Friday, May 7, 2010
**INTERVIEW with Author/ Publisher JOHN HALSTED**
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.