Alan Cash began writing at an early age and got into Science Fiction via Dan Dare in the Eagle in the 1950s. His mother used to tell him endless stories and that started him off by telling his own.
As a founder member of the Birmingham Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Group he was nurtured by all the other members ( eventually all women – some of them who have gone on to become quite famous ) writing numerous short storie, honing his writing style before embarking on a novel. Consequently his novels contain a high proportion of feisty women.
He had tried, before the group was formed, writing two novels – one an alternate world fantasy ( which the agent kept for a year and pinched the lever arch file, sending it back in a brown paper parcel ) and another – a comedy drama. One agent said that she didn’t “do” talking animal stories. Mention of Watership Down and The Plague Dogs, both by Richard Adams, fell on deaf ears.
Eventually, after much rewriting and pummelling by the group The Janus Effect a time travel novel using “the grandmother
paradox” set in a Britain outside the EU in 2040 long before Brexit was thought of ( it just happened 20 years earlier than I thought it would!) was published by Ylolfa of Talybont, Wales.
It has been followed by The Xandra Function ( also published by Ylolfa ) a love story wrapped round a cutting-edge immersive computer game. The action takes place both in the virtual and the real world, but when the two begin to coalesce the inventor, a petite redhead named Fran McCallister, finds herself fighting for her life and that of her heroine.
He is currently working ( very slowly! ) On a science fiction ghost story novel set in Wales.
He is a former ESOL ( English for Speakers of Other Languages ) teacher and divides his time between the Welsh coast and the Midlands.
Links and Images:
Alan Cash Website