It’s time for my favorite day of the week, Author Tuesday!
This week we are featuring an interview with Gareth P. Jones author of No True Echo (see my review here). You can check it out on Amazon and on Goodreads. In addition to his interview we are giving away a print copy of No True Echo (US Only). So please enter away, using the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway will be open till 11:59 pm MST Monday, April 4, 2016.
Please provide a quick intro about yourself and your writing.
Hello. My name is Gareth. I write books. Some of them are very short and about things like pirates and dinosaurs. Some are long and tackle subjects such as Ninja Meerkats and Steampunk Pirates (pirates again). Some are even longer and are more concerned with a diverse list of subjects including ghosts, death, mysteries, family and – in the case of No True Echo – time travel.
1) Why should people read your book?
I write books to entertain. I hope people find this book entertaining. Most readers appear to find it confusing. It’s about time travel. It’s supposed to be confusing. Some people enjoy feeling confused. Others do not. If you enjoy feeling confused than you might enjoy this book. It does all come together at the end, but hopefully not in a way that you expect.
2) Where is your favorite place to write?
After years of being a primarily nomadic writer, last year I moved house and we turned the garage into a writing space. This is my new favourite place to write, although I have a busy schedule so I am often found writing on buses, trains, planes, staff rooms, coffee shops and pubs. Of these, pubs are my favourite as they serve beer.
3) What are you currently working on (new book, remodeling your home…)?
My new book has just come out in the UK. It is called Death or Ice Cream?. I am very happy with how this one came out so I have high hopes it will find an audience. It doesn’t have a US publisher at the moment, which is a shame, because I think it would be interesting to see what US readers make of its central humanist theme.
I am currently writing a book called The Thornthwaite Betrayal. It is the sequel to a book I wrote in 2009 called The Thornthwaite Inheritance, about a pair of twins who have spent their lives trying to kill each other. Imagine Agatha Christie had written The Addams Family and that’s basically the idea.
4) What is your favorite comfort book (the book you re-read because of how it makes you think/feel)?
I am a very slow reader so I don’t tend to go back to books I have already read but I do re-read comedy sketches. My favourite are those of Peter Cook, which includes some of the funniest sentences ever written.
5) What is the next book in your TBR (to be read) pile?
I am half way through David Mitchell’s Ghostwritten. It is a novel in disguise as short stories (or possibly the other way round). I have had to put it to one side while I meet this deadline so I am looking forward to getting back to it.
6) Turn on your music player and hit shuffle – what song/artist comes up first?
I haven’t quite figured out how to listen to music in this modern world. I do have an iPod somewhere and a spottily account but I am mostly still listening to music that you can hold (CDs, records and – yes – tapes) I just did the same thing with my records and pulled out a Herb Alpert record.
7) What’s your random talent (balancing a spoon on your nose, saying the alphabet backwards…)?
I like to think I do a pretty good Bobby McFerrin impression. He might disagree.
8) Ask the reviewer – what question have you always wanted to ask a book reviewer?
So what book should I read next? Laura – This is a hard question to answer. Everyone has such unique tastes. However, one I read recently and loved for the twisty bits was Trust No One by Paul Cleave. A mystery writer with Alzheimer’s who keeps confessing to the murders he committed, in his books. Now he is trying to piece together if his writing is based on fact while slowly losing his memories. It was an interesting take on the mystery/thriller genre.