One of the things we want to do here at Trust & Treachery is give you a chance to get to meet our authors. Over the next few weeks, you will see bios and Q&As for our amazing contributors. Today is Edoardo Albert. Stay tuned as additional authors are added every Monday.
Editors, Trust & Treachery
Edoardo Albert is a writer of Sri Lankan and Italian extraction, now based in London. He can be found online at: www.edoardoalbert.com. He can also be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Edoardo-Albert/213876768659001 and Twitter at www.twitter.com/EdoardoAlbert
Do you have any recent events to announce (of publications or anything else exciting)?
‘Imam al-Ghazali: a Concise Life’ is a biography of the second most influential Muslim in history and most recently, ‘Northumbria: The Lost Kingdom’ tells the story of the all but forgotten kingdom that created England.
What inspired you to write this story?
The first sentence. Once I knew Mr Perkins was a slipper-wearing demon, I had to find out more about him, and his neighbours.
What books and/or authors have most influenced you?
I can tell you which authors I like the most, but I’m not sure how much they’ve influenced me: JRR Tolkien, Patrick O’Brian, Robert Heinlein’s juvenile novels, Rudyard Kipling, Robert Louis Stevenson.
What are you reading now?
A Great and Terrible King: Edward I and the Forging of Britain, by Marc Morris.
What are your current projects?
I’ve just finished the text for ‘Northumbria: the Lost Kingdom’, but I’ve still got to find photos, create maps, draw up time lines and genealogies, and the thousand and one other things that go towards making a book. (Note from editors – our bad for not getting this bio up sooner BUT you can find out more about this great history here and can purchase your own copy! Congrats Edoardo!)
Do you have any advice for other writers?
If you really are a writer, success or failure is irrelevant, writing is as fundamental as breathing.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I hope you enjoy the story.
What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?
It’s Bede’s account of the speech of one of the king’s thegns when Edwin and his councillors meet to discuss whether the Northumbrians should accept Christianity.
“You are sitting feasting with your ealdorman and thegns in winter time; the fire is burning on the hearth in the middle of the hall and all inside is warm, while outside the wintry storms of rain and snow are raging; and a sparrow flies swiftly through the hall. It enters in at one door and quickly flies out through the other. For a few moments it is inside, the storm and wintry tempest cannot touch it, but after the briefest moment of calm, it flits from your sight, out of the wintry storm and into it again. So this life of man appears but for a moment, what follows or indeed what went before, we know not at all. If this new doctrine brings us more certain information it seems right that we should accept it.”
What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life?
Being a husband and father.
What inspires you to write and why?
Success or failure may be irrelevant to being a true writer, but money assumes considerably more importance when you have three mouths to feed!
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
My wife is my sternest, and most perceptive, critic.
Simply reading my work is a compliment, being an investment of time, imagination and intuition beyond any recompense.
Tell us something unusual (or fun) about you.
The best response to my writing was a piece that reduced a friend to helpless, rolling-on-the-floor laughter. Unfortunately, the piece in question was a lonely hearts ad.