Andrew Hood Author
Andrew Hood, Award-winning Australian writer has released a breakout novel to rave reviews and hunger for the next book...
The book follows the death of a man, Isaac McGlynn, who gets to see his life flashed before his eyes as he crosses from this life, to the next. This transition provides him with a unique perspective on his life and shows him the true nature of those that he had cared for in his time. He sees that the lives of those loved are falling apart without him and he needs to make the ultimate deal with Heaven to save them.
'It all started for me when I was driving home and someone on the radio said, 'When you die, you can't take anything with you' and it left me asking 'why not' and 'what if I could? And what would I want to take with me?' explains author, Andrew Hood. When asked what the book was about, he'd reply, 'Perspective. It is all about perspective. I invite my readers to consider the perspective they have in their own lives and question if they are seeing everything the way they should. Do they consider themselves a victim in life, or are they lucky with the opportunities they have? Sometimes it is all a matter of perspective.' 'There is no going back for me now,' he said.
The sequel to The Man Who Corrupted Heaven will be called The Man Who Settled the Score and it is due for release 2021 by Shawline Publishing Group Australia.
Who inspires you?
Paulo Coelho, Mitch Albom (my writing has been described as a mixture of both) Matthew Reilly
How many books have you published?
3 and a Novella all self published (Happy to give one of my older books away if it will help sales)
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
15 years ago
How long does it take you to write a book?
What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
I write from 11pm to 12am most nights
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Every word, every page, every chapter, counts
How did you find the publishing process?
Awful – I can’t work in a system that is designed for 99% of people to fail. Bradley was the first person that I trusted in the business in the last 3 years.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
I love philosophy. A few years ago, I heard a famous quote “You can’t take anything with you when you die.” This got me thinking, “Why not?” and “What if that wasn’t true?” After obsessing over these questions for about half an hour, I wrote the first two lines of my book: “It is often said that you come into this world with nothing and leave it the same way. Isaac McGlynn, however, was determined to prove this adage wrong.” Then I wrote the title, The Man Who Corrupted Heaven. At that point, I had no idea what the book was about, but that’s where it all started.
When did you write your first book and how old were you?
About 15 years ago I wrote my Novella Suggesting Murder – It took me 5 years to write 44,000 words and my friends didn’t like it because to them it was too close to home about me. I was 30
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Family 3 kids, Music and Soccer
What does your family think of your writing?
They are very proud of me
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I learned a lot about myself. All of the things that I believe about life became crystal clear on the page.
Do you have any suggestions to help others become a better writer?
Write blog type posts about big moments in your life like I did when I was a blogger talking about my Anxiety and Depression. If you get good at describing your life first then you will also get good at writing stories.
I have also shared videos on my Facebook about how I cultivate and workshop my ideas and also why I decided to become the author that I wanted to become. This includes my writing philosophy which I developed around aiming to be Unique, Timeless, Insightful and Easy when writing each novel.
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
Every day I hear from 10-20 of them and most love the book. Some even say it is their new favourite all time book. I have heaps of Facebook quotes like this about my book that I can share.
You can read some great reviews here
Do you like to create books for adults/kids/cause? Why?
Adults – I like deep themes
What do you think makes a good story?
Insight into something new. I want to change readers in some way. Have them thinking about my stories for days and weeks after. What I have settled for each books goal is to “Change the world, one reader at a time”
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
What are your plans for your future book/s?
I want to finish this Trilogy and then I have plans for another 2-3 books in another series (already written the first 20,000 words for the first book) Finally I have a separate book which will either be my masterpiece or a complete disaster 😉 I’m not struggling for book ideas.
What tips would you share with other new writers about your learnings?
Learn to write in passion first. Foster and develop your own way to generating and keeping ideas.
What were your inspirations?
For me, it is a book about perspective. It is about how we see our lives from our perspective and how limiting this can sometimes be. The main character of this book, Isaac McGlynn, was extremely rich and successful, albeit from a fractured background. However, he soon learns that, within one small step away from his life — a different perspective — everything he believed to be true was not. It was simply his perspective of his world that made it true for him. In writing this book, I encourage the reader to occasionally try and get a glimpse outside of their perspective … if that’s even possible!
How do you decide on the characters in your book?
I wanted only 3 characters so that I could focus on them and not have to keep track of a major cast of players. My main character was called Isaac McGlynn because I wanted a biblical name (Isaac) and a business name (McGlynn). I needed to find a system because I’m not good at making them up from scratch like some authors. I got the names from my favourite Australian football team — the Sydney Swans — and mixed the first and last names of different players. I use the Netball team sheet for the women. It helps because I feel like I know them just a little already before they even hit the page.
What drew you to the subject matter or the characters?
I initially wanted to know how I mighty go about taking something to heaven with me If I’d wanted to. How would I go about it and why? I then leveraged a time in my life when I was hypnotized so I was able to draw on that experience for my afterlife encounters. I am not a Christian, so I wanted to create a version of heave that made sense for me with no god and not like a democracy.
What was the biggest challenge when writing the book?
Time and exhaustion
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