A.P.Jessett was born in Wiltshire, England, and raised in the adjacent county of Berkshire. At sixteen he put the idea of writing on hold, to gain some experience and maturity.
It took a while, as two marriages, children, and the need to earn a living took over. But the ambition remained, and Mother Earth blends his passion for the natural world with a keen interest in where humanity - perhaps at a defining crossroads in its evolution - goes next.
A.P.Jessett is happily married to his wife of 33 years, and lives in the English county of Hampshire.
Your real name and pen name? Are the same: A.P.Jessett. I want those who doubted to see that I could complete a full-length novel!
Please share some of the best memories of your childhood Playing in the fields and woods of the glorious part of the English countryside where I grew up.
What career did you plan during your education days? I didn’t really plan because what I wanted to do was write novels. The problem with that was that I recognised that I needed some proper life experience first. So I kind of drifted into a succession of jobs and careers - farming, the police force, and then the business world, where I ended up as the CEO of a multi-national subsidiary. It was enjoyable and certainly provided the experience I wanted - but it also side-tracked me from writing, for much longer than anticipated
What languages you can speak and write? English, and enough German to get by in most situations
What is your biggest source of inspiration in life? The natural world, in all its breathtaking beauty and complexity
What hurts you most in this world? The pain suffered by so many as the result of wars and violence beyond their control, at a time when mankind should be moving beyond such barbarity
What is the biggest challenge you have faced? How did you overcome it? Shyness, as a young man. I worked through it by deliberately entering jobs that required a lot of personal interaction, such as the police, and then marketing and sales
If you had to live a day of your life as one of the living or dead personality, who would it be and why? A famous singer would be my choice, because I can’t sing a note - and it would be great to experience the instant feedback that a writer can mostly only dream of!
What is your favorite genre and why? Fantasy, because it provides such infinite scope for creativity and exploration of ideas.
When did you start writing? What is the purpose of your writing? I started about fifteen years ago. My goal, while entertaining and informing, is to raise questions in the mind of my reader. Essentially I agree with what James Baldwin said: ”The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions which have been hidden by the answers.”
Which of your work has been published so far? Would you like to share a synopsis of your work? My novel Mother Earth is out on Amazon in e-book and paperback formats. I wouldn’t want to spoil things for the reader by going beyond what it says on the back cover:
‘The trouble with humans is they’re so backward.’
A majestic golden eagle swoops low over the Men’s Final at Wimbledon, frightening crowds and seen by millions on TV. From high above a large raven looks on. Later, they will discuss the success of the mission. Soon there are more reports of birds and animals acting strangely across the world, almost as if organised. Who or what is behind the odd behaviour, and what does it mean? Environmental activist Lucy Waltham and her partner James Bishop disagree and become caught up in a struggle between people and nature, their employers on opposite sides of a gulf of misunderstanding. Can the different worlds connect and save humanity from itself?
Somewhere between eco-thriller and classic British wildlife novel, Mother Earth is an engaging, honest and informed allegory of contemporary environmental issues that you’ll still be thinking about long after you’ve finished reading. Can mankind find the right path while there is still time?
What are your forthcoming writings? My next novel will be a sequel to the first, its direction guided to an extent by readers’ feedback.
What genres you write in and why? Fantasy, for the reasons already given.
What keeps you motivating towards writing? The desire to improve; and the knowledge that there is so much to write about, and that life is short
If Writing a Book is taken as a project, What are the key essentials you take care of in Project Management? Every writer seems to have different ideas about this, but for me - after seven years working on Mother Earth! - it’s deciding what the story is really about before starting; deciding what the basic structure will be; devising a good opening while, ideally, having a fair idea how the book will end; having the essentials of the plot formulated; doing essential research; keeping good notes and records (my notes ran to more words than the book itself by the end)
How do you plan, schedule and monitor your writing commitments? Boring though it is, I maintain a spreadsheet which details my daily, weekly and monthly targets for getting words on paper. I discipline myself to do a specific number of hours on each day I work, but I’m a slow writer so am invariably behind my initial goals
What are your future plans? To continue writing novels centred around my main interests, the natural world and the important questions affecting the future of mankind within it
What is generally your preference in reading – a paper book or ebook? And why? An ebook can be very convenient, and is here to stay - but there’s still nothing quite like the feel and smell of a real book in the hands
How much real life goes into a fiction writing? Inescapably, a huge amount
Is a high level of imagination important to have for an Author? Yes, it’s surely an essential
What is the last book you finished reading? What is the current book you are reading? The last was a re-reading of Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell. The current book is a very fascinating non-fiction work: Human Universe, by Professor Brian Cox and Andrew Cohen. It goes in great depth into ‘the past, present and future of humanity, from the birth of the Universe to the ultimate fate of our species.’
Your favorite book and why? The wonderful Cold Mountain, by Charles Frazier. It’s a love story set against a serious backdrop - war, its consequences and ultimate lack of glamour - yet within beautifully descriptive evocations of the natural world of North Carolina. A work of genius in my opinion. From earlier times, the novels of Thomas Hardy are firm favourites for similar reasons, especially his masterpieces Far From The Madding Crowd, The Mayor of Casterbridge and Jude The Obscure
Your favorite movie and why? It changes over time, but used to be The Great Escape and is now The Theory Of Everything, the Stephen Hawking biopic. Both are inspirational true stories of courage in the face of almost insurmountable odds.
What is the force that drives you? The knowledge that life is short and I don’t want to be saying on my deathbed - in the words of Shakespeare - I have wasted time, and now doth time waste me
What comes to your mind when you think of India? Vitality, colour, emerging superpower
First thing you do in the morning after waking up? Give thanks that I’m still here
The last thing to do before sleep? Kiss my wife goodnight
If one fine morning you wake up and find your sex changed to the opposite, what will be your first reaction? Hey - this is going to be interesting!
State your best quote Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. Albert Einstein, 1951
The last line of your autobiography would be… He did his best.
The title of your autobiography would be… If At First You Don’t Succeed
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