Author of LAST LIGHT and A THOUSAND SUNS. I'm beavering away on the next, but it can be quite a lonely business, tucked away in my study. So it's nice to be able to chew the cud with people with a passion for books.
If the surname sounds vaguely familiar, my brother is Simon Scarrow, author of the roman series.
Nevil Shute, Jack Higgins, Alex Garland, Joseph Finder.
In my younger years I was a big fan of scifi by the likes of Philip Jose Farmer, Greg Bear and James Herbert. It's been a long time since I've read much in the way of scifi, but you know what?...I'm drifting back to it again. I'm getting a little tired of the thriller/crime market.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Not much of a fan of TV these days. I used to enjoy it a lot, back before we were inundated with dozens and dozens of channels of digital crud. If I watch anything at all these days, it's Newsnight, Questiontime and hmmm...that's it.
Movies, ah...different story. Love movies. If you put a gun to my head and asked me to pick three favourites I'd say: Sophie's Choice, 2001, Children of Men.
But sheeesh...you'd probably get an entirely different answer if you put a gun to my head tomorrow
Hi Alex, I can identify with your comments on Scifi and thriller/crime. I liked Asimov's novels that were both. Remember the detectives sidekick a robot? One of the books was called Caves of Steel I think.
In reserching the " Family Tree ", the name Jenney, is found in the village of Scrooby in Nottinghamshire County. If you Google: John Jenney, the history given is amazing. In the year 1066 A.D., we fought with William at the Battle of Hastings. There may be a connection back to Mali Africa cir. 250 B.C. according to the book Africa's Glorious Legacy, library ref. ISBNO - 8094 - 9026 - 9, chapter 3 page 81. If you can connect the dots from 1066 A.D. to 250 B.C., I would appreciate hearing about what you find.
If you review MY PAGE, I think I have a fairly interesting story that you might want to write. Let me know if you're interested.
It is an honor to meet you. My son in the photo is nearly twice as tall now, and I am different but the same. My appearance is very close to that.
I am also a professional writer. When that photo was taken I had already written one novel that had to be redone, and had made a few direct sales of short fiction stories and had a few other things published for free, and the odd small time amateur or semi-pro award...Now I have a second novel, and by comparison a large amount of experience writing as freelancer. My earnings are still meagre...My professional writing life is still very much a tender young shoot that needs great protection...I have two web sites but haven't managed to get to the next level of marketing my work even without the help of a great big publisher who will financially support me
at least as well as some 'exhusbandage'.
SF: mercenaries in the future
Crime novel/general fiction: Mayor sends vigilantes after white collar cocaine dealer Tutweiler Buckhead...
Lucky for me, I found a copy of Last Light in my favourite secondhand bookshop in Notting Hill on Saturday. Try to ignore the arse-kissing-sounding statement here but, it looks pretty good and has been bumped up to the top of the TBR pile!!!
Simon and I have always been quite competitive, certainly as kids we were. But oddly...since we've both become authors in different genres, there's a mutual support. Which is nice. I think in a way, writing has brought us much closer.
Aaarghhh....the dreaded rewrites! I'm nearly done with it....but I have to concede, despite being a pain in the ass, it makes for a much better book.