James Lythgoe, the author of Another Point of View, released his books in 2020. We wanted to catch up with the new author and see how life has been treating him since he was published.
I never dreamed of becoming an author at all, until I saw what was on offer in the book shops, and felt I could do no worse. Perhaps on reflection, it is not as easy as it looks.
An apprentice Engineer at a large aircraft company in the North of England.
I won a short story competition and suddenly writing became fun, especially when composing poetry which I am fond of.
As normal as any life could be while working full time and trying to put two children through university.
The struggles I faced had nothing to do with me becoming an author.
The only change that I noticed is that now my friends who greet me in the street refer to me as that “not so successful Author”.
Are there any days more typical than sun –downers in the garden watching an African sunset. A Typical day would be to laze and write, doze and write, read lots, work the crossword for the mind. Contemplate Exercise. Reject proposal. Prepare sun-downers. We tend to find that here in Africa there are very few typical days only unpredictable ones. Which when considered I suppose makes them typical anyway.
When someone recognised me as “that writer chap who doesn’t sell many books. “Seriously the moment was when I learned my poem “Armistice, “had been chosen in the top 100 poems of 2016 in the USA.
A frustrating initial incident over a cover design caused by a misunderstanding was amicably solved. Since then Pegasus has been the epitome of professionalism and have assisted me in every aspect of our relationship.
Unlike many other publishers Pegasus were very courteous and prompt in their reply to my initial enquiries, and thoroughly professional in the proficient and adept manner displayed when analysing and accepting my work.
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