Introducing…..

Andrew J. Hardy

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SO WHEN WERE YOU BORN?

October 1967

WHICH MAKES YOU…

A Libran. I’m actually a very balanced person too… apart from when I’m drunk.

AND WHERE?

Err – I’m a Libran everywhere, its like – part of me?

NO, WHERE WERE YOU BORN?!

Singapore

NO WAY!

Way..

CAN WE ASK HOW COME?

My Dad was stationed there in the RAF

WAS IT LIKE – REALLY COOL?

No it was bloody hot…!

SO ARE YOU – SINGAPORIAN?

NO. I’m English. But I have two birth certificates

COOL! SO WHERE ARE YOU FROM HERE ?

Luton, Bedfordshire. The place with an airport.

DO YOU STILL LIVE THERE?

No, I currently reside in the Kingdom of Scouse with my Wife and two cats.

IS THAT YOUR REAL NAME?

No.

SO ITS YOUR WRITING PSEUDONYM?

Yes.

SO WHY THIS NAME?

It’s my birth forename, my deceased Fathers middle name initial (Joseph) and my wife’s maiden name…

OH BLIMEY SORRY WE ASKED THAT!

That’s ok.

DID YOU HAVE A GOOD EDUCATION?

After years of being used as an illicit infant drugs mule, yes… A good ol’ Luton Comprehensive & V1th Form education yielding 7 ‘O’ Levels and 1 ‘A’ Level. I Opted out @ 18 years old to go and find the real world, The ‘University of Life’ became my tutelage

COOL. DID YOU FIND IT? THE MEANING OF LIFE THAT IS?

Yeah, I guess I did. Still finding it to be fair…

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE SUBJECT?

English- both Language and Literature.

AND WAS THE DRUGS MULE BIT A JOKE?

Neigh…. ok yes it was.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB:

Fresh Food supervisor @ Bejams Freezer Food company 1983; It taught me about OCD and the importance of how straight labels look better than crooked ones… like FACT. Don’t ever mess with the labels.

FAVOURITE EVER JOB:

BRAND MANAGER – Outdoor Venture. Just me, my office and a whole new retail format to invent…. until the company went bust.

DAMN. HATE THAT.

Me too. But it taught me to adapt and survive etc.

WHAT DID YOU DO?

Went back to being a drugs mule… oh and I became an international hitman. Kill rate: 100%

NO WAY! HOW MANY DID YOU KILL?

Did you actually think I was being serious?

ERR….

Jeez…. OK next question

WHO DO YOU SUPPORT?

Everton Football Club – an irrational, all encompassing obsession since 1977….

GREATEST FASCINATION?

EVOLUTION – the only answer to why we are here

RELIGIONS BELIEFS?

See above

WHAT – EVOLUTION?

NO! Evertonian. And Athiest

EH? WOW, YOU’RE – ONE OF THEM?!

An Evertonian? Yes…

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT THE WORLD?

THe world itself: Space, the stars, the planets; the oceans, I love the sea and all that swims in in. I love Nature, wildlife and the Great Outdoors- basically the enormity of everything.

AND THE LEAST..?

Homo Sapiens generally… too much belief in magic men and not enough credence to scientific fact. That and the fact that they seem hell bent on destroying our wonderful planet. We are over evolved, in my opinion, and we don’t know how to cope with it!

BLIMEY. THATS DEEP.

I’m a deep kinda guy…

WHAT IS YOUR USP?

Creative writing; ok its not original but its what I do best, and I do it my way. I think differently, uniquely.

NOW WE’RE TALKING!

At last eh… I am currently trying to write my first novel called “Warriors of the Rainbow World’…..

COOL! WHATS IT ABOUT?

Rainbows. Oh and Warriors…

HOW MUCH HAVE YOU WRITTEN?

75,000 words of book 1.

AND HOW MANY BOOKS ARE THERE?

FOUR.

ANY GOOD?

I think so.

EVER BEEN PUBLISHED?

Yes

WHERE ABOUTS?

A wonderful new writing Magazine called TWiG published my first ever article, a story called “FAMILY”

WOW SO WE STOLE YOUR PUBLISHING CHERRY THEN?

You did indeed.

ANYTHING ELSE YOU ENJOY?

Amateur photography; Music, films & social media

DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE BAND?

Yes – U2

GREATEST SONG EVER WRITTEN?

Stairway to Heaven….. or Imagine. The words to imagine are my dream scenario for the world. Will never happen of course.

FAVOURITE COLOUR?

Blue.

MAGIC NUMBER?

Seven…. Seven dominates my life, and my story.

WHATS YOUR ALL TIME DREAM FOR YOU?

To swim with a Great White Shark… just to see one would be a start. An amazing, perfectly formed creature, persecuted only by us…

AND WHAT’S YOUR GREATEST FEAR?

Heights…

LAST QUESTION: WHATS YOUR FAVOURITE SHAKESPEARE QUOTE? EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE ONE….

“I Know you all, and will awhile uphold the unhooked humour of your idleness…. yet herein will I imitate the sun who doth permit the base contagious clouds to smother up his beauty from this world……” etc etc

WOW, WHICH ONES THAT FROM?

Last question you said.. go find out for yourself, call it research…

AH OK. THANKS FOR YOURT TIME!

My pleasure