“Ben Alderson is a collaborator in the NYT Bestselling anthology Because You Love To Hate Me. He grew up in Berkshire, England. Not only does he write he also runs a successful micro-publishing house called Oftomes.
He enjoys- reading, traveling, greek food, music, and anything fantastical”
Where are you from?
“I am from rainy England. Currently living just outside of Oxford City. “
What is your favorite genre to write or read?
“Fantasy is my favourite genre to write however I have been craving to work on a paranormal series for a longtime. Problem is.. when ever I start it I just want to jump back into fantasy.”
Who/What inspired you to write the Dragori Series?
“Lots of things really. I wanted to write a book where the main characters are gay – but do not have to label it, come out or be treated differently because of it. I wanted my world to be a place all readers could come and fully imagine themselves within the world. I guess that was my main inspiration.”
What was the hardest part to write in the Dragori Series?
“The middle book was the hardest because of the pressure of a book being ‘boring’. I wanted the overall arc to carry on but with the characters venturing on an important quest. This was a hard story to plan.”
Is there any new projects you working on?
“I am currently editing the final draft of The Lost Mage before sending it to my editor at the end of this month.”
Expected release: 29 May 2021
Which book, if you could pick one, did you enjoy the most to write?
“The Lost Mage – only because I have been working on it for so long now. I remember coming up with the story when I was having a sleep over at my grandmothers house. The story has a special place in my heart. “
Will there be more installments in the Hillcrest Supernatural Series?
“Maybe… you will have to wait and see.”
When did you write your first book and was it ever published?
“I wrote my first book when I was eighteen. However this never got passed the half way mark. “
What do you think makes a great story?
“Being honest. Telling your hearts story and having it touch someone in a special way.”
Who inspired you to become an author?
“I have always wanted to tell stories. But my great grandfather used to be an author and publisher in London years ago. My family have always told me I was just like him. I guess it’s fate.”
What advice can you give to an unpublished author?
“Write as much as you can. It can be fiction. It can be as simple as describing an item in a few sentences. Immerse yourself in writing but do not forget the most important ingredient – reading!”
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I want to thank Ben Alderson for participating in the January 2021 Author Spotlight.
Interview done by HVDB Book Life