Q & A with Anthony Sunderland

So after a brief hiatus doing interviews I have my next victim all lined up! Welcome Tony!

 What would your bio say?

That from an early age I wanted to step out of the stifling routine, I had big ambitions, but dogmatic teachers, totally lacking in vision, largely succeeded in suppressing my ambition and creativity. I did manage to run my own money making venture at school despite their petty shortsighted efforts to stop it.

Fortunately my Mum and Dad always insisted that the three of us should get a good trade or profession. I’m an electrician and have had some fairly successful short lived business ventures, and some failures, but have always had my trade to rely on for a decent income.

I love a challenge, and have done a solo parachute jump, bungee jump, fire-eating, public speaking, and am a qualified glider pilot. I’ve got many other things on my ‘Bucket List.’

 When did you start writing and why?

About twelve years ago. I was totally ‘blown away’ by the season one finale of Buffy TVS. In that moment I just new that I wanted to write something that incredible.

If you’d told me then how difficult it would be I’d have probably never started.

If you are a parent how does being a parent affect your writing and writing habits? Or does it?

Got no children that I’m admitting to 😉

Who is your favorite author and why?

My favourite writer is Joss Whedon. He, through Buffy, inspired me to start writing.

What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?

To have at least one story made into a Hollywood blockbuster.

Traditional or Self publishing? Why?

I think the ideal would be to get a major publishing or film deal and be able to concentrate on writing. I know there would be some promo to do, but at least with some backing and professional help.

As indie publishers we hope to emulate the success of  Jack Konrath and Amanda Hocking.

Talk about your journey into the wide world of publishing

I started out wanting to write big budget Sci Fi screenplays. Spielberg was bound to snatch my hand off and give me a big cheque. Right?

When that awful truth sank in I decided to produce my stories as web comics. This was before they and graphic novels became all the rage, so I can claim to be a bit of a visionary if not a trend setter.

I’ve got some great design concepts done by Anna and Kelsey, two students at the local college (Calderdale).  Getting a team together to produce the story, and raise the funds, around $20,000, proved difficult.

All of this time I was attending conferences and workshops, and pitching stories to producers. Then along came the Kindle and I’ve spent a lot of time rewriting one of my screenplays as a series of ebooks and writing a different series from scratch.

Tell us about your book s

There are four on Kindle at the moment with two more due for Xmas. These are the first two parts of the epic Sci Fi series ’59, and the first two volumes of the “Destiny’s Daughter” alien mystery series.

In ’59, Captain Donald Lewis promises his daughter, Janine, that he will return from the first mission to the stars in time for her twenty first birthday. After the mission ends in disaster she vows that she will discover her father’s fate, no matter what it might cost her. I’ve mapped this story out to its conclusion.

In Destiny’s Daughter, 23 year old Dawn Dempsey is the newest recruit to the FBI’s Alien Visitation Investigation team. She’s hiding a dark secret from them. This can go on for as long as I can dream up new stories.

 What inspired you to write these books (or in this genre)?

I’ve always been a big Sci Fi fan. In ’59 I ask “What if the 1st mission to the stars was a disaster?” would we give up, how long would we battle to fulfill our destiny? What if it was just one girl that urged us to carry on when everyone else wanted to quit?

Tell us why we should love or hate your main character?

Janine is a bolshie teen girl with a very bad attitude. Every parent’s nightmare. She’s pig-headed and won’t listen to anyone. I know I risk having people dislike her from the start, but as long as they want to follow some of the other characters and to discover her father’s fate that’s fine.

It is these very qualities that mean she will never give up her quest. When the search is finally abandoned she is the only one prepared to risk everything to carry on. A ‘goody two-shoes’ likeable, reasonable character wouldn’t be able to plough on smashing every obstacle and objection out of the way.

To be honest, she’s not the type of person I’d want to spend much time with in the beginning. I think part of me has created her like that because I have a bad habit of rushing to judge people, and this is a challenge to the readers to give her a chance. I promise that you’ll see her suffer for her sins.

I imagined Alyson Hannigan playing this part in the blockbuster. She plays so many sweet innocent roles yet she’s such an incredibly talented actress who could really fetch the nasty side to life, while making people feel for her.

Do your books have a soundtrack?

The first story in each series has been narrated and people can listen free on my website!


Thank you so much for your time Tony! We have really enjoyed having you here with us today!

Follow Tony on his website!

Also be sure to pick up a copy of one of his books today!

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