#BlogTour #ZooloosBookTours @ZooloosBT / #QandAs : The M Word #TheMWord – Eileen Wharton @WhartonEileen @SpellBoundBks

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The M Word Tour Poster

Today I’m delighted to be on the ‘The M Word’ blogtour, organised by Zooloo’s Book Tours.
To promote this book I’ll be sharing an interview between the author and me, but first I have some information

About the Author :

Eileen Wharton Author PhotoEileen Wharton is an Oscar winning actress, Olympic gymnast, and Influencer. She also tells lies for a living. Her first novel was published in 2011 to worldwide critical acclaim. And she’s won awards for exaggeration. It did top the Amazon humour chart so she’s officially a best-selling author. She currently has five ‘lively’ offspring ranging from thirty-three to fourteen years of age, and has no plans to procreate further, much to the relief of the local schools and police force. She lives on a council estate in County Durham. She has never eaten kangaroo testicles, is allergic to cats and has a phobia of tinned tuna. She’s retired from arguing with people on the internet.

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About the Book :

The M Word Book CoverRoberta Gallbreath is middle-aged and menopausal.
She dislikes her children, detests her ex-husband and despises her colleagues.
When her mother dies, Roberta is left with a pile of letters and a mystery surrounding her son. The letters reveal Roberta’s heritage is not what it seems and she is soon on a mission to become a better person.
Told with humour and emotion, The M Word is the tale of one woman’s journey to find out where she came from. As she looks to the past for answers, more questions are raised. Will Roberta discover who she really is?

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Hi

First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂
The pleasure is all mine.

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I used to work at the Pentagon until I was discovered by Simon Cowell in a karaoke bar in Virginia. I then spent a few years in Hollywood as a star of stage and screen. The fame all became too much for me when I was stalked by George Clooney, so I retired from public life and became an ordinary middle aged woman from the north of England who tells lies for a living.
I’ve always loved books. My parents used to take us the the library and I loved stamping the front page and handing in the tickets. If I wasn’t an author I think I’d have liked to have been a librarian. My fiancé dreads passing a book shop as he knows he’ll lose me for hours. I used to make up stories and create my own books as a child. I always imagined there being a book on the shelves with my name on it. When I was married I wrote in secret for years on a typewriter I hid at the back of a kitchen cupboard. I started submitting to competitions and came highly commended in one run by writer Wendy Robertson. The success helped encourage me to finish my first novel. I submitted it to agents and publishers, found an awesome publisher and I’ve been writing ever since. I now have no agent and three fabulous publishers. I quit teaching this year to write full time.

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
I loved anything and everything. I loved the Brer Rabbit stories, Tales of Toyland, Mallory Towers and St Clare’s. I loved Judy Blume as a teenager and all American romance books. As an adult I like the classics, modern literary fiction, crime, historical fiction, romance. Anything well written with interesting characters.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
I do pick the brains of many excellent writers. My good friend Kerry ( K A Richardson) has helped me enormously with police procedure. I’ve had some excellent advice over the years too. I’d love to have a natter with Lynda LaPlante though. She’s a fascinating character.

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
I’d invite Oliver twist because he’d be easily pleased with what I fed him and there’s always more in our house.

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
None really, but the process has changed over the years. I used to write in notebooks and then transfer it to a typewriter (yes I’m old) , a word processor, or a laptop. I now mainly write straight onto the computer because I can type faster than I can write these days. I usually have a cup of tea or six to keep me going through the working day. I quite often team up with friends and we do timed writing, sharing word counts to keep us accountable. I feel extremely lucky to have my own writing room now. I spent years scribbling wherever and whenever I could.

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
Ideas can come from anywhere. Everyday life, Art, travels. They should definitely be worried. The buggers should sleep with one eye open haha.

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I’m a pantser who would love to be a plotter. I have tried plotting but it’s not my forte.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
Don’t listen to anything I say.
Try not to compare yourself to others. It always seems like everyone else is more prolific, more successful, smarter, happier, (insert superlative). Appearances are often deceptive especially on social media.
Be prepared for rejection. It happens to all writers. Try not to take it personally.
Keep going. If you give up, you’ll never know how far you could have gone.

