Thank you for joining me today for my stop on the blog tour for The Belch Park Field Trip by Andrew Mackay. I have a Q&A to share with you all but first of all let’s take a look at the description for the book...
IT'S A JUNGLE IN THERE!
Henry Williams has never been a leader.
Or stood up to the bullies.
Or kissed the girl of his dreams.
In fact, he’s never stood out from the school crowd.
Mind you, he’s only twelve years-old.
And a foot shorter than his classmates.
All that will change today, though.
The school inspectors are visiting Chrome Junction Academy.
The principal needs to get rid of the cream of the cr@p!
He would have preferred to send them to another galaxy far, far away...
Instead, the obnoxious, high-on-energy-drinks brats are off to...
Roller coasters! Mega-drop towers! Ghost trains! Ferris wheels! Bumper cars!
No end of opportunities for fun, thrills and spills!
The perfect place to run rampant and enjoy themselves...
South London's notorious Our Lady of Sacrifice Roman Catholic school is also there.
They're Chrome Junction Academy's natural enemy.
NOW IT'S WAR!
Limbs will break...
Dares will result in irreparable damage...
The innocent will be caught in the crossfire...
Even the park may not survive
Henry’s destiny awaits...
Chrome Junction Academy's underdog must step up... and grow a pair.
He'll have to ensure the safety of his friends.
Fend off the bigger, badder kids.
...and get them out of Belch Park in one piece!
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Thank you for taking part in the Q&A, let's get started…
1 – What three words best describe your personality?
Psychotic, Zany, Impatient
2 - Is there a book you wish you could have written?
Not really. There are books I admire, but those belong to other author’s imagination. Everyone’s different. I can’t imagine any author worth their salt wanting to have written someone else’s book. I’ve written fifteen, now, and I wish I had written them all – and I did. And there’s more coming. Loads more…
3 – What was the last book you read?
Mastering Amazon Ads by Brian Meeks. A non-fiction book, probably not for consumption for anyone who doesn’t care much about advertising on Amazon. Sorry the answer is a bit flat, but it’s the truth lol
4 – If you were stranded on a desert island what three books would you want with you?
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. George Orwell’s 1984. Watchmen, the graphic novel, by Alan Moore.
5 - Do you have any strange writing habits?
I don’t think so. They’re not strange to me, whatever those habits are. When I write, I write fast – anything up to 15k words per session. I write first drafts of my books in about five days. Is that strange?
6 – Is there a specific place where you write?
Yes. At my desk in my apartment, using a big screen.
7 – Do you share any personality traits with the characters you have created?
I think almost every characters I’ve written has a bit of me in them. Whether it’s Jonnie, the murderous twelve-year-old, from Let’s Kill Mr Pond or Vicky, the mischievous, psychotic liar, from Vicky & Lizzie’s First Period. Yeah, there’s a bit of me in all my characters. Or maybe it’s the other way around?
8 - Can you choose three words to describe your new book The Belch Park Field Trip?
Screwball, chaotic, fun.
9 – Are you working on anything now?
Yes. A sci-fi satire series which I think everyone in the family will enjoy.
Quick fire questions - Which do you prefer?
Paperback or eBook?
Classic novel or Contemporary?
Cinema or Theatre?
Crisps or Chocolate?
Tea or Coffee?
Night out or Day out?
Thanks again for taking the time to answer the Q&A!
Some authors are afraid to cross the line.
Me? Oh, I'm glad you asked! I make "the line" my starting point...
My brand is satire.
I hop between genres like madman on crack because my razor-sharp literary knife is hungry for political and social commentary. One genre just can't cut it (if you'll forgive the pun.) I'm obsessed, I tell you!
I write straight-up humor and farce, horror, crime, romance... all under the banner of satire.
My novels often contain a ruthless commentary on society, delving into the darker machinations of modern life. They can be uproarious, funny, outrageous and shocking. Make no mistake, though. They are this way for a reason, and always come equipped with a sense of humanity and wit.
My influences include John Cleese, Tom Sharpe, Kurt Vonnegut, James Patterson, Hunter S Thompson, Douglas Adams, Imogen Edwards-Jones, Michael Frayn, Chris Morris, Jerry Sadowitz, Christopher Hitchins, Bill Maher, George Carlin, Jordan Peterson, Pat Condell, and writer/director Larry Cohen.
My obsessions include (and are essentially limited to) obscene amounts of: smoking, drugs, alcohol, caffeine, sex, debating, daydreaming and writing about himself in the third person.
Website - https://chromevalleybooks.com/
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Twitter - https://twitter.com/Andrew_CVB
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