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Author Interview: Andrew Dodd

Andrew DoddHi Andy, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

What were you like at school?

Shy, bullied, smelled, and wore glasses, but always drawing, reading a book, and loved playing out scenes from movies with card board boxes and scenery painted on them. Seriously, you can ask my brother. We even did our own comics and audio books on an old tape recorder.

Were you good at English?

I loved English lessons, my sister and I both tested each other in the spelling tests and came up with 100% every time. By the time the exams came round I got a high grade in English Literature and English Language.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

Mmm, interesting since I draw all the time. However, when I do write it can be anything from comedy to horror. Drawing though is my passion and I have worked on film scripts, comic and animation scripts and adapted the techniques I studied at school, college and University to adapt to becoming simply a successful artist rather than a famous one. To improve to the level where I can work in the big leagues and not have to struggle with a part time job and drawing to subsidise myself. To be self-sufficient.

Author Interview: T. L. Evans

T.L. EvansFor our very first interview we have T. L. Evans. Tom is the author of Strings on a Shadow Puppet and its much requested sequel, The Traitor's Gambit.

He has also authored numerous research and academic publications within the realm of archaeology, including some papers on the origins of the Celts.

Hi Tom, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

Hi Dawn, thank you for the invitation. It's a real pleasure to get to speak to you.

As you noted, I am a full time writer, these days mostly of science fiction and mystery, though I do occasionally dabble in fantasy, and presently have a non-fiction piece on the back burner.

But before you were a writer you were an archaeologist, yes? You even have a Doctorate in the topic.

Yes, for thirty years I was an archaeologist, and I still am one really. It's a bit like being Catholic - once you are an archaeologist it remains a part of you, even if you don't practice.

Until about nine-ten years ago, however, I was primarily one. I did both terrestrial and underwater archaeology, and eventually got my Doctorate from Oxford. After that I did some teaching, but mostly worked in research, particularly at Oxford Archaeology where I was the Head of Geomatics.

During most of that time I specialized in gender and identity, 3D recording, and complex spatial analysis. GIS, survey, laser scanning, statistics, that sort of thing. My primary area of research was in the Protohistoric period in North-western Europe, but I occasionally ventured out and about the world.