Today I have something a little different for you, an author interview and book feature with the action/adventure writer Simon Jenner. Can’t have all fantasy all the time, right? And now, please welcome Simon to my blog.
If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future? The future. The past is well documented and holds few surprises but the future is uncertain and I’d love to know the fate of the human race. How much of the world remains? How do we survive without oil? Do we wi-fi our minds directly to our ereaders and our visual media centres? Is there non-calorie chocolate that’s palatable? Of course I’d have to be able to return – just in case!
If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose? Stephen King so I could see how his mind works and maybe get some tips.
Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova but I wouldn’t sit them together as they would just talk to each other about tennis all night. I’d love to know what drives them to compete at such a high level after so much money and success.
Tony Blair so I could roast him over the Iraqdebacle.
David Bowie but only if he’d perform after pudding.
If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you? Pictures of my family ; A solar powered ereader full of books including one called ‘Desert Island Survival – Do it in style’ ; A Swiss Army knife.
What is one book everyone should read? The Exorcist – Not the kids though. I read this when I was fourteen and didn’t sleep well for days.
If you were a superhero what would your name be? Captain Sarcastic. I’d prefer Superman but that’s taken and if the suit fits and all that…
If you could have any superpower what would you choose? To fly. To have the freedom to go anywhere without a car and feel the air in your face and see everything below you would be unbelievable.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Pistachio, although it’s not that popular and I always struggle to find it. What’s that about?
Night owl, or early bird? Night owl. I can’t stay in bed in the morning either but I’m unable to enjoy rising early due to feeling tired as I went to bed too late. It’s a vicious circle really.
One food you would never eat? Fish eyes. Is that a food? Okay, then monkey brains. No? How about whelks? Yes? Whelks it is.
Pet Peeves? People imposing themselves on others. You don’t have to read this, you know?
Skittles or M&Ms? M&Ms. I Love the peanut ones.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. I need to eat. No scratch that. You won’t be able to put it down.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? I’m working on the plot for the second book in the Ethan Justice series, Other current projects include:
A Product of the System – A coming of age story set in a dystopian alternative past.
Who is Samantha Harding? – A crime thriller with a sci-fi twist.
Goals for future projects are to focus on finishing them and get them out there on the shelves (ipads, Kindles etc.…)
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. Good reviews – every time! If somebody genuinely tells you that they couldn’t put your book down then you need no further reason to continue writing.
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? Don’t give up when your work gets harshly critisised. Use it as the driving force to prove that person wrong. Later you’ll either realise that they were right, in which case you’ll be a better author for it or you’ll prove them wrong by your success. Either way you’ll win in the end.
If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why? Zeus. Not because of a need to be in charge but so that I’ve got the strength to deal with the others.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”? A clown. Became an accountant before being an author so I guess I nearly got my wish.
Can you see yourself in any of your characters? Always in one of every book. I struggle to take the ‘me’ out of characters but I think this is typical of many authors.
If you were a super hero what would your kryptonite be? Anybody crying. I don’t know what to do with them. I feel terrible but never know the right thing to say and they can’t tell you what they need because they’re making no sense.
What do you do in your free time? What free time? Where do you find that? No, seriously, I like to spend time doing anything at all with my family.
If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be? His Heart Was In The Right Place.
He’s a new kind of hero. Join him for his very first adventure.
John Smith’s life is dull and uneventful. Despite a privileged upbringing and education, he is an underachiever of the highest calibre. When Smith wakes up with Savannah Jones, an escort provided by his best friend, Mark Bradshaw, his life is changed forever. Eager to pay Jones, to avoid her pimp breaking his legs, he confronts his friend for the money – but there is one small problem – Bradshaw is dead. But what was the murderer after?
Fisher has lost his job and wants payback. Bradshaw had the one weapon that could grant him the ultimate revenge but torture hadn’t loosened his tongue. Smith and Jones are dragged into Fisher’s grand plot to destroy the bureaucrats responsible for taking the one job where his lust for murder was an asset. No longer part of the elite SAS, Fisher’s licence to kill is revoked. With only vengeance and an unnatural lust for his sister on his mind, Fisher will relish the destruction of anyone that stands in his way.
Jones, an escort for less than a day, must pay her pimp a thousand pounds or be sold to an interested third party with highly unsavoury tastes. Jones needs Smith to pay the money and Smith needs Jones to… well he’s not quite sure, but he clearly likes having her around. Together, armed with nothing but their wits, they become the pawns of an anti-terrorist agency in a plan to capture Fisher before he exacts a revenge that will take thousands of innocent lives.
Can the underachiever become the hero, save the day and get the girl? Find out in this dark story of murder, deceit, lust and revenge. It’s a fun and wild ride into a disturbing world.
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Genre – Action / Adventure
Rating – PG15
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