This humble blog is a home for the words of Andy Hutchinson, an aspiring author and unrepentant geek. You can find some information about my first novel – a comic fantasy called Afterlife Ltd – by clicking on the menu above. Welcome.
I was born and raised in the UK in an ordinary little town called Letchworth, which is about 30 miles north of London. I have two parents, three siblings and one dog. I am married and have one son. I went to school in Letchworth and then Stevenage and was awarded a degree in English and American Studies at Middlesex University.
My main hobby is photography. If you’re keen on looking at my photos, you can find them here. I also love music, films and Jaffa Cakes. My musical tastes are broad but I particularly like drum and bass, grime, dubstep and breakbeat. My tastes in movies are equally broad, but not terribly highbrow – I like explodey superhero movies, heist flicks and science fiction. My tastes in Jaffa Cakes run only as far as the original McVities Jaffa Cake and not to any of the imposter brands that serve only to demean the great Jaffa Cake name.
Books and Authors
As a child I was obsessed by books. At primary school I would far prefer to be in the library than playing ‘war’ or football. Early joys were anything by Roald Dahl, C.S. Lewis or Tolkien. I loved The Stainless Steel Rat, My Family and Other Animals, The Borribles and Asterix. I read 2000AD and Starlord. I was overwhelmed by Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (and anything else Douglas Adams wrote), along with the books of Robert Rankin, Tom Holt, Terry Pratchett, JK Rowling and, of course, Neil Gaiman.
Some random stuff
It took me four attempts to find the right degree course. I started with Computer Science and then transitioned into Geography. From there I tried Medieval English, before finally settling on English and American Studies.
I accidentally became a DJ in 1991. The owner of the bar I was working part-time in bought a nightclub and had no money left to hire a real DJ. Knowing I had lots of records he asked me to do it. So I learnt to DJ in front of a crowd of 250 people. I carried on DJing for the next decade.
I have broken my nose five times. The first time I broke it going head-first down a water-slide at the local pool and I ducked my head early. The second time I got hit in the face by a wooden staff at scouts during a light-sabre battle. The second time I got elbowed in the face in rugby. Times four and five were in fights.
I didn’t speak until I was five.