Alan Veale

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I tend to describe myself as “a creative writer”. The reason for that is I get bored easily. I write books, yes. But then I also write comedy sketches, and I read books. And, if I feel strongly about something I read – I sometimes write reviews too. After all, if someone goes to the trouble of telling you a story, it’s not unreasonable to tell them if you liked it, or not. Feedback helps a writer to learn, to develop their skills, and to gain a following. Yes, especially if those reviews sometimes seem a little harsh!

So far, I’ve written and self-published two novels, a memoir and a travelogue. Along the way I have had feedback that has encouraged me to develop my skills – and while I won’t pretend I sell a lot of books, I do enjoy writing.
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Alan Veale Curiously that is my current project! I am nearing completion of a non-fiction piece that is effectively a part of my own family history. Three years …moreCuriously that is my current project! I am nearing completion of a non-fiction piece that is effectively a part of my own family history. Three years before I was born my parents and older sister emigrated to Australia. That was in 1949, and the world was a very different place to today. All manner of things went wrong and my family returned to the UK a year later. My father died after another seven years while I was still very young, and my mother rarely talked about her experiences down under. My sister was also too young (3) to remember much about it. It was not until after our mother died in 1985 that we found a whole batch of letters she had written from Australia to relatives, and the human story they contained is what has finally inspired me to set down as a memoir. I've learned a lot about my own family background in the process, so you could say I've been exploring a mystery there. Thanks for the opportunity to plug my next piece, currently titled 'A Kangaroo in My Sideboard'. And watch this space!(less)
Alan Veale Hi Edward. Let's just say that "Gone Girl" was the last book I read before feeling ready for a rant of some sort! My comment therefore applies to othe…moreHi Edward. Let's just say that "Gone Girl" was the last book I read before feeling ready for a rant of some sort! My comment therefore applies to other authors too, although Flynn's book failed to grab me in the way that the hype promised. Personally, I found her treatment of her central characters a tad distasteful, and I was left feeling distinctly UNsatisfied at the end - but at least I did see it through to the end. There have been at least three previous volumes on my list that got put aside less than a third of the way through - either because I was bored, irritated at the plot structure or characterisation, or simply found that the storyline was of no interest. Collectively, these are all the subject of my wrath because they fail to deliver in some way - and if I'm parting with good money for my books, I somehow feel cheated. Have I explained myself to your satisfaction?(less)
Average rating: 3.81 · 27 ratings · 6 reviews · 4 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Murder Tree

3.88 avg rating — 24 ratings — published 2013 — 4 editions
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A Kangaroo In My Sideboard

4.50 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 2017 — 2 editions
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The Titanic Document

did not like it 1.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 2021 — 2 editions
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Three Bears and a Jackaroo!

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Picture There are fringe benefits to writing about true mysteries. Sometimes you find you can actually touch them in some way. This was particularly the case with my first novel The Murder Tree, when I imagined what it might be like for someone from the present day to discover their personal connection to someone involved in a historic murder. It was hugely satisfying for me to be approached by one lady Read more of this blog post »
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