Hi Joff, welcome to Romaniac HQ for a Tuesday Chit-Chat. Yes, you and I both know it’s Monday but this week we’re just messing things up a bit and having our Tuesday chat on a day early. Okay, that’s that cleared up.
Before we get down to business, must just say, I’m loving the waistcoat – do you always wear one?
I always wear my waistcoat when on school visits or special events…..it’s mine!
Now, where we were? Oh yes, questions…
Your novel ‘Sleeping on A Cloud’ was published last year – in one sentence, please sum up what it is about?
Twins with special powers, struggling to protect our Earth from a Dark evil adversary, who revels in our destruction.
What or who do you consider to be your biggest influence where your writing is concerned?
The child that still lives strongly inside me. Mischief and adventure was always high on my list as a child. Now as an adult I use my writing to delve down and rekindle my childhood imaginings.
More recently, whilst still working closely with the written word, you’ve been turning your talents elsewhere – The Bookstop Café. How’s it all going? Are you hoping to expand it in any way?
The response from authors and customers to the venture has been fantastic. We receive new authors books everyday, more shelving required, and our customers do not want to leave. Many are doing exactly what we envisaged which is curl up on the sofas and read.
Ideas we are aiming to develop are:
1. An hour at the end of the day, called Story Time, where parents can bring their children along and while the drink tea/coffee we will read/perform stories to their children.
2. Themed story nights. Ghost stories – around Halloween. Christmas stories. Crime/thriller stories. Poetry.
3. Book signings.
4. Writing events/courses from visiting experts.
If you could have four dream authors in your café, who would you love to see walk through the door for tea and cake?
Gerald Durrell – I loved his adventures as he travelled around the world collecting animals for zoological parks.
Terry Goodkind – I have only recently locked in to his books. I like the strength and complexity of his characters, just when you feel you know them you learn something new.
Dan Brown – I enjoy the detail of the places and the fast pace of his books.
Enid Blyton – Because I thoroughly enjoyed the mischief and adventure that the children got up to. When I read her books as a child I would be engrossed for hours.
Left or right handed?
Conformist or Maverick?
Maverick – but I look nothing like James Garner.
UK or abroad?
Uk – but use to be abroad a lot.
Car or motorbike?
Car – I’m not very good on two wheels.
Football, cricket or rugby?
Night in or night out?
Both – depends on my mood.
Kindle or paperback?
Paperback – the texture, the smell…and they are cuddly.
Thanks Joff, it’s been fun chatting with you.
Thank you for asking me. 🙂