Featured Interview With Mel RJ Smith
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born in Wallingford, Berkshire in 1964 and was the youngest of seven siblings. At the tender age of five, our family moved to Basingstoke and started life dwelling in a Nissen hut, before spending several months living with relations in a Split-level, end Terraced house, becoming a household of approximately sixteen. Seeing sense, the council allocated the Smith’s their very own house on a newly built housing estate, often referred to as part of the ‘London overspill.’
Sadly after two divorces, I now live in Warboys a little village in Cambridgeshire with my girlfriend Rosa, her children a Billy (Billy Bad Breath) who play a part in my forthcoming children’s picture book “Hoppie Lottie”
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I have always loved to read. My first was in Junior school, “Stig of the Dump” and then, if I remember correctly after all these years, was “Watership Down” by Richard Adams. Mainly because I went to the cinema to see the film of the same name and also because it was set not far from where I grew up.
I started writing full time in 2012 where I continued to write my Memoirs after writing the first paragraph in the 80’s.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
John Le Carre, Jack Higgins, James Herbet. my favorite Genres are varied but I do have a fondness of Horror and thriller also if I like a film, I intend to read the book.
I feel that I inspire myself with my own words of encouragement but also all of the above.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My Self Published story is “Memoirs of an Ordinary Guy” and I must mention the sub-title (Not Rich, Not Famous, Just Truths) because that’s what I am just an ordinary guy. I actually started to write this in the 80’s (just the first paragraph) but put it to one side, only to pick up where I left off in 2012, after a near death experience with septicemia. I wanted to tell the word my story and maybe, just maybe become that Rich and Famous guy.
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