C. J. Burton, author of A Sword Named Kalim, Fireworks and Kalim's Return he released his new book in July 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?
The inclination was always there to be able to write but I never had the time to realise my dream. Working long hours and bringing up a family seemed to put writing on the back burner.
What was your first job?
My first job was on a pig farm. I loved working with animals; I was the head stockman for the last two years at school in charge of the farm unit where we had chickens, rabbits and pigs. Unfortunately after a year at full time work on a pig farm my parents insisted that I took an apprenticeship in the factory where my mother, grandfather, uncles and cousins worked as they were all in the Salvation Army at the time, as was I, it was known as the ‘Hallelujah Factory’. Thus began the rest of my life in engineering.
How did you come about writing your book? Was that your intention or did you start writing for fun?
It was after I retired I found I had the time on my hands to fulfil an ambition and write. I do suppose in the first instance it was for fun, but realised very quickly that it may have potential as a worthy story worth publishing.
What was your life like before you became an author?
Life really hasn’t changed that much since becoming an author, other than a lot of my acquaintances have remarked on the fact that I have done something that they would never dream of doing, and have wished me well. I would certainly like to think my life will change for the better in the near future, the more my work is recognised in the literary world the better I’m sure.
Did you face any struggles before becoming an author? If so, how did you overcome them?
If by struggles you mean have I been tested by life in general then my answer has to be yes. My first wife died at the age of 49 of pancreatic problem and it was a very hard time for me to adjust to being on my own. My two boys are both married and have children of their own. After moving to Norfolk I thought that maybe things were looking up and I married a woman 25 years younger than me and took on her 1 year old daughter. Only to find out that after 12 years of marriage and virtually on the day I retired she left me and didn’t want to be married to an old man, and subsequently it led to an horrendous divorce.
Now that you are a published author, how has your life changed, if at all?
My life has not changed and I’m still hoping that it will. I have met someone now who wants to be in my life and this could result in a big change and I could be moving to live in Cyprus.
Can you please describe a typical day in your life now?
After doing the necessary dressing and having breakfast, I usually sit at my laptop and hopefully get inspiration to carry on with my next novel. I then do some housework, have lunch and sometimes drive into town, a drive to Wells-next-the-Sea is sometimes on the agenda and take a walk up tp the life boat house and inhale the sea air hoping it will do me good.
What is your most memorable moment of your life as an author?
The most memorable time, I think, was having my first manuscript accepted by Pegasus, I was completely overwhelmed and then seeing the book for real was a tear jerker to say the least.
In a few words, how would you review your experience with Pegasus Publishers?
I am extremely grateful to Pegasus for giving me the chance to exhibit my work. I have found the teams of people that work there very polite and very helpful.
Why did you choose Pegasus Publishers?
I chose Pegasus after looking on the internet for likely publishers to take an interest in my work and the fact that when I submitted just 3 or 4 chapters of my manuscript, as was requested, I had an email asking for the complete work, it was a complete given that I had chosen correctly.
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