Fine author Clive Eaton ( The Pyramid Legacy) has kindly invited me to join A VERY BRITISH BLOG TOUR 2013.
This is a collection of Blogs, Books and Authors with a particularly British bent. No doubt because they’re British. Each author in the list has been asked the same questions though no doubt all the answers will be different because theirs are diverse group of genres.
Click on the authors name to see how they answered the questions. And make allowances please for the fact I have never taken part in a blog tour before.
So, shall we start with the questions…..
Q. Where were you born and where do you live at the moment?
I was born on an RAF camp in Germany way back in the distant past when aeroplanes still worked by elastic band.
Q. Have you always lived and worked in Britain or are you based elsewhere at the moment?
Yes, I’ve always lived and worked here. I was afraid if I left they wouldn’t let me in again.
Q. Which is your favourite part of Britain?
Where else but the hills of home of course. Wales is full of ancient Magic and I’m hoping it will work on this ancient soon. To be honest, I have an affinity with a few different parts of Britain where the people are friendly and a particular link to Stockport and one Butcher’s wonderful ( diabetic suitable) pork pies.
Q. Have you ‘highlighted’ or ‘showcased’ any particular part of Britain in your books? For example, a town or city; a county, a monument or some well-known place or event?
The main part of my books is based in the fictitious County of Barsetshire but if the fourth book comes to fruition there will be a reference to a particular part of Wales and it’s town and lake. There are local elements of this area in all three books out at the moment and shops/cafes we frequent are mentioned in code.
Q. There is an illusion – or myth if you wish – about British people that I would like you to discuss. Many see the ‘Brits’ as ‘stiff upper lip’. Is that correct?
The stiff upper lip contingent is almost gone. You can still see remnants of it in some great grandparents and some grandparents and of course in my writings. These days people are more likely to expect it of the upper class and the gentry of BBC period dramas. People aren’t so ready to give themselves over to fate these days.
Q. Do any of the characters in your books carry the ‘stiff upper lip’? Or are they all ‘British Bulldog’ and unique in their own way?
The hero is very much stiff upper lip when faced with his nemesis- women, a species he doesn’t know how to cope with. The rest of the time he seems to muddle along OK.
Q. Tell us about one of your recent books?
The most recent, More Barsetshire Diary, continues where the first book stopped. Lord David is still trying to complete the promise Lady J
dropped him in made on his behalf as well as a new one she made in his name. And of course the village carries on in it’s own sweet way even allowing for the visit from a mysterious Sheikh. Mellors the gardener meets Lady C and Grizelda still manages the house. Oscar of course still rules the roost as cats do. This book has illustrations done by a great young artist called Sara Japanwalla.
Q. What are you currently working on?
Damn, you leave no stone unturned do you. I have started a fourth book but it’s further episodes of Lord David’s life as The Queen’s Envoy which conveniently was the title of the second book and the prequel to the first. This one is coming in fits and starts though because I’m otherwise preoccupied at the moment.
Q. How do you spend your leisure time?
Easy-peasy. I like to spend time with my family. I’m also known as something of a shopaholic so I’m always looking for an excuse to ‘Go for Coffee’ to different places. I love reading so as long as Big Bang Theory isn’t on the TV you’ll often find me with a book in my hands.
Q. Do you write for a local audience or a global audience?
Always a global audience. Although I find that humour does differ from place to place, the prat- falls of life resonate everywhere.
Q. Can you provide links to your work?
I think I can manage that.
My Barsetshire Diary. http://www.amazon.com/My-Barsetshire-Diary-Recorded-Posterity/dp/1456479776/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1360763310&sr=1-5&keywords=lord+david+prosser
The Queen’s Envoy. http://www.amazon.com/Queens-Envoy-Lord-David-Prosser/dp/1447511816/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1360763310&sr=1-3&keywords=lord+david+prosser
There are of course ebooks for each of these paperbacks.
I’ve invited the following British, though not necessarily based in Britain, Authors to take part in the tour. Once they’ve agreed and set up their answers on their own sites then clicking on the name below will take you there.
Owen Jones http://behind-the-smile.org
John Paul Davis theunknowntemplar.com
Pete Denton petedenton.wordpress.com