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Today I’m on the ‘An Extra Shot’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but b
About the Author :
I was born in Walsall, grew up in the West Midlands and now live in Telford with my two cats, Boris and Tai. After working in the health and social care sector for over thirty years, I have now taken early retirement to write the trilogy that has been rooted in my head for most of my life.
Another Shot is the first book in the Shots trilogy, which is based on a first love relationship I had as a teenager. It tells the story of Freddie and Jo-Jo, who are reunited in a coffee shop three decades after the end of their teenage romance. How they originally met, why they parted, what happens in their lives apart, and what happens when they reunite is all told through a series of first person vignettes. The second book, An Extra Shot, will be published in July 2019. I am currently working on the final instalment.
Getting these stories down on paper has been a cathartic process. I hope you enjoy them.
An Extra Shot continues to tell the story of Freddie and Jo-Jo. It moves backwards and forwards through time in a series of first-person flashbacks and describes how the couple fell in love as teenagers, why they drifted apart, what happened in their lives away from each other, and what happens when they meet up again over thirty-five years later.
A failed reconciliation in book one, Another Shot, has left Freddie at a railway station thinking about jumping under a train and Jo-Jo in a hotel room consumed with the dark secret she has carried for most of her adult life. Freddie is saved by his best friend, Jack Sparrow, and Jo-Jo is convinced by her daughter, Amy, to meet up with Freddie again. Freddie then persuades Jo-Jo to go away with him for a long weekend in Devon and the couple return home with their love reignited.
However, Jo-Jo can’t let their relationship continue without telling Freddie the truth about her dark secret. Is their love strong enough to get them through?’
First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂
Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I worked in the health and social care sector for over thirty years, qualifying as a Social Worker in the mid-1990s. I’ve always had a passion for writing but this has been confined to short-stories until a couple of years ago when I decided it was now or never to write the Shots trilogy that has been in my head for most of my adult life. Getting these stories down on paper has been a cathartic process.
Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
As a child, I devoured the Famous Five series of books by Enid Blyton, The Three Musketeers, Arabian Knights, Wind in the Willows, As a grown up, I read whatever interests me from the book blurb or reviews. I’ve just finished ‘The Watchmaker of Filigree Street’ by Natasha Pulley and before that ‘The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock’ by Imogen Hermes Gowar – both were wonderful and highly recommended.
Is there an writer which brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
Mo Hayder. I’ve read every one of her books and I understand she’s also taught on the MA in Creative writing at Bath Spa University, so I think she’d be the perfect person to offer advice and tips.
If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
Dr Watson and I’d get him to tell me all of those adventure stories first hand. From my book, I’d choose Freddie’s best mate, Jack Sparrow. I think he might have a book of interesting stories.
Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
Drinking coffee at regular intervals. I tend to write in a morning.
Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
People watching plays a big part and there are sections of my books that are amalgamations of different characters I’ve come across in real life. I’ve had people say they recognise themselves in particular characters, but that’s only because they like the traits being presented. Most people have nothing to worry about at all.
Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
Definitely a pantser. I go with the flow of the stories. There is no plan. Sometimes they take me by surprise when they emerge from my head fully formed.
Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
Edit. Edit. Edit. Write your story, your way. Don’t give up. Enjoy. Enjoy. Enjoy.
What are your future plans as an author?
To finish my trilogy and move on to the next story, which is currently rooted in my head.
Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
Freddie is about to find out Jo-Jo’s dark secret. He doesn’t react well.
Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Stephen Anthony Brotherton.
The Magic of Wor(l)ds
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