‘A Life of Choice: Part One’ is the first of a five-part series which details the coming-of-age of a young man who joins the British Army at 17 years old.
Although the story is not an autobiography, it is loosely based on my own experiences and those of people I knew in my 23 years in military service.
The first part is already available on Amazon, and the next instalment is scheduled for April.
I recently interviewed Tom and to celebrate his new release, I would like to share the interview with you all.
Which book did you have the most fun writing?
I’d have to say, ‘Beyond The Law’. It was my first crime thriller and apart from basing the action in my hometown – Glasgow, Scotland.
I wrote many of the locations from memory, but went up there on more than one weekend to live and breathe the atmosphere while I performed detailed research.
The internet and books are all very well, but there is nothing quite as thrilling as walking the streets your characters have walked.
I enjoyed developing a variety of characters on both sides of the fence.
As always I have several projects on the go simultaneously. I take one project to its logical conclusion and then leave it to rest, usually for a month before the next rewrite.
My present priority is to complete my military-themed anthology, ‘A Time for Courage’.
I have all 12 stories written, and at a variety of levels, so between now and publication at end March, I will revisit each. I will also be asking for beta readers prior to publication.
You have helped a lot of authors. If you could only give one piece of advice to a new author, what would it be?
However long your writing career lasts, and no matter how successful you become, always be open to advice.
Who is your favourite character from your books?
Phil McKenzie aka Hawk, from ‘Beyond The Law’ and ‘Beyond The Law: Retribution’. He is all that I would ever want to be, and he gets to work closely with the beautiful, but highly-skilled, and deadly Annabel Strong.
‘Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee’ by Dee Brown.
I read this book a couple of years ago, but I don’t believe the depth of man’s inhumanity to man can be truly appreciated unless this book is read more than once.
Where do you see yourself in a year’s time?
By next year, I aim to have increased my novels from six to eight, and my anthologies from three to five.
One more target I’ve set myself is to produce at least one of my novels and one of my anthologies in paperback.
Here's a little more info about Tom.
Glasgow born, Tom joined the British Army at 17, serving from 1969 - 1992.
He next took up Retail Management which he continued from 1993 - 2012.
Tom started writing in 2007 and has had six short stories published in anthologies.
- Nov 2012, romance-based thriller; 'Ten Days in Panama'.
- Oct 2013, crime thriller; 'Beyond The Law'.
- April 2014, first anthology of short stories. (Contains 12 titles)
- June 2014, first anthology of erotica. (Contains 12 titles)
- July 2014, psychological thriller; 'Amsterdam Calling'.
- Dec 2014, crime thriller; 'A Taste of Honey'.
- Sep 2015, erotic novel, 'Give & Take: A Tale of Erotica'.
- Nov 2015, crime thriller; 'Beyond The Law: Retribution'.
- Dec 2015, first anthology of sci-fi. (Contains 12 stories - 6 by guest authors)
- Jan 2016, military/coming of age novel, 'A Life of Choice: Part One'
Here are the links to Tom's websites. Take a look around. I'm sure you'll like what you see and be left wanting more.
Author Website: http://www.tombensonauthor.com
Writing Blog: http://www.tombensoncreative.com
Creative Writer and Artist: http://www.tom-benson.co.uk
Besides being an awesome author, Tom is also part of the team that runs the fab Indie Author Support and Discussion website.
Browse the website. You are sure to find lots of beautiful treasures. There is definitely something for everyone.