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Today I’m on the ‘Wild Blue Yonder’ blogtour, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.
About the Author :
Mick is a hopeless romantic who was born in England and spent fifteen years roaming around the world in the pay of HM Queen Elizabeth II in the Royal Air Force before putting down roots and realizing how much he missed the travel. He’s replaced it somewhat with his writing, including reviewing books and supporting fellow saga and romance authors in promoting their novels.
He’s the proud keeper of two cats bent on world domination, is mad on the music of the Beach Boys, and enjoys the theatre and humoring his Manchester United-supporting wife. Finally, and most importantly, Mick is a full member of the Romantic Novelists Association. Wild Blue Yonder is the second novel in his Broken Wings series and he is very proud to be a part of the Vintage Rose Garden at The Wild Rose Press.
Air Transport Auxiliary pilot Doris Winter is accused of stealing a valuable item from a famous Hollywood movie star, now a captain in the US Army Air Corps, after a dance at the air base in England where he’s stationed. Gathering her close friends together, she’s determined to clear her name.
Ruth’s POW son suffers a life-changing injury just as her own cottage takes damage in an air raid and Penny’s estranged little sister unexpectedly turns up, having run away from school. Together with the ongoing thefts of items of clothing and surprise personal revelations, these all threaten to hamper their investigation.
In spite of the worsening war situation, they must band together to rise above their troubles and prove love and friendship is worth fighting for.
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?
My name is Mick and I write Historical World War Two Saga’s as, M W Arnold. I’ve two Romanian Werecats who, and don’t speak too loud, I believe are plotting to take over the world. I’d dabbled with writing for a number of years, but had never tried a serious attempt. Then I was persuaded to read ‘The Xmas Factor’ by Annie Sanders, a romance (I’d never read anything in the genre before) by my Lady Wife and the next morning, I had this urge to open my laptop and write down the bare bones of a story that had come to me whilst I slept. Nothing became of this book, but it awakened something in me and I’ve been writing ever since. That was Christmas 2013 when I started it. I then got very lucky in that I was able to join the Romantic Novelists Association. I persisted with that first book for a couple of years before deciding to start a new one. That second book became, ‘The Season for Love’ which was published in 2017.
Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
‘The Hobbit’ by Tolkien was one of the first books I read and it’s still one I can pick up and read at any time nowadays. Unlike ‘The Lord of the Rings’, which I think could have done with a severe edit as (IMHO) it’s overlong and boring in parts, it’s a perfect pace chock full of wonderful characters and set-pieces. The other is ‘The Silver Sword’ by Ian Serraillier. This is the story of some children who have to survive World War 2 Warsaw without their parents, and then navigate their way across post war Europe in search of them. It’s a very moving and gripping story.
Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
Many, too many to mention. If you’re pushing me though, I’d possibly have to say John Wyndham. He wrote a number of books which pretty much carried me through a rather bad time at school. I mean, anyone who can bring out, The Day of the Triffids, then The Kraken Wakes, The Chrysalids and The Midwich Cuckoos, one after the other, can’t be too bad, eh! That must be one heck of a creative brain.
If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
Miss Moneypenny. Can you imagine the stories she could tell?
Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
Well, I do have some habits that are probably bordering on OCD, like before I can write, I have to win four games of online Majong. Okay, so that’s a yes on the OCD. I also can’t write where it’s quiet and usually have to write on my laptop, on the sofa in front of the telly. I also have some favourite films I like to watch whilst I write.
Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
Probably not. My lady wife reads books with a high body count, often in rather dodgy ways so if she wrote, there’s a very good chance I wouldn’t be answering these questions. I’ve always loved history, particularly military, so I get most of my ideas from things I read. Okay, there’s obviously a high body count in wars, but not in the type of books I write. I believe my stories could best be described as ‘cosy’. I know that’s what I’ve heard from a few reviewers.
Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
Hands down, panster. I’ve tried planning and the best I’ve ever done was to get down rough outlines for a few chapters. This I followed but ideas I hadn’t thought of before kept coming to me and being added below my current writing. It simply didn’t seem natural to me. So what I do now is have a general idea of where I want to start and where I want to end, and that’s the limit of planning in my current way of writing.
Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
Firstly, read a lot in the genre you wish to write in, that’s most important. If your favourite authors have website, especially if they have newsletters, sign up, you’ll often get great writing tips as most authors are only too happy to help out novice writers. Don’t give in either. Many a best-selling author received multiple rejections before they got that first publishing contract. Don’t also aim only for the ‘big’ publishing houses, as your chances of being signed by one are slim. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t submit to them of course. Lastly, keep writing.
What are your futureplans as an author?
Hopefully, to keep publishing and selling books. Next on the agenda will be book 3 in this series titled, ‘I’ll be Home for Christmas’ which comes out in October. I also have a tip-top secret project I’m working on at this time of writing which I also hope to get published. I also want to get back to meeting my fellow authors in person again, as I’ve really missed that interaction.
Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
Hmm. How about, the real life movie star who features in this book, really did the job referred to. Plus, the bomber base featured is only about six miles from where I live!
Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, M W Arnold.
The Magic of Wor(l)ds
P.S. Are you an author (or publisher) who also wants a FREE interview like this? You can always contact me via e-mail!