What are your futureplans as an author?
Ooh let’s see: BBC adaptation of The M Word. Netflix series of Shit Happens and a Hollywood blockbuster for my crime novels. Maybe a cameo role alongside Idris Elba and Tom Hardy.
I’d just like to keep writing.

Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?

#speeddating
We’re parked on bar stools in Wetherspoon’s. Little tables are dotted around with a chair either side. A man with grey hair and sideburns is holding a stopwatch and a bell. We’re given numbers and allocated tables at which to start.
‘Isn’t it exciting,’ Tammy says.
‘About as exciting as dipping my fingernails in petrol and setting them on fire,’ I say.
‘Come on, Roberta, play the game.’
‘I’ve been playing the game. It’s called Frauds, Fruitcakes and Flakes.’
‘It’s three minutes of your life,’ she says.
‘Yes, ten times.’
‘You might meet Mr Right.’
‘And I might meet Mr Self-Righteous and Mr Look What I’ve Got in My Right Hand?’
‘You’re so negative,’ she says. ‘Put your name badge on and take your seat at table number one. When the bell goes, you don’t do anything. The men will come to you. Here’s your card. Remember to tick all those you want to see again.’
The whole process is as painful as kidney stones.
Mark sits in front of me and asks me how old I think he is.
‘I don’t know, how old are you?’
‘Guess,’ he says. Oh great, a three-minute guessing game, ffs.
‘’Bout forty,’ I say.
‘Thirty-nine,’ he says. ‘No one ever guesses right.’ Kill me now.
‘I could be watching The Chase,’ I say in an aside to Tammy. ‘Or even better, waxing my bikini line.’ A bell rings, and the throng moves, and people take a seat at their next table.
Joe sits opposite me. ‘I’m Joe,’ he says. ‘And you are?’ Read the freaking name badge, stupid.
‘Roberta,’ I say.
‘Tell me something interesting about yourself, Roberta,’ he says.
‘I crossed the Atlantic with Amelia Earhart.’
‘Really,’ he says. ‘That’s amazing.’ What a tit.
‘Tell me something interesting about you.’
‘I make drawing pins,’ he says. Great, give me some to stick in my eyes. Ding, ding. Saved by the bell.

Isn’t that a great reason to pick up the book and read it?!
Thanks once again, Eileen Wharton, for this lovely interview!

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#BlogTour #RandomThingsTours @RandomTTours / #QandAs : The Atenisti #TheAtenisti – Aidan K. Morrissey @AidanKMorrissey #TheConradPress

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UPDATED Atenisti BT Poster

Today I’m delighted to be on the ‘The Atenisti’ blogtour, organised by Random Things Tours.
To promote this book I’ll be sharing an interview between the author and me, but first I have some information

About the Author :

Aidan-K-Morrissey-AuthorAidan K. Morrissey, a lawyer, has lived and worked all over the world, his time in Italy, Germany and India, all of which feature in this, his second novel, has given him a deep insight into their culture and everyday way of life. Aidan was inspired to write ‘The Atenisti’ after reading daily newspaper accounts of horrific attacks on young Indian women and children. An enthusiastic amateur Egyptologist, avid reader and writer, Aidan now lives in Northumberland.

About the Book :

Front Cover jpg‘The Atenisti’ is a global rollercoaster ride of murder, the quest for justice, and retribution through the eyes of a conscience-driven assassin.
Travelling under numerous aliases, Ricci, a member of a secret organisation, finishes a mission in London. Apparently followed, he escapes to Italy. Seeking to avenge the kidnap, rape and murder of a young girl, he is plunged into a battle against a worldwide paedophile ring of extraordinary extent and power. This battle leads Ricci from Italy, through Germany, to India and beyond. Can he take on the might of this criminal network which seems determined to eliminate him?

