Posted on 08/09/2019 at 08:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Today we’re interviewing Anthony Randall, who writes humorous fiction.
Randall hated English at school and never actually read an entire novel until he was thirty years old: Robert A. Heinlein’s Time Enough for Love.
Since then he has never been without a book on the go, sometimes in the grip of three books at the same time.
Although he has been a songwriter for many years, his novel writing came late in life with a prompt from his co-author, Doug Goddard, in 2002.
Goddard is dyslexic; he gives Randall a pencil sketch, and he turns it into an oil painting (or so he’d like to think anyway).
Randall and Goddard have written and published two books from a series of four entitled The English Sombrero and are currently writing three more.
Randall is also near completion of his own debut novel, a two-volume affair; the scandalous tome is called Tucson Tales.
He has written a few short stories, one published in You Are Not Alone: An Indie Anthology.
He has also been supplying articles for Mom’s Favorite Reads, about his time in a seven-piece function band called Superfly. This may someday become a memoir or even, with a touch of embellishment, a novel.
SADYE: Which of your characters would you most and least likely want to trade places with.
ANTHONY: I’d most definitely want to exchange places with Don Simmons, the protagonist in The English Sombrero series.
Who wouldn’t want to be a billionaire?
The character I’d least likely want to be is Colin W. Ogily, from Colin and Sandy; he’s small minded, measly and delusional, and occupying a very bland existence.
SADYE: Which of your characters would you most and least like to become romantically involved with?
ANTHONY: I could quite easily get used to canoodling with Amanda Somerfield, the merchandising, purchasing, procurements executive at Well Green FC, from The Little White Ball; she’s one sexy lady.
The person I’d run a mile from would be Marion, the sarcastic matriarchal Weight Watchers host in Nothing To Do But Run; not my cup of herbal tea at all.
SADYE: What have been the most surprising, rewarding, and challenging parts of your writing career?
ANTHONY: That anyone should applaud anything that we write at all, yet it has been so, and at the very beginning it was overwhelming and humbling.
The challenging part for me (apart from deciphering Doug’s handwriting), is finding the time necessary to knuckle down and churn out something substantial.
I work full time in a very physically demanding job six days a week, so I’m always tired.
SADYE: What period of history would you most like to travel back to or what historical figure would you most like to meet?
ANTHONY: If I could split this answer in two: I’d like to travel back and live in Georgian Britain.
It seems like an exciting time to be alive, a time of enlightenment, of great art and literature, my favorite architecture, extensively less populated than now, and a period of fabulous opportunity.
But the historical figure I’d most like to meet is Jesus Christ.
Not because I’m some wild-eyed fanatic on the ultimate pilgrimage — no, I’m not religious at all — I’d just like to get the facts.
SADYE: What advice, as relates to your writing career, would you give your younger self?
ANTHONY: This would probably need a brain transplant to execute successfully, putting my adult grey matter inside my young head.
I was such a rebel against authority — and thought I knew it all (of course I knew precious little) — that any wisdom I’d hope to impart on teenage me would just bounce off like pebbles on a trampoline.
What realization young me needed to be awoken to was that school is such a doddle: 9:00 till 3:30, with an hour for lunch!
Surrounded by hordes of hormone ragging nubile girls without any real challenging attachments!
Being taught imperative wide ranging knowledge for free, getting the keys to the world!
It eluded him. He’d rather bunk off school and play in the woods all day in the rain than attend English lessons. He missed out on so much.
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