Friday Five: A. L. Maher

tim the toothpaste trollThis week’s Friday Five focus is A. L. Maher, author of children’s fiction and not children’s horror short stories, novellas, and novels.

He’s a graphic designer interested in motorcycles, martial art, music, story telling, and writing – got bitten by that bug a few months ago now.

His latest work, the children’s story Tim, The Toothpaste Troll, is a good story if you’ve ever wondered how or why your toothpaste ends up all hard and crusty. Follow the adventures of Tim, an unemployed troll who is out to find himself. He’ll have a try at anything from being a sandman, to butterfly painting, but he’ll have to think quick if he’s to avoid being caught by the notorious Tinkerbell’s Angels Outlaw Motorcycle Fairy Gang. And it’s FREE on Amazon right now!

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1. What was your attitude towards reading when you were a kid?

I was a massive bookworm. I started on Harry Harrison, then went to Tolkien, then pulled back into Sci Fi. As a 16 year old, I discovered James Herbert and Stephen King. I’ve been a horror fan ever since.

2. What literary character are you most like and why?

Jon Snow. I know nothing…and I’m still alive for the moment.

3. What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why? What was the best thing about that job and why?

I was a dish pig at a greasy Joe’s Cafe as a kid in England …

Why was it the worst … I was a dish pig at a greasy Joe’s Cafe in England … there was no upside ;-)

4. What do you want your tombstone to say?

“I’ve tied my shoelaces together” … it’ll be piss funny if there’s a zombie apocalypse!

5. Where do your inspiration and ideas for your stories come from?

I’m simply a funnel. The story starts from me, but then the characters take on a life of their own and they start to tell me what happens. I just channel what they tell me.

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A.L.’s latest work, Tim, The Toothpaste Troll, is currently FREE at Amazon.

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1 Comment

  1. I love your #3. lol. Great answer, and answer to the followup!

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