Playing by my own rules by Alex Laybourne
When it comes to my writing, and my general conduct in life, I play it all by my own rules. I am not saying that I am a hellraiser, at least not with any malicious intent, but rather that, I have a strong view point on what I will and will not accept in my life. If something comes along that messes with these morals, then I will speak out.
Now, as I am sure you can understand, this has often landed me in some rather hot water, but I accept it. Because at the end of the day, I have stood up for what I believe in.
I am a staunch supporter of my friends. I don’t have many, not that I hold close to me, but those I have, will always have my support. Be that in my writing career, or any other walk of life.
There have been times, recent times, where I have found myself in trouble for such support. I refused to turn my back on a friend.
I play by a similar set of principles when it comes to my writing. I will never lower myself to unethical business practices just in order to sell a few books or to give myself a leg over the competition. I don’t know if I will ever succeed in this crazy career path I have chosen, but one thing I know without any shadow of a doubt is that I would rather achieve a small degree of genuine success, than a world of riches claimed through a series of falsities.
I write to tell the story I believe needs to be told. It is my art and is created in my image. I do not feel the need to conform, to write something that matches the current social convention, nor the perceived future. I will not allow someone or some view point to influence my writing.
That is not to say that I don’t take criticism on board, far from it. If someone has advice for me, on how to improve my story, then I am all ears. I have a great group of people around me who understand my writing. They understand what I am trying to build. For them I will always have time.
I guess the trick is that I write by my own rules, and I will not sacrifice my belief in the story for anything that is not in its best interest.
There were several times was one particular section of Diaries of the Damned which, as I wrote it, had me thinking. This is going to ruffle a few feathers. I didn’t let it bother me, but I knew it would be a point of mixed opinion.
Highway to Hell, my first novel has some rather graphic depictions of Hell, and the tortures that await the unrepentant. Almost all of the comments that novel has received have said that the books does not pull any punches, and is not for the faint hearted. I smile every time I read it, because I could have easily toned it down, as my first two editors tried to get me to do. I refused, I knew that they were integral to the story. Not because of their violence, or their raw nature, but because of the lasting effect it would have on the character.
Who is Alex Laybourne?
Born and raised in the coastal English town Lowestoft, it should come as no surprise (to those that have the misfortune of knowing this place) that I became a horror writer.
From an early age I was sent to schools which were at least 30 minutes’ drive away and so spent most of my free time alone, as the friends I did have lived too far away for me to be able to hang out with them in the weekends or holidays.
I have been a writer as long as I can remember and have always had a vivid imagination. To this very day I find it all too easy to just drift away into my own mind and explore the world I create; where the conditions always seem to be just perfect for the cultivation of ideas, plots, scenes, characters and lines of dialogue
I am married and have four wonderful children; James, Logan, Ashleigh and Damon. My biggest dream for them is that they grow up, and spend their lives doing what makes them happy, whatever that is.
For people who buy my work, I hope that they enjoy what they read and that I can create something that takes them away from reality for a short time. For me, the greatest compliment I can receive is not based on rankings but by knowing that people enjoy what I produce, that they buy my work with pleasure and never once feel as though their money would have been better spent elsewhere.
Where can you find me?
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If horror is your thing, then maybe travel the Highway to Hell, alone or with a group, your chance of survival is slim.
If zombies are more to your liking, my crop of British undead in my novel Diaries of the Damned will surely satisfy you craving for terror.