Welcome to the new series of the Smorgasbord Sunday Interview – Getting to Know You…and to show you how it will look when you participate.. I am going first.
As writers we tend to share aspects of our work in interviews, such as our blog posts, books and characters, and that is very important. However, sometimes we don’t get to share some of the other aspects of our personalities.
I was looking at some of the blogging award posts and decided that for this new series, I might ask some of the questions than you will usually find attached to them.
There are over 50 questions to choose from about life, love, humour, travel, ambitions and embarrassing moments!
You can select any five questions and the only proviso is that the answer is 100 words or longer.
It is an opportunity to show us your writing skills, sense of…
Pull up a chair beautiful people and join us for a chat with the illustrious 80smetalman!
Michael, you’ve written two books (Rock and Roll Children followed by He Was Weird) and have a third in progress. The subject matters are distinct. Do you write what you’re most passionate about or does something else motivate you?
The first two books were definitely born out of passion. When I wrote Rock and Roll Children, I wanted people to know that the 1980s was the golden age of heavy metal. He Was Weird was inspired by the three years of bullying hell I suffered between the ages of 10 and 13. The new book is inspired by perceptions of law and crime in the media.
How long did you spend researching before writing Rock and Roll Children?
I wrote from my own memories and experiences. However, I wanted…
After a month’s break, welcome back to my book of the month feature. To kick us off for 2018, I’d like to welcome Mary Smith to my blog. Over to you, Mary…
Thank you so much, Hugh. I’m truly honoured and excited to be here on your brilliant blog.
What’s the name of the book?
Donkey Boy & Other Stories, which, as the name implies is a collection of short stories.
Tell us a little about the stories and the characters. I’d have said there wasn’t a connecting theme but author Margaret Elphinstone who provided a testimonial for the back of the book describes the characters as ‘disinherited by mainstream cultures’, and I’m happy to go with that.
There’s the donkey boy of the title story, a young lad in Pakistan, who is confronted by a moral dilemma and there’s a visually impaired man in a residential home in Scotland…