Name Anthony Crowley
Where are you from Birmingham, England
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I did quite well with my school studies. I excelled in English, Drama, Music. I have always been passionate about those subjects. It felt natural. I was a very quiet reserved kid. I was often bullied, because I never could fit in with the crowd. I was often looked down like I was an alien. It all began to change when certain school presentations and events took place. An example, if I wrote a piece of literature to be read out on stage for the whole school. The responses felt like a healer and a great comfort. Another example of acceptance was when I sang at the end of term school concert. That was another special moment I will never forget. I felt lucky to perform songs with my musician teachers. After High School, I started a two year college diploma in retail and business. I enjoyed the learning credentials, but I still wasn’t happy. I felt like I was sinking further. I wanted to be noticed for my creative expressions. When I completed my college course I made the decision to do something which I always wanted to do. I attended several auditions which I found in the Stage newspaper. I then was contacted by a London based entertainments agent, I was contracted as an entertainer/children’s entertainer. I enjoyed that line of work, Many long hours and the pay was basic, but it was a great experience. After the holiday seasons, I moved back to the Midlands and I began an Oxford open learning diploma course in English. I studied a few other related courses and a gym instruction course afterwards. During my mid-twenties I ended up running a couple of music retail businesses, printing/distribution business. I managed to accomplish so much in a short space of time. I feel fortunate to have learned and achieved the work I have done.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I have a new novella “The Mirrored Room” and the“Tombstones” audiobook recently released. I am currently finishing some more writing projects, including “Infestation” which shall be featured in the “Undead Legacy” anthology, published by JEA/Wetworks. This collection will be available from 29th March 2015. My contributed story shall show my readers another style to my work. It will be exciting. I am also compiling a ten story anthology “Doomsday after Midnight” and I am embarking on a magazine project, to be titled “Dark Realms”. I have the talented assisted team of Alex S.Johnson, Dean.M.Drinkel. This shall be a publication within literary horror, but with no restrictions. We already have some leading names in horror contributing to this new venture. We are looking for the initial release hopefully Mid-year 2015.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Writing has always been a part of me from a young age. It always has felt completely natural.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
It wasn’t until I began having my work published and receiving the recognition, exposure. It was like a flash of light, which I then realized I am now an author.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I have written several books, but recently I have released my first novella “The Mirrored Room”. It has a Supernatural/Occult theme. I was initially inspired by psychic awareness and human personality. I watched a show on television “Crossing Over with John Edward”. Then I had the idea. I wanted to write a story where it would focus around a television psychic. On these reality shows, the psychic seems to always have the answer. I wanted to show another side to reverse psychic abilities and weaknesses.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I incorporated occult practices within the story. It seemed perfect to use mirrors. They are also a reflection of all of us. It is also the anecdote of self-analysis without initially noticing one’s actions at first glance.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I write in a variation of styles from fiction, poetry and non-fiction. I also write lyrics.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I just want the reader to feel excited and entertained by the journey.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I will leave that to my readers to decide.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Everything I create has a form or element of every day inspiration, whether the past, present, and the future.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
Too many to list here, but one of my favourite reads is; Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven. I also enjoy anything written by Clive Barker and Jack Ketchum.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I haven’t had much time in my busy schedule to read lately, but when I have had a free moment, for example at Christmas, I read “Linden Manor” by Catherine Cavendish.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I am very interested in reading the works of Tim Dry and Barbie Wilde.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I usually multi-task on several projects at any given time. Last night I wrote a new story titled “Peek-a-Boo”. It was initially to be called “The Night Men”, but I decided the themes have different directions, and it felt rather ideal to begin writing a series about a new original boogeyman-like collection, which will be realistically dark. I am also compiling my first ten story collection “Doomsday after Midnight” and a short kindle edition read, titled “Symphony of Blood”. These will be own solo releases. I have a list of several confirmed story contributions, from this present day, until May 2015, but I can’t say anything about those works yet. It will be something for the reader to look forward to. But, I do have the whole year planned out with continuous projects.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
There are a few people I can say supported me either, with guidance, advice and words of wisdom. Three author friends, Alex S.Johnson, Laura Kitchell and Chantal Noordeloos, and music artist Gloria Estefan. I was at crossroads in my life about three years now, I felt lost in myself, which can happen generally, but also if you’re involved in creativity, because your mind is always open to your inventive ideas, hence why emotions can also be more powerful. I had some wonderful advice and words of wisdom from Gloria. Occasionally we still message each other the odd time when we can.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
It can be. Depending on how much time and how focused you can be. Especially if you have a fanbase.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I would never change anything.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Every project differs from the next. The deeper the subject can be a healthy challenge, but the adrenalin is wonderful.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Clive Barker. As a child he would have dark imaginary thoughts within his room. I can relate to that personally myself. I enjoy Clive’s work because he has opened doors within dark horror literature, visual art and cinema.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Not previously. But this year I shall appearing at HorrorConUK 2015 this July 11/12th in Sheffield. Tickets are available now.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I have designed all my own covers, except the artwork for my forthcoming anthology “Doomsday After Midnight”. The photographic image was supplied by Whitesnake’s Personal Assistant and creative photographer and friend, Lauren Carroll. Which I am deeply thankful for.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Be true to yourself and your audience. Don’t be a shadow to another.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I have read so many varieties of books. I can’t recall.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I am extremely humorous. I do cry at a powerful love scene. “The Notebook” movie makes me teary.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
Too many. I thrive on seeing people happy and enjoying life, and creative artists achieving great success.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
Hahaha! It may be censored. I suppose it will read with my name initially, because I can be a bitch too, Haha! – Anthony climbed through hell, laughed at the devil and reached earth and spat fire at the ignorant people, applauded the stately homosexuals and queens, and flew through the gates of chocolate. He was now very sweet, pollite, if you annoyed him, he couldn’t give a shite, Grown angel wings and guided by Venus onto the majestic throne. He learned ET how to phone home, Justin Beiber wanted his looks, instead he was given a liced comb.
If it was my friends who engraved my headstone it would read –
Anthony was an eccentric, entertaining connoisseur of horror
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
My three passions have always been in writing, music, and drama. I have always wanted to experience acting. I have previously had a couple of role auditions, which were liked by the production companies, but the roles were given to someone else, who deserved it.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
My recent favourite show is American Horror Story. I love it. I also enjoyed “The Tudors” and “Rome”. I also have wanted to see Rupaul’s Drag Race, but never managed to watch it yet.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
I enjoy grilled food, Italian, Chinese, American, Mexican, and Indian, almost forgot traditional British dinners. My favourite colours are, black, red and gold.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Most definitely I would be involved in full time music and composing.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
I previously used to have a blog page. My website is currently under construction. Readers can check out my updates and latest releases via the following links.
http://www.amazon.com/ANTHONY-CROWLEY/e/B0048E5L3K/ – Official Amazon store
www.facebook.com/AnthonyCrowley.Author – Official Facebook page.
https://www.tsu.co/anthonycrowley – Tsu network.
https://twitter.com/crowley_anthony – Official Twitter page
https://instagram.com/anthonycrowleyauthor/ – Official Instagram page.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tombstones/742720739144035 – Official Tombstones page
https://twitter.com/TombstonesBook – Official Twitter page of Tombstones.
https://www.facebook.com/DarkRealmsMagazine – Official Dark Realms Facebook page.