A Very British Blog Tour - 2013

Welcome to A VERY BRITISH BLOG TOUR 2013 – a collection of blogs, books and authors who are surprisingly very British.

Author Paul Anthony has invited me, and a hand picked group of British authors, to take part in ‘A Very British Blog’ by visiting and supporting the websites of authors involved in the tour, and who are dedicated to turning out some of the finest books available in Britain today. Each author, named at the bottom of the page, has been asked the same questions, but their answers will obviously all be different. You merely click on the author’s name at the bottom of the page to see how they have answered the same questions.

So, without further ado, here are the questions from THE VERY BRITISH WRITER, together with my answers:

Q. Where were you born and where do you live at the moment?

A. I was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, but now live in the heart of rural Norfolk.

Q. Have you always lived and worked in Britain or are you based elsewhere at the moment?

A. Apart from some time in Germany, whilst my father was serving in the British Army out there, I’ve always lived in England.

Q. Which is your favourite part of Britain?

A. Britain is such a diverse group of countries that it is very hard for me to select one favourite place, so I’ll just opt for rural Britain in general. (For those who aren’t total familiar with our islands, Great Britain is England, Scotland and Wales - and not to be mixed up with the United Kingdom, which also includes Northern Ireland. It therefore begs the question why we weren’t Team UK in the Olympics, as Team GB included Northern Ireland.)

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?

A. I guess the title of my next book will answer that question - ‘Operation Stonehenge’. In my debut novel, the main character, Ben, has a dream cottage in an agreeable Oxfordshire village.

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?

A. I’m not so sure stiff upper lip is quite the right term these days. We certainly don’t take ourselves too serious. The recent horse-meat scandal didn’t bring about demands by the public to drag Tesco et al through the courts. We were more interested in making up crazy jokes about it on Facebook and Twitter. Did you hear the one about the . . .

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?

A. My main character is British. He’s a very reluctant hero, but when push comes to shove he’ll generally step up to the mark, but he’s no James Bond or Arnie!

Q. Tell us about one of your recent books?

A. Why use a hundred words when three will do - it is here!

Q. What are you currently working on?

A. Oh, I guess I can’t use the same tactic twice. The sequel to the ‘Pyramid Legacy’ is ‘Operation Stonehenge’ and will be available, providing the wind is in the right direction, and at a pre-determined velocity, this summer. To summarise, the story will draw together a link between The Great Pyramid, the Nevada desert, a French hilltop village and a field in south-west England.

Q. How do you spend your leisure time?

A. You mean when I’m not writing, travelling half-way around the World for my ‘day job’, and marketing the current book? Yes, you mean that time, don’t you? I love enjoying the local countryside, beaches, forests and generally have my trusted Canon with me when I’m out and about. (The telephone box picture, above, is one of my own photographs.) I also enjoy F1 motor racing - at which we Brits are damned good (10 World Champions) -  and having the odd track-day in something fast.

Q. Do you write for a local audience or a global audience?

A. Without doubt a global audience. I hope my books appeal to a wide audience around the World.

Q. Can you provide links to your work?

A. Certainly. Just click on one of the Amazon links below.

By the way, we British have certain conventions, traditions and procedures that are expected. There is a dress code in the reading of this British blog and you are expected to comply with it.

For example…

Gentlemen will wear suits, white shirts and dark ties. (Military ties are expected wherever possible). Ladies will wear dresses (one inch above the knee, no higher, no lower) and floral summer hats. A break for tea and cucumber sandwiches is expected at some stage, and is permissible. The list at the bottom the page is not a queue. We British hate queues, and will accept them no longer. It is an invitation, and you are expected to accept that invitation and support the home-grown product. Now then, let us proceed in an orderly fashion. As you know, we are all very boring and staid in Britain, aren’t we?

Well, there’s a myth about the British and your starter for ten is - stuffy, class conscious, boring, staid! But is this still relevant in today’s world? Let’s find out from our wonderful writers what they feel about it.

I’ve invited the following British, not necessarily British-based, authors to join in the fun. Once they’ve agreed, and set up their own answers on their respective websites/blogs, then clicking on their name will take you there. Also, if your are a British author and would like to join in, please get in touch via the contact page.

Anne Allen

Rachel Amphlett

Roy Baldwin

Christine Miller

David Prosser

Andy Szpuk

Jenny Twist

Terry Tyler

Tim Vicary

Peter Watson Jenkins

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