainly action and adventure stories as well as short stories. I am publishing an historical fiction novel in the next few weeks.
Where and when and how did the writing life begin for you?
As I mentioned above, I always had ideas for stories swimming in my head. I participated in a creative writing course when I was younger and encouraged by my instructor to continue but with a career, a family, there never seemed enough time to write. It was only after I discovered that one of my favorite authors started writing when he retired at 55 years old that I was inspired to start writing at the same age, realizing it is never too late to begin.
How has the journey to this point been?
I’ve come to realize that there is tremendous fulfilment in writing. Creating stories and entertaining readers has been a true joy in my life. When I completed my first manuscript, I started to explore what I was going to do with it. I was in for a surprise! So many opinions, so many options, so many companies trying to take advantage of my naivete. Editing, cover design, publishing, agents, waiting months and months for replies, rejections, on and on it went. It was only when I discovered self-publishing that I knew in which direction I wanted to go. I hired a professional editor, an established cover designer and someone to format my work. Writing was, and still is, a hobby for me. Self-publishing gave me all the freedom I wanted. The rest was up to the readers. So far, it’s been a wonderful trip.
Would you go back and change anything?
Looking back at my stories, I sometime think that my first novel could’ve been better, less detail perhaps but it was the first thing I accomplished as an author and it’s done well. I’ve learnt many things since and have improved my work but otherwise, I wouldn’t change a thing.
Where would you like to be in 5 years time? And 10?
I’m looking at full retirement next year and will dedicate more time to writing. In five years from now, I hope to have completed the next four volumes of the Alexanders series. The first one is to be published this month (August) and am working on Vol. 2. I plan on having my Jo Naylor series, of which there will be five novellas, completed. The second in the series is finished and waiting for editing.
I hope to add more to my original Drake Alexander series as well.
Ten years is too far for me to consider but I do hope I’m well and still writing.
What's one piece of advice you'd give to new writers just starting out?
I think the most important thing is what every author will tell you, just write. Don’t worry about is it good, is it terrible, let it flow and find beta readers you trust and that are willing to give you good feedback. Writing groups are a good idea as well.
And most importantly...
Ketchup or Mayo? – Neither.
Night or Day? – Definitely day.
Inside or Outside? – Outside as much as possible
Dogs or Cats? – Neither.
Twitter or Facebook? – Both.
e-book or Paperback? – Paperback for sure.
Sun or Rain? – Either.
Keyboard or Pencil & Notebook? - Keyboard, I have terrible penmanship.
Comedy or Drama? - Drama
Chips or Chocolate? – Chocolate & more chocolate.
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