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And now it’s finally time for the

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Hi

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?
It’s difficult to give a short answer to this question. With a LLB from Leicester University, I qualified as a Solicitor. After some years, I set up my own law practice but was head hunted by an Italian company and I moved to Italy, with my wife in 1990. From 1995 until Covid changed the world, my work entailed me traveling throughout the world and have been lucky enough to have called, Brazil, Germany, the U.S., Italy and India my home for varying degrees of time. Since Covid we have been based in the North-east of England and are (still) building a house in Northumberland. With up to 30 plane journeys a month, I devoured books, often reading a novel in one go on a long haul journey. I have always been an avid lover of literature and a trip to Egypt led me on a series of discoveries which I felt told a story that needed telling. My first novel ‘The Awakening Aten’ was a direct result of this desire. ‘The Atenisti’ my second novel is completely different. For seven years I spent around six months a year in India. I read the newspapers every day and I was horrified and shocked by what I was reading in relation to the treatment of women and children in certain sections of the Indian community. I believed this was something constantly being played down and rarely making the press outside of India. This novel, which is set against the background of real newspaper reports, is my attempt to bring the reality of the situation to a wider audience, in the hope that soething can be done to help.

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
As a child and growing up I always read anything I could get my hands on – from Enid Blyton to Robert Louis Stevenson, with Richard Adams’ Watership Down’ and Kenneth Grahame’s ‘Wind in the Willows’ having a special place in my heart. In later years I have gone through phases with Science Fiction and Fantasy probably being the first. Followed by the crime and court procedural novels of John Grisham, Lee Child’s Reacher novels, Michael Connelly, Ann Cleeves, Particia Cornwell… the list is almost endless but I have read everything written by these authors and many more. In the last ten years my first love has been historical novels with Pauline Gedge and Bernard Cornwell being the writers I most enjoy in this genre, however I read so many novels by many different novelists. I think I can sum up my taste as ‘anything which is well written and true to the time period it is written in.’

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
This is a great question – by which I mean almost impossible to answer!

I suppose Bernard Cornwall and Stephen King would be high on the list as he is such prolific writers with seemingly bottomless pits of imagination. But, I think I would choose James A. Michener, whose Novel ‘Hawaii’ I read in my early teens and it gave me a love of family sagas. I would have liked to ask him how he was able to write novels where because of death and tragedy there is a constant stream of characters but each well rounded and believable.

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
It would have to be ‘The Mad Hatter’ from the Lewis Carroll ‘Alice’ stories. Simply because the tea would go on forever and I’d never know what would happen next.

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
I have no rituals, but I, like many other writers, particularly of historical fiction, have a habit of going down research wormholes and spending copious amounts of time on researching the most miniscule of details!

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
It depends on the genre I am working in. If historical, it will be a person who lived or event which took place in the period I am looking at. Currently I am writing a novel based entirely around a body discovered in a grave from more than a thousand years ago. How did he get there? Why was he buried with those items?
If writing more contemporary stories, again I like to find a factual basis, but yes, I do base certain characteristics of the people in my novels on people I know now or have known previously. Hopefully they are sufficiently disguised so no-one will take offence.

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I fall in the middle and tend to call myself a ‘planster.’ I tend to want to know where the story I am writing is going to end, but generally the road to get there is completely left to the moment. It’s like deciding to go from John o’Groats to Landsend. You know you have to go in a general south westerly direction but there can be unsinposted side roads and roundabouts you weren’t expecting which can take the journey anywhere.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
That’s easy – do believe in yourself and your writing and don’t give up.

What are your futureplans as an author?
I am writing the sequel to my Egyptian Novel. The story is set to cover a further 75 years or so of history which will take another four books to tell.
There is potentially a sequel to ‘The Atenisti’ in the offing and the story I mentioned before about the ancient skeleton.

Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
‘Always leave expecting not to return,’ more of Giacomo’s wise words. I never disobeyed one of his lessons. He disobeyed once and it got him killed…
Giacomo had always liked neat and tidy, he would not have liked his own crime scene photos. There is nothing neat about having your face chewed off and throat ripped out by dogs.

Isn’t that a great reason to pick up the book and read it?!
Thanks once again, Aidan K. Morrissey, for this lovely interview!

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