Sunday, 30 March 2014

Interview with Alex Roddie About Being an Author and the Success of the Atholl Expedition

I first ran into Alex Roddie as the creator of the impressive Glencoe Mountaineer outdoor blog. Glencoe Mountaineer was established by Alex Roddie in 2009 with a humble mission: to provide accessible reports on winter climbing conditions in Glencoe. Since then it has grown to become a chronicle of adventure in the Scottish hills. It changed hands in 2010 when James Roddie took over and has thrived under his editorship. 

His historical fiction, inspired by the mountain heritage of Britain and the Alps, has been described by award-winning author Susan Corrag as "extraordinarily accomplished storytelling - tense, taut and deeply atmospheric". I admire his simple goal – to bring the drama, heroism, and beauty of the mountains into the lives of everyone. He believes that the British hills aren't only for mountaineers and climbers, and that you don't have to be the member of an elite group to enjoy them. Good for you, Alex.

HIs most recent book is superb – "swashbuckling" adventure according to TRAIL magazine and I find it hard to disagree. Should you want to read it, and I urge you to, Amazon can get it to you pretty quick.

The interior art within the Atholl Expedition is marvellous – here's a sample:

His writing is not bad either. So I thought I'd interview him. Here's what he had to say...


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