A. A. Gilbertsen, author of Black Sea Scorpions and Pandora's Pension, released his book in May 2018. We wanted to catch up with the author and see how life had been treating him since he was published.
Did you always dream of becoming an author?
No, not always. My writing efforts developed as I accumulated experiences in my business career and realised that, with imagination, much of it could be the source of interesting stories. Following that, the desire to pass on some of the actual events in fictional novels grew within me.
What was your first job?
My very first paid employment was as a choir-boy. I added a paper round to that until my bike was stolen outside the church and my voice broke in sympathy. After leaving Grammar School, I became an Articled Clerk in a city firm of Chartered Accountants. I passed my final exams and became a fully qualified C.A. shortly after my 22nd birthday. The varied experiences examining the accounts and working practices of client businesses gave me a broad insight to other peoples lives and characters.
How did you come about writing your book? Was that your intention or did you start writing for fun?
My first book - Pandora's Pension - developed from my brief business experience with the fraudster and tycoon, Robert Maxwell. Following his reported death and exposure of his plundering the Mirror Group pension fund. I spent months developing possible theories and constructing a plot concerning a similar situation, with the characters trying to unravel the mystery and recover money for the victims.
What was your life like before you became an author?
Mainly involved with business and finances, but also with a good deal of travel to Australia and various European countries for family contacts. My business life included working and living in five locations in England, two more in The Netherlands and Belgium as well as a short period in the United States.
Did you face any struggles before becoming an author? If so, how did you overcome them?
Yes. Life was a series of struggles - both for myself and for my clients. My working life has been based on overcoming problems, for employers and clients. In doing so, I have been subject to personal crises and struggles of my own. Resolving difficulties and turning around potential disasters has been a key element of my life.
Now that you are a published author, how has your life changed, if at all?
It has given to me a fresh incentive to pass on experiences and construct something that I hope would be both interesting and enjoyable to the reader.
Can you please describe a typical day in your life now?
Helping to manage family finances and normal domestic requirements for family and dogs. Dog walking; putting the world to rights over coffee and gardening tends to interfere with prospects of golf and beer but occasionally I can tear myself away from the computer and the garden to concentrate on visits to the pub and thinking about the plot of the next book.
What is your most memorable moment of your life as an author?
Receiving so many appreciative and positive reports from satisfied readers of my first book. Most were from friends who would hesitate to say anything unhelpful but all were complimentary and made the efforts worthwhile, giving incentive and encouragement to continue and improve.
In a few words, how would you review your experience with Pegasus Publishers?
Fascinating, friendly and ultimately very satisfying.
Why did you choose Pegasus Publishers?
Pegasus appears to be the best type of publisher for my type of book. I just hope that my stories are the best type for Pegasus to publish.
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