Happy International Women’s Day

Women can be are strong,
crying does not make us weak;
but human,
the same goes for men.
 
You are a woman
if you are tall or short,
skinny or chubby,
mammaried, small, wonky or removed,
in dresses or trousers,
and simply if you identify as such.
 ….
Woman can be whatever they want,
in charge, on the way to the moon;
or followers, feet firmly on the ground.
At home, in work and both.
Woman can achieve things,
the vote, prizes, records,
and one day,
hopefully soon,
equality.
 ….
If you are a woman or
love a woman
or both.
If you were born from a woman
(yes that’s everyone)
then this day is important.
Celebrate the women in your life.
Celebrate the men too.
Celebrate yourself.
Make your happiness happen.
 …
Happy International Women’s Day to all of the fantastic women I know and all of the men that love them. This year’s theme is Make it Happen, let’s take a step closer to equality, #heforshe and #sheforhe. 

 

Teeth Blog Tour: Interview with the author Chele Cooke

Teeth

Blurb:

Medical intern Thomas awakes in a blood-drenched basement and the realisation that his life must change forever. After all, how can he practise medicine when the smell of blood turns him into a vicious killer?

Spencer thinks being a vampire is better than any teen movie made it out to be. Now he must train Thomas and make his mentor proud.

One mistake risks more than either are willing to lose, and a single broken law could turn them from predators to prey.

 

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Part time author and full time fantacist, Chele Cooke is a sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal author living in London, UK.

While some know they want to write stories since childhood, Chele first started writing as a teenager writing fanfiction and roleplaying. Before long playing in other people’s worlds wasn’t enough and she started creating her own. Living in San Francisco at the time, she found a lot of inspiration in her favourite city, some of which can be found in her books.

With a degree in Creative Writing, Chele’s first novel was published in 2013. She currently has three books published: two books in a sci-fi series, Out of Orbit, and the first book of a vampire serial, Teeth.

Interview

If you had to describe your book in a tweet (140characters), what would you say?

Come on word count, don’t fail me now.

Teeth is a fast, fun, and bloody vampire story. With more bite for your buck, this book doesn’t shy away from the darker side of the undead.

140 exactly. I feel I need to fist bump someone. {*virtual fist bump}

Was there a specific moment of inspiration for Teeth or was it more out of the blue?

There was an original idea which came about because a good friend of mine was writing a story about down on their luck 80’s rock band vampires (VERY funny story.) Anyway, I had an idea about two vampires getting stuck in a coffee shop during the day. They can’t leave and they have to keep buying coffee to be allowed to stay, so they end up on an extreme caffeine high.

Whilst I didn’t use this particular idea in this book, it was the idea that started the ball rolling, and after that the ideas just kept on coming.

What was your favourite thing about writing Teeth?

It has to be the characters, without a doubt. These guys started off as nothing and they came to me whilst writing. It was a very organic experience. For the first ten chapters I had no idea where I was going, I was just writing. It was very freeing.

Who was your favourite character to write about in Teeth?

I think it has to be Spencer. As I said, the characters developed as time went on, and Spencer just grew into this incredibly complex and interesting character to write about. He has a lot of issues, some of which are only made worse throughout the book. We’ll definitely be seeing a lot more of Spencer as the series continues. I’ll be exploring more of their histories and such in later books.

How many drafts did it take to write Teeth?

That’s actually a difficult question, because I rarely work in a straight draft number method. Some authors will need to get all the way through the first draft before they start editing, but I find I get to a certain point and then I need to bring everything up to speed before I continue.

I’d say that it probably went through about six drafts. Some of these were part edits and some full run throughs. There were two edits by other people and then lots of tinkering.

I’ll always find something to change. If I could continue working on a book forever, I probably would.

If someone wanted to read a book after Teeth that was similar, what book would you recommend?

Admittedly, most of my paranormal genre experience has been through television and movies. I’m a big fan of Buffy/Angel and True Blood, so those would probably be the stories I’d direct people to as I think they’re probably the closest in my feelings about vampires with the same injections of humour and horror in equal measures.

