Friday, May 7, 2010

**INTERVIEW with Author/ Publisher JOHN HALSTED**


Subtitle:        Taklamakan

Genre:           Historical Action/Adventure

It is an honor, and with great pleasure to Interview Author John Halsted, who is the Publisher of Abela Publishing.


Geri:       When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer?

John:       When I was really young, I loved to get my mother's Olivetti portable typewriter out, and bang
               away. Why? I really don't know. Had my parents been a bit more switched on, maybe they
               could have linked this with the fact that I read copious amounts of books, and come up with the
               possibility that maybe they should steer me in the direction of writing. Unfortunately, they never
               did. When I did my MBA, about ten years ago, I found the research, and the writing of essays
               stimulating and invorating. It was this method of research that I used to write my first book. I
               find that there's nothing more cathartic than writing on a train.

Geri:        Did you have favorite books as a child?

John:       Yes! THE FAMOUS FIVE, THE SECRET SEVEN, and THE HARDY BOYS, plus just about
               anything I could get my hands on.

Geri:           Do you have any current work in progress?

John:          Yes, the sequel to LEGEND OF THE LAST VIKINGS-Taklamakan. Not sure when I will
                  finish it as I'm republishing old, forgotten and out of print fairy tales, folklore myths and legends,
                  and donating thirty-three percent to charity.

Geri:          What inspires you the most to write?

John:          Discovery lost and ancient worlds, and realizing it's all been done before.

Geri:              Who is your favorite author?

John:              A few, Dudley Pope, Nigel Tranter, Bernard Cornwell. Also, Craig Thomas and above all,
                      the master of adventure, Clive Cussler.

Geri:             Thank you kindly for today's interview. I wish you much success.

John:            You're welcome.


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