Recently, I was invited to submit a short interview for the “Book Reader Magazine”. I would like to thank them for their interest and support in my endeavours. If you are interested in finding out more, this is how the interview progressed:
Featured Interview With Maxwell Grantly
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
Maxwell Grantly is a non de plume for an anonymous school teacher, living in a small seaside town on the east coast of Great Britain. Although he has written nine short stories, he does not think of himself as an author. He is, first and foremost, simply a mathematics teacher. Maxwell does not write for an income and so he offers most of his work for free or at the lowest possible price that he can. He simply writes just because he enjoys doing so and for no other reason.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
Maxwell has always been an avid reader of literature, from early childhood. However, it is only over the past year that he has begun to write short stories of his own.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
Maxwell enjoys reading a wide variety of books of different genres. Being a school teacher, he reads a wide number of children’s books and has an extensive young adult library. Most importantly, he has always enjoyed the works of Roald Dahl and admires the ability of Dahl to break away from using a traditional mindset of typical children’s characters.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Maxwell’s latest book is called “Runs Like Clockwork” and is a steampunk-themed story for older children. It tells the tale of a mechanical clockwork toy named River Falcon, lost in the fictional town of New Babbage. The toy becomes stolen from his clock-maker inventor and then encounters a number of adventures in his attempts to escape and survive in his new hostile environment. Without giving too much away, the story has a tragic bittersweet ending that will touch your heart.
Where did you get the inspiration for your most recent story?
Many different people, events and circumstances combined to provide the inspiration for the story. Perhaps, most importantly, the author suffered the traumatic loss of his father to cancer in the weeks before the story was written. This private family bereavement must have shaped the plot of the story, even if it did so subconsciously.