is this guy — and
where does he get such notions?
It seems an author needs a
website these days.
Apparently, they’re quite
useful for a variety of
things: keeping the interest of one’s audience piqued, offering up
personal tidbits, elucidating all those murky motivations (or “the
process,” if you prefer), lifting the veil to reveal how much of the
fiction is actually “real,” and sundry other functions. Though
shameless self-promotion, of course, always tops the list.
At any rate, my publisher told
me to build one
(something about all of the above, plus responding
controversies over my first book), so…tah dah.
I confess at the outset that
most of those topics don’t
really appeal to me. Oh, I’ll discuss any of ’em with you at some
catch me in a pub, in the right frame of mind. But I generally feel the
should speak for itself. And as for the personal stuff? Well, that’s
isn’t it? (Trust me, plenty of it finds its way into the pages of my
all grist for the mill.) You will, nevertheless, discover a few
details scattered throughout this site (see: FAQ).
Which gets us neatly around
to which elements of my stories might be autobiographical. But let’s
there, either. I dare say I’ve led a more interesting life than most — to
extent you’d scarcely believe the half of it, were I to present it as
recollection. That’s why I write fiction. It’s more believable than
often are; and, when written well, the outright lies from which it’s
contain more of the truth.
With regard to a website’s
primary function, as
specified already, let’s just say that I’ve been called shameless on
one occasion, will concede the point, and accept it with good grace. My
self-promotion, however, tends more toward the J. D. Salinger
model — you’re not
likely to see me on a book tour any time soon.
Instead, I invite you to get
acquainted with me here.
Feel free to ramble around on this site. Gods know, I do.
Because there are other reasons
for creating one.
Better reasons, in my opinion. Simply to offer some content which you
find of interest, and provide you with some amusement. Bearing that in
perhaps you’ll also forgive me for selling a few books along the way.
Incidentally, to partially
answer the question posed at
the top of the page: I’m afraid that’s still something of a mystery,
me. But this online presence is a small attempt to address the issue.
So, welcome to my thought
processes. Some of them,
anyway. There are others offered for sale at a very modest price, at
conveniently provided above.
One last thing. Never doubt
that the attention you
bring to my work is genuinely appreciated. Without a few literate
All the best,
Antony Innis Travers