As for books, I think I have to go back to a classic and say ‘Interview with the Vampire’ by Anne Rice. Though the style is very different and is based very much in the gothic view of vampires, it’s less about the romance aspects and more about seeing vampires through their own perspective instead of a view from the outside in (which a lot of modern paranormal books do by having a human as the point of view character.) IwtV also has a lot of great ideas that I adore, like what happens when you turn a child into a vampire.

Where is your favourite place to write?

Somewhere no one will stare at me when I begin giggling at myself, or when I start crying whilst writing an emotional scene.

Seriously, I’ll generally write in my house where it’s quiet and I can concentrate fully. I have an extremely comfortable desk chair.

Are you someone who plans all of your books meticulously or are you more of a “pantser”?

That’s funny, because with most stories I am a meticulous planner. I’ll generally have about 10,000 words of planning before I write the first word of a manuscript. I’ll have bullet points and diagrams of locations, etc.

However, when it came to Teeth, as I said above, I wrote ten chapters before I knew anything. My favourite romance in the story actually weren’t going to be anything until it suddenly happened and I realised how well it worked.

Obviously, there was lots of planning before I did the rewrites and big edits, but mostly that involved where I needed to put hints to later plots and character developments.

Pantsing was incredibly fun on this project, but I’ll be going back to planning with the next book.

What piece of advice would you give to aspiring authors? 

Writing is about the long game. This is a difficult thing to come to terms with, especially when you’re on that first novel. We all want to think that people will notice our first book and scream ‘genius’ but the likelihood is that your first novel will sink into the pool of what you’re going to become as an author. You’re constantly learning and growing, and your writing will reflect that.

So always keep an eye on what you’re going to be doing next, where you’re heading towards. It doesn’t matter if you don’t get there straight away, just keep plugging on, one step at a time. Most importantly, be professional and keep your head. No matter whether you think nobody is watching you right now, the internet saves things, and as you gain readers you don’t want people to be able to look back and see that you were one of those authors who attacked a reviewer, or something like that. It’s the long game, and you have to play fair all the way.

 

Thanks very much for having me, Kirsty. These were some great questions. If any readers have anything they’d like to ask me, leave a comment and I’ll get back to you, or I’m always open to questions on Goodreads.

We’ll have to thank Faye for the questions this time and for organising the tour.

Now I haven’t managed to read the book yet but it sounds exactly like my kind of story so I’ll be entering to win a copy – click the link below to do the same.

 

Link to the Rafflecopter Giveaway

There is a tour wide giveaway during the tour.

The prizes include;

Three sets of all Chele Cooke’s books as e-books

Seven e-books of Teeth

 

 

 

Character Interviews – Hobson & Choi series by Nick Bryan

Welcome to my stop on the Hobson & Choi series blog tour during which, series author, Nick Bryan kindly asks his characters from the series a few extra questions. But before we get onto that – here’s more about the books.

 The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf

The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf (Hobson & Choi #1)

“If we get 400 followers, John Hobson will solve that nasty wolf-murder case for free! Fight the thing himself if he has to! #HobsonVsWolf!”

Angelina Choi was only trying to drum up some Twitter followers and make a good impression on her first day interning at John Hobson’s one-man detective agency.

But the campaign went viral and now they have a murder to solve, no money coming in, and an unwilling Hobson faced with battling some enormous beast.

With both follower and body counts rising, can they crack the case without offending everyone or being eaten by a huge dog?

The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf is the first case starring Hobson & Choi, a bickering, mismatched detective duo for 21st century London. This book collects the debut storyline of the hit darkly comic crime web serial, extensively rewritten and improved for this definitive edition.

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 Rush Jobs

Rush Jobs (Hobson & Choi #2)

“Sometimes #crime feels like the Matrix. Or the #patriarchy or #porn. It’s everywhere, even in people you trusted, and there’s so MUCH of it.”

Angelina Choi returns for her second and final week of work experience at John Hobson’s detective agency, ready for anything after their first successful murder solve.

After all that online buzz, they’re in phenomenal demand. Can Hobson & Choi solve a kidnapping, play chicken with corporate crime, beat back gentrification, save a dog from drug dealers and head off violent backlash from their last case?

Or will grim revelations about Hobson’s past leave them floundering in the chaos?

