An interview with Michael Brookes

Today I am starting a new feature on this blog- interviews with other Indie authors. I hope to make it a regular feature here, naturally dependent on finding victims authors who are willing to submit themselves to my questions. The first man brave enough to do so is author of The Cult of Me, Michael Brookes. Thank you, Michael for your answers.

Describe yourself in the style of a blurb for an eBook. Sell the audience the story of you.

The universe had a plan for this blonde haired villain  He would learn every lesson the hard way, or so it thought. For he was a lucky man and ended up doing a job he loved. So the universe tried again and put the love of writing into his head. Now the days seemed all too short, it was like having two jobs, but both jobs he loved. And the name of this lucky man – Michael Brookes.

What is your earliest memory involving reading books/being read to?

Reading Thomas the Tank Engine to my younger brother. They’re still fantastic books. Those and the Mr Men.

Your future self from 10 years hence visits you and hands you a copy of his #1 global bestseller, which you haven’t written yet. Do you read it and why/why not?

Of course I’d read it. I’d love to see how I’d develop my writing to become a bestseller. I’d like to think I’d make it through talent, although I’ll take a bit of luck if it’s offered.

If you could ask any author (living or dead) just one question, who would it be and what would you ask them?

Tricky question. I’d ask Ian M Banks what the excession entity is.

What is your greatest achievement in life so far?

Publishing my first book. It’s a bit obvious, but it was a good moment and I’m pretty proud of it.

What do you have to have around you (on your desk, for example) when you are writing?

I’m pretty fortunate that I can write anywhere, the only thing I need is my laptop.

If you could go back in time and meet yourself at the moment you wrote the first word of your first novel, what one piece of advice would you give yourself?

Listen to the people that provide advice and read it through one more time.

Tell us a little bit about the project you are working on currently.

I’m currently working on Conversations in the Abyss, the sequel to The Cult of Me. I’m also putting together a few short stories for an anthology.

Finally, please tell us about your latest title and where we can find you on the Interweb.

The Cult of Me is about a man who can invade other people’s minds and bend them to his will. He’s been tormenting people like this for years. He finally tires of the game and surrenders himself in preparation for a bloody last stand. While in prison he discovers he isn’t as unique as he once thought.

e-book: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008O7ZVXW/
paperback: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1479148776/

You can find me on my blog at: http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/

REVIEW: Pompomberry House

Pompomberry House by Rosen Trevithick is a novel that I found both very enjoyable and very annoying at the same time. The style of writing is very smooth and easy to read, something that is a big plus for me. The story itself works very well and the narrative flows smoothly from start to finish. Rosen weaves a tale that is full of twists and turns, one that keeps you guessing right up until the final few chapters. However, I did find the constant “seagull” motif that repeats itself throughout the novel, particularly the first half, very irritating. That said, there was nothing in this novel that should put anyone off from reading it.

Many of the main characters are meant to be really dislikeable but I also found that I didn’t like the main protagonist, Dee, either. Don’t get me wrong, she is a well-developed, flawed and believable character, but if I knew her in real life I would not like her much.

Technically speaking, I enjoyed the writing style very much, although I would have liked to have seen some of the longer dialogues broken up a little more as occasionally I found myself having to re-read conversations to follow who said what.

Overall, this is a very good novel from a very good author. I hope she continues to produce high quality work such as this.

REVIEW: Dead on Demand

I picked up this title during a “free copy” promo, and overall I did enjoy this title.

Reading a little of the background of the book shows that it was written (and published) within 90 days, which is no easy task. Unfortunately, this fast pace does make itself evident in the book. There are numerous typographical errors, for example “should” obviously should have been “shoulder” and I am still trying to work out where “Convent Garden” is in London. The author(s) also has an extreme aversion for capitalised proper nouns throughout the book. A lot of the time, this is just a mild annoyance, but on occasions it can cause confusion to the reader (especially perhaps non UK readers who might not know things like The Evening Standard).

If indeed, the novel was finished well within the 90 day timeframe, perhaps it would have been well worth taking another week to do some additional polishing. One character is referred to living in Tower Hamlets (north of the Thames) but a few pages later this changes to Brixton (south of the Thames) and even has a new name.

The authors go to great lengths to allow the reader to draw their own pictures of what characters look like, which is commendable, and indirectly referenced in the text itself, but sometimes this is quite hard on the reader as pertinent character detail is added several chapters later when it would have been gratefully received upon the character’s first introduction. On one occasion, I had to wait several chapters to be told who one character was in relation to the protagonist.

There is plenty to like about this book, if you can forgive it’s unpolished state. It moves along at a decent pace, and is well thought out from start to finish, if a little heavy on the tv clichés at times. The characters are relateable and engaging and the plot is strong enough to keep me interested through to the end.

If the two authors wrote a second novel of equal calibre and improved on the technical side of the writing, then I would definitely want to read it.

Had this been properly copy edited it would be worthy of 4 stars.

*EXTRA* I understand that some of the errors (such as weird name switching) have been fixed on a re-release, but there are still plenty left.

Firestone gets a new cover!

Today sees the release of the new professionally designed cover for Firestone. I think it is an excellent design and is a hundred times better than anything I could come up with myself. The talented guy who did it is Todd Hebertson. His website can be found here