About the Author
Andy Lang was born in the north west of England in 1965 and worked in the early years as an engineer in an agricultural manufacturing company, moving from the United Kingdom in the late 1990’s he subsequently spent many years in the entertainment industry in Cataluña, Northern Spain and property sales in Andalucia, Southern Spain, he is currently an Independent Financial Advisor in East Africa. Over the years he has travelled extensively and has lived in Spain, the west of France, Brazil, Kenya and South Africa.
He currently lives with his wife and their young son in Uganda.
What inspires you to write romance books?
To date I have only written one dedicated romantic fiction book, Peninah’s Passion, although several of my other books do have a romantic aspect (The Fountain of Saba and Tokoloshe in particular).
This is something that I intend to remedy in the future once I have worked my way through all of the promised works in progress!
Tell us about how you write:
I tend to write in bouts, and generally at night (it’s quieter then). I would describe myself as probably more seat of the pants, in so much that I only map out a very basic plot before settling down to write, and that pre-determined plot usually goes out of the window early on as inspiration strikes.
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Strangely enough yes. While I was writing Traffik: The Stolen Girls, a story about human trafficking and forced prostitution, I often woke after dreaming about “my girls” as I came to know them, I became so totally engrossed in their lives that I constantly had to remind myself that they were fictional, and found myself saying things like, what are you going to do now Akinyi, or Jata. These girls really became very real to me.
What advice would you give other writers?
I am probably not alone in thinking this, but romance and erotica can be written tastefully and still satisfy. Before I published Peninah’s Passion I downloaded a number of romance/erotica titles, basically to check that I hadn’t gone too overboard. What I read proved that I hadn’t, but rather than being aroused by certain passages, I closed the book and deleted, believe me, I am no prude, but I still feel tasteful is better than crude.
This is only my opinion, but for new writers, I would suggest a similar approach. Write what you want, and then compare. ou can then either spice it up, or tone it down.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Originally I self published and was luck enough to score a bestseller very quickly, but some months later I moved over to a publisher, it is a relief not to have to go through the proofing and editing anymore.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I love physical books… but I think it is fact that the future is electronic.
What genres do you write:: romance, contemporary fiction, thrillers and suspense, fantasy, historical fiction, science fiction
What formats are your books in: Both eBook and Print