Rush Jobs collects the second major storyline in the Hobson & Choi saga, #1 on Jukepop Serials and #2 in Dark Comedy on Amazon, adding brand new chapters and scenes to the case.

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I really enjoyed the first two books in the series and part of what created that enjoyment was the characters, who I feel we are only just getting to know. With that in mind here’s some further insight from Hobson, Choi, and Hobson’s ex-wife Ellie. I’ll definitely be continuing to follow this series and thank Faye Rogers for introducing me to it.

Hobson

How did you get into private investigating?

Have you seen the job market? It’s like begging for scraps outside a cheese shop while suffering a severe lactose intolerance. I don’t know if you’ve gotta love what you do, but I’m pretty sure I’d like to not hate it. All of which is a nice way of saying: I had contacts and some muscle, it was either this or join the cops. And between the awkward Christmas parties with my ex-wife and the likelihood of being stabbed for no reason, this seemed preferable.

How did you get persuaded to take on a 16 yr old girl as a intern for two weeks? Not your typical work experience placement.

Honestly, she was the first one who asked. And more to the point, even though I like ignoring the outside world and getting on with it, I’ve watched enough TV to notice that I probably need more internet than just having an email account. Once she’s finished with the Twitter account, I’m going to get Choi to hack into the MI5 mainframe so I never need to leave the office for work again.

And now you’ve had Choi with you a week, how do you feel about working alone again?

Well, I’ve seen enough movies to realise that when your seemingly mismatched partner leaves, you’ll most likely go nuts having fun for the first few days, eat crisps over your keyboards and install a table football game, get drunk and chuck up over her old chair, then things will go quiet and you’ll realise you secretly miss them. So yeah, it’ll probably be something like that.

What’s the story with you and Ellie then? 

Ever seen that George Clooney movie Intolerable Cruelty? Go watch the whole thing while I leg it.

Choi

Why intern with a PI and not the police?

Well, I was interested in mysteries and the real nitty-gritty and not so much in actual law enforcement. I figured that if I applied to the police, I’d be mostly doing admin and if I was lucky, I might get to ride along in one of their cars and watch them arrest a drunk. Whereas a one-man detective agency, you might actually see a mystery being solved. Like, a personal mystery about someone’s real background, say.

And the fascination with psychology?

If you’d seen my school’s list of available A Level subjects, you’d understand.

Can you tell me a little more about your relationship with your parents, you seem quite independently spirited?

My parents just want a quiet life. I can’t entirely blame them – my Mum especially, I can kinda appreciate that she wants the best for me. Even if she doesn’t seem able to accept when she’s lost. But they had to accept I’d get unsettled eventually, what with the circumstances I came to them in.

Hobson wasn’t what you were expecting, but how do you feel about him now?

It honestly seems to vary from day to day. Which isn’t boring, at least.

Ellie

You are a Detective Sergeant –  how important is your career, or is policing about something else to you?

It used to be about some higher cause. At some point, it just became about getting through the day. Then I divorced my husband and things improved again.

Hobson is your ex and often seems to be straddling that thin blue line, what’s the story between you two? 

I try to support him in his endeavours to improve his life – probably out of guilt, to be honest. I’ll be very clear about one thing, though: there will be no straddling of any kind.

If you’ve enjoyed this – and I’m sure you have – do check out the other stops on the tour – you can find the links here.

There is also a tour-wide giveaway (click on link).

 Prizes

1 Signed paperback set of the Hobson & Choi series (The Girl who Tweeted Wolf & Rush Jobs)

3 e-book sets of the Hobson & Choi series

Author Information

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Nick Bryan is a London-based writer of genre fiction, usually with some blackly

comic twist. As well as the detective saga Hobson & Choi, he is also working on a

novel about the real implications of deals with the devil and has stories in several

anthologies.

More details on his other work and news on future Hobson & Choi releases can be

found on his blog at NickBryan.com or on Twitter as @NickMB. Both are updated

with perfect and reasonable regularity.

Subscribe to his mailing list using the form in the sidebar of NickBryan.com to get

news first and an all-new free Hobson & Choi short story immediately!

When not reading or writing books, Nick Bryan enjoys racquet sports, comics and

a nice white beer.

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