Sunday, October 4, 2009

Ladies & Gentlemen – Drum roll Please!

AUC 3D model Some of you may have noticed a link on my sidebar to a book called ‘An Ungodly Child’ written by Rachel Green.  I first met Rachel – when I stumbled across one of her blogs. Since then – not only have I had the delight of reading her book but I also get to follow the tales of Harold and Jasfoup in her two blogs – Laverstone Tales and Diary of a Demon. To give you an idea of what the story is about – here is a little teaser found on the back cover of the little blue book -

An Ungodly Child follows Harold Waterman, an unlikely hero,  and his summoned demonic familiar Jasfoup.

When Harold is infected by an incurable disease after meeting Jedith, otherwise known as the Angel of Pestilence, he turns to the black arts to find a cure. Jasfoup is only too happy to help, as long as Harold can pay for his services.

Meanwhile, the three angels of destruction are out to prove that there could be an antichrist, if only Harold would believe it. Gillian, Harold’s vampire girlfriend, is not so sure.

Aims Rachel Green

 

 

Aims and her friend Rachel

 

The following is an interview I did with Rachel about her book. I am more than happy to have got a small insight into Rachel’s writing world and to include this interview in The Little Blue Book Tour.

1. What is your least favourite word in the English language?

What? No, seriously. That’s my least favourite word. That and its friend, ‘ever’.  There are many others I dislike, but this is the worst. 

2. When I was reading An Ungodly Child, I couldn't help but think that some of your characters might be based on your wyves or family. I know you relate to some characters - is there a chance that your wyves or family also play a part?

I try not to base characters on real people, though it’s hard not to add a character trait or two from people you know well. There’s a bit of me in both Harold and Jasfoup, and possibly bits of family members here and there. I did base a minor character in another book on a friend. Of course, I’ve had to edit him completely out in the re-write in case of litigation.

3. If you ever got the chance to live in Laverstone - who would you be?

I’d be me – the eccentric English old lady who talked to demons in her garden.

4. Where would you live in Laverstone?

Somewhere near the cemetery, for preference. Within the sound of the bells of St. Just’s.

5. I know there was some mix-up in getting AUC published, but thankfully it did materialise. I am going to ask you what all writers want to know - how did you become a 'published author'?

I got a short cut. I won a competition to get a book published. It was also a one-shot, so my agent is currently trying to find a home for book two.

6. What did the process of getting your book published entail?

Lots of edits. I had three people reading the manuscript but I still didn’t catch them all. Add in the errors the publisher added accidentally and there are still a dozen or so in the first edition.

7. Do you have an agent and do you recommend one?

Yes and yes. I signed with the Spectrum Literary Agency after Denyse King read AUC. I would always recommend one – they’re worth their weight in diet leaflets. I no longer worry about getting rejections because Denyse gets them for me. 

8. Now that you are published - what is expected of you on the marketing end?

Everything. My publisher had no marketing budget, so all copies have been sold through me pushing it and friends reading and recommending it. 

9. Is a book/signing tour in sight?

I very much doubt it. Very few bookshops took the risk to stock it and without publicity there are very few sales.

10. I remember you did a symbolic burning of the draft. I found that particularly interesting as some authors keep every draft. Can you explain why you did this and would you recommend it now that the draft has gone up in flames?

I still have it on disk! It was only the hard copy I burned. Yes, de-clutter your life. I’d have kept it if it was the only copy I had but I wouldn’t have wanted anyone to read those early drafts. They were rubbish..

11. If Jasfoup ascended to heaven - how long do you think he'd last before getting the boot?

Alas, he’d burn as soon as he set foot there. Not that he’d want to go. Heaven is a tedious place for a demon, and they don’t serve curry there. Or have gay sex. Or eat shellfish. I could go on. At least Valhalla has beer.

AUC Amazon

This book made me laugh out loud and almost spill my tea. I highly recommend it to anyone who needs a break from the real world.

An Ungodly Child is available from Amazon.co.uk.

29 comments:

Maggie May said...

That was extremely interesting Aims!
Not knowing you then, I missed that first interview.
I good idea of yours. Do you know anymore authors?

Leatherdykeuk said...

Thank you for putting me up (putting up with me?), Aims :)

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

Good interview! Nice to get to know authors better.

Lane said...

So nice to see Rachel over here.
She's one talented - and funny- gal:-)

Leatherdykeuk said...

Aww - thanks Lane :)

Daryl said...

Wonderful interview .. and I adore you chapeau! Tres chic ... and I am adding this book to my list of 'wanna read'

Given you enjoyed this book, I think you'd like Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Leatherdykeuk said...

Indeed!
I have to say it was an inspiration for me!

DK Leather said...

~warm smile~ smashing interview Aims, well done! :-) (and bravo wyfe, debonair and lovely as always) xxx

TSannie said...

What, exactly, is a ~wyfe~ (wife)?
Must have missed that.

DK Leather said...

My name's DK Green, Rachel (the author) is my wyfe. As we're women, pagan wed (handfasted) we don't use the het term wife. Hope that explains :-) ~doffs cap~

Leatherdykeuk said...

Thank you kindly :)

stephanie said...

Super interview. Thanks for hosting Rachel, Aims!

aims said...

Maggie - the only other 'author' I know is David McMahon. Perhaps we should interview him?

Rachel & DK - thanks to both of you for answering questions and comments here! It's wonderful to hear directly from the writer (and partners) :0)

To all the rest - thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. It was a fun interview to do!

Leatherdykeuk said...

Thanks for dropping in, Steph :)

sonia said...

Lovely idea to host a blog tour. I enjoyed read AUC and would like to see Harold again - he has stayed with me(well-drawn character). I don't usually read this genre so it did well to hold me.

Dr.John said...

What's the shipping on a book from the UK?

BT said...

Smashing interview aims and Rachel. I loved AUC of course and can't wait for the next one. I'm so glad you've secured the services of an agent Rachel. xx

bermudabluez said...

Great interview Aims! You sure know alot of fascinating people!

Leatherdykeuk said...

You are all very kind!
Dr. John - you can get it from Amazon.com or a signed copy direct from me would run you for about $20

Akelamalu said...

Interesting interview Aims and the book sounds like something I would enjoy. :)

lisaschaos said...

It sounds very interesting! We do meet the most intriguing people through blogging now don't we!

Leatherdykeuk said...

Thank you both for dropping in :)

Melanie said...

Well the good news is that I have seen the book for sale here in Southport. The bad news is that I can't remember where.

Thanks for explaining how Rachel got published. I'm working on book 16 at the mo and the family think I ought to look in to trying to make some money from my little fantasy place.

Leatherdykeuk said...

Thanks Melanie. It's nice to know its in a shop :)

Good luck with your series.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

A very talented writer indeed, and a great interview.

CJ xx

Leatherdykeuk said...

Thanks Crystal

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Thanks for stopping by, Geezees :)

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