Thank you Tony for the opportunity to showcase your book on my blog today. I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover but it’s intriguing:
Alice Parker moves with her Dad and younger sister to the sleepy town of Pacific Grove, to a start a new life after her Mom dies. Little does Alice know the strange and terrifying events to come. When she falls into the bay during a kayaking trip, she is rescued from downing by the mysterious Henry Raphael. Handsome, old fashioned and cordial, he is unlike any other guy she has known before. Intelligent and romantic, he sees straight into her soul. Soon Alice and Henry are swept up in a passionate and decidedly unorthodox romance until she finds out that Henry drowned in the bay 100 years ago. . .
Interview With The Author Tony Lee Moral
Is there anything you can share about The Haunting Of Alice May that’s not in the blurb of the book?
Yes, it’s a story that is incredibly personal to me. I moved to Monterey, California for work shortly after my father died. Re-reading the book I realise that I am very much like Alice the central character, though I have never seen a ghost. But the emotions which Alice goes through are very much like my own – wondering about the afterlife, one’s place in the world, coping with love and loss, while navigating new relationships and a yearning for the past. I think it’s a central human condition to think about the meaning of life and what your individual beliefs are and what happens to us after we die.
-What do you hope readers will take away from this book?
The book is about what it means to be alive and the challenges that comes with young adulthood and trying to understand how one fits into the larger workings of the universe. It’s a meditation on love, loss, growing up and also being alone, which I hope I have written in a suspenseful and entertaining way.
-It says on your website that you’ve also made films. Did a love of film precede the love of writing? How did you discover that you wanted to be a writer? Or have you always wanted to do both.
I’ve always wanted to do both, so writing and film making for me go hand in hand. To be a great screenwriter, you need an understanding of the visual medium and how you can tell a story through images rather than just relying on talking pictures or dialogue.
-So you’ve written some non-fiction books about Hitchcock’s film. How much was this book inspired by Hitchcock’s films?
The Haunting of Alice Maywas greatly inspired by Hitchcock’s films, as many of the chapters are written like scenes in films. I was also influenced by a story that Hitchcock always wanted to make but never did called ‘Mary Rose’ about a young woman who disappears on a Scottish island, and appears many years later as a ghost. This is the equivalent of the Henry character in my novel, who seems unchanged while all around him grow old.
-What else inspires your writing?
People and travel. Writers are natural psychologists, so I’ve drawn much inspiration from the people I meet and the places I’ve visited. I’ve been very fortunately to travel around the world in my job as a documentary film maker, so I find people and situations fascinating.
-What are your favourite books?
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald for its elegant prose; Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez for its unrequited love and yearning, and The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy for the symbiosis between the characters and nature.
-A lot of writers admit to having the dreaded writers’ block, but do you think it’s a real thing and how do you manage to recover from it?
I think writing is all about rewriting, so if you do have writers block, try and move onto another scene or chapter. The most challenging aspect is to write length which you will spend many hours afterwards rewriting.
-Are you a planner or a pantser?
I’m a planner but a little spontaneity is definitely good for the soul and keeps life interesting.
-Is there any advice you wish you’d had early on in your writing career?
Build your author’s platform and cultivate your readership and followers. In today’s social media age, your readers are everything. Nurture them and you will see the fruits of your labour.
Something that maybe you know now but didn’t then?
Stop worrying about tomorrow, but concentrate on the present and the rest will follow. Live life for the moment, which is easier said than done.
Thank you! 🙂
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