Hello all! Sorry for the lack of posting lately. I’ve been busy, busy, busy. But I’m making up for it now by bringing you Blogs-Of-A-Bookaholic’s first EVER author interview and book giveaway! This is groundbreaking news people! It almost makes me….dare I say …a more professional blogger? Mwuhuhu.
Michael Cargill is a fellow WordPress user, and aspiring author. He is here to share a little bit about himself, and promote his new book Shades of Grey! He is also offering a grand total of TEN copies of his book to give away, so please make him feel welcome.
Let the questions begin! :)
What made you decide to take the leap and self publish?
I used to send stupid emails to people at work and some of those people said I should write a book. In the end I decided to publish some of the stuff that was in the emails and Diary of a Dork was born. It took me a while to pluck up the courage to do it but after that I realized how easy it was to do. Diary of a Dork isn’t actually a story or anything, it’s just off-beat humor that is very different to my other books. Some of the characters in it live on in spirit on my blog though…
Who is your favorite author?
My favourite author is definitely Stephen King. About 18 years ago I read Pet Cemetery on a whim and was hooked almost from the start. His characters are immense and the bits of humor that he throws in are genuinely funny. Some of his more recent output isn’t up to scratch compared to his older stuff but every author goes through bad patches. Sure, in his photos he looks a bit… odd… but he has the perfect face for radio.
Haha, I will admit SK does look quite creepy in his author pictures!
Do you have a ‘writers cave’? (a place you always sit and write from) and if so, what would we find in it? (e.g. coffee, computer, crumpled pieces of paper etc)
Not really. More or less anywhere with a keyboard will do for me. Generally speaking I don’t write for hours at a time, I do it in smaller chunks as I find it too easy to get distracted by things. The only bits of crumpled paper you might find are those that hold bits of old chewing gum. I go through that stuff at quite a fast rate.
If you could have any superpower, which would you choose?
The ability to pause time would be FANTASTIC. I could have a lie-in every day and win every argument by giving myself time to think of something to say. I am not sure how it would work for things like food or water. Could I go swimming in the sea or would the oceans be ‘paused’ solid? I could even find out if Lady Gaga is a man or not.
Haha that sounds like a great idea for a book!
If you could be a character in a book, who would you be?
Is it cheating to say Batman? I love old Bat’s, he is great. He just doesn’t care. Take some people hostage and he will shatter your knee. Mug someone in an alley and he will knock your block off. Steal a bread roll from one of those ‘all you can eat buffets’ and he will just give you a smacked bum. Justice is always served.
Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
It’s largely practice to be honest, much like riding a bike. Don’t get caught up with dos and don’ts in all the writing guides that exist. In fact ignore those writing guides until you have developed the knack for writing. There is no point tangling yourself up with a load of arbitrary rules before you have even started. Also the editing process is almost as important as the initial writing period. No writer can reel off perfect prose right off the bat. After you have written a story there will be plenty of time to correct any mistakes you have made. If you read something back and see lots of mistakes don’t get demoralized as it is perfectly normal. The fact you can see the mistakes is a good thing. Professional writers are nothing without their editors and sub-editors poring over every sentence.
Those are some great tips, I’m sure they will be very helpful for those who want to write!
I noticed that each of your stories in Shades of Grey featured someone from the military, why did you choose to do this?
I have to confess, this question took me by surprise; it certainly wasn’t something I intended and I hadn’t even realized it! Well spotted though. It might be my inner child showing – I find technology and big machines fascinating, especially things that make loud noises and explosions. I love reading about war, WWII in particular, as it is so interesting. Have I often watched YouTube videos of the army blowing things up? Yes. Do I play computer games that involve blowing things up? Oh yes. As a youth did I buy bangers for the express purpose of blowing things up? Oh by Jove yes.
Explain why people should buy your book Shades of Grey twenty words or less:
Each story is very different, giving a perfect mix of suspense, action, thrills and humor. It’s had great reviews too!
So I know all you lovely people are intrigued to hear about this giveaway. :)
What’s that you say? You don’t know how giveaways work? No worries, I’m a newbie at this too! Basically I TRIED to set up a widget through Rafflecopter which looked quite scary as it had one of those creepy looking self destruct in five seconds timers! Haha. BUT it turns out WordPress doesn’t support the widget or something so it’s not working.
So, if you are interested in the giveaway, simply mention that you would like to enter in the comment section below, and be willing to give out your email address to me when the time comes (you don’t need to give out your address or anything like that). I will then use a random number generator to pick the ten winners, and those lucky people will then be given a code for the book so that they will be able to download it for free. Several formats are available including PDF for those that don’t have Kindle’s etc!
So why not give it a go? There are ten copies to giveaway, that’s good odds people! :P After all, how often is it these days that you can get something for free? ;)
Any questions about the giveaway please feel free to contact me by using the comments section in my blog below :)
So in the wise words of Warner Bros, “That’s all folks!”
*PLEASE NOTE: THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANKS FOR VOTING. :)
You can contact Michael by:
Sending a Tweet his direction: @MichaelCargill1
Liking him on Facebook: Michael Cargill
His fellow blogging domain: Regular updates of sarcastic and irreverent nonsense.
Discuss books with him on Goodreads and discover his other works: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5239593.Michael_Cargill
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