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August 19, 2016 / peoplesbookprize

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August 15, 2016 / peoplesbookprize

Mags MacKean’s The Upside Mountain – TPBP Summer Collection 2016

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In the lead up to The People’s Book Prize 2016 we caught up with author Mags MacKean to talk about her children’s book

THE UPSIDE MOUNTATIN

 

Where did the idea of THE UPSIDE MOUNTAIN come from?

The Upside Down Mountain was inspired by a trip to Mount Bugarach near the Pyrenees in south-east France. The mountain has drawn pilgrims throughout the ages and inspired many legends, including Mary Magdalene living out her days there and extra terrestrial visitations. More recently, thousands of New Agers besieged Bugarach to escape the “end days” of the millennium foretold in ancient prophecies. I wanted to experience this high-energy mountain for myself on a self-styled vision quest. Bad weather forced me to de-camp and retreat to the refuge of the valley. Descending, I had a strong intuition that “the way up is down.” This led me to explore descent as a theme – and link it to my travels elsewhere, including the Amazon swamps. I’ve always loved mountains and the thrill of climbing them. Mount Bugarach inspired me to explore the opposite direction: the journey downhill, earthbound – and what that might mean in the quest for fulfilment.

John Hunt Publishing publish a variety of brilliant authors, what is it like to be in the company of talented writers?

John Hunt Publishing is committed to giving a platform for books to inspire and inform. The range of authors, genres and specialisms, as well as the different imprints is nothing short of amazing. JHP is run largely by fellow-authors, who understand the fine line of keeping true to the heart of a book, and the importance of reaching readers. Without their backing, I might never have summoned the motivation to self-publish, and see my stories in print.

Have you got a message for your readers?

The Upside Down Mountain tells the story of how I woke up to the inner mountain – focussing downwards, rather than upwards, for fulfilment.  For many years, I mountaineered and always had the next peak or challenge in my sights. I quit my career as a BBC journalist to climb full time, chasing seasons across hemispheres. Over the months, I woke up to how the goal-driven quest at altitude was as exhausting as the sea-level rat-race from which I’d escaped. Exploring descent has enabled me to live more in the present, in the here-and-now – and to embrace each day as an adventure. I am not so driven by planning for events at a future date, or as invested in the values of success, such as outcome or feat. My values have shifted, and I’m a lot more content as a result. I believe we’re all storytellers, making sense of our lives. We can become the change we seek

What can we expect from you in the future?

I am committed to the cause of conserving white lions. They are technically extinct. Last year I volunteered in South Africa at the Global White Lion Protection Trust which has three prides in their natural habitat. I’m fascinated how these beautiful creatures are linked to many ancient legends about restoring balance in the world – and were only discovered in the early 1970s. I am just beginning work on a novel linking a teenage heroine to one white lion with whom she identifies. This is against the background of the lucrative canned hunting industry and the profiteering from tourists wanting to take a “trophy” back home. I hold workshops and courses supporting people’s creativity, and self-expression.

Any suggestions to support libraries?

Libraries are so important: they encourage reading, curiosity and community. In our digital age, it is too easy to download books, and to have a remote relationship to the physical act of reading. The experience of handling a book, of drawing on the expertise of library staff or their recommendations is about contact. Organising community events in libraries, talk programmes, local author events are all ways to raise the profile of libraries and their role in our community.

http://www.magsmackean.com/

facebook.com/theupsidedownmountain

@MagsDreamBig

linkedin.com/mags-mackean

August 15, 2016 / peoplesbookprize

Michael Horseman’s State of Freedom and Justice – TPBP Summer Collection 2016

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In the lead up to The People’s Book Prize 2016 we caught up with author Michael Horseman to talk about his non-fiction book

The State of Freedom and Justice

Where did the idea of “The State of Freedom and Justice” come from ?

Well, the answer to that is rather long, in fact I turned it into the last chapter of the book: 5 pages long!

My one word answer would be: Heaven.

A slightly longer one is: I was born for this task. 10 years before my birth my family was forced to leave India after three generations, by a national socialist government.  The emotional trauma of this event came down my family, when I picked it up I responded by writing.  36  years of writing.  The book is the result.  I am only grateful to be alive to see it published.

What is it like to be in the company of talented writers?

I had not thought of it that way; perhaps when my book sells as many as theirs, then I will feel that I have the company of talented writers, and can include myself with them.

Do I have a message for my readers?

Do fish drink!!! Absolutely!  The message is that government is a much simpler and more logical operation than we have ever been allowed to think.  With good government in which “…people matter most”, individuals will be able to live their dreams.  Prosperity will be normal. Justice for all is possible.  Europe and the USA are clearly going through the deepest of questions about what government should be.  The UK’s earthshattering decision to break from the EU is only one example but it gives UK citizens a real chance to start again and rethink the state.  If the UK will enact the proposals of my book, she will once again become Great Britain but much, much better.  I believe that my book is “for such a time as this.”

What can you expect from me in the future?

Chief advisor to the government of Thresa May, the Irish government, and the next USA government.  Amongst others!

August 15, 2016 / peoplesbookprize

H H Edmonds Cinema Lumière – TPBP Summer Collection 2016

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In the lead up to The People’s Book Prize 2016 we caught up with author H H Edmond to talk about her novel

Cinema Lumière

 

Where did the idea for Cinema Lumière come from?

The idea came from a couple of sources – one of which was a non-fiction book called Testimony of Light, which tells the true story of two friends, Helen and Frances. When Frances was diagnosed with terminal cancer, she promised Helen that after she died she would try to send her a message, telling her what’s going on. About a month after her friend’s death, Helen felt Frances’s mind ‘impinging’ on her own, giving her information on what the ‘life beyond’ was like. The description included a detailed account of being shown a life review or in her words a ‘kaleidoscopic series of pictures representing the whole cycle of her years on earth’.

   I couldn’t get this idea of a film of your life out of my mind and slowly the plot started to form: a young woman, Hannah, who has messed up pretty spectacularly but who is then shown a film of her life to nudge her back on track.

RedDoor Publishing publish a variety of brilliant authors, what is it like to be in the company of talented writers?

It’s a real privilege to be published alongside the other RedDoor writers, a number of whom are now being nominated for prizes and having the rights to their books sold abroad. I tried for several years to get Cinema Lumière (and a second novel) published traditionally (with the help of a big agent), but almost every publisher said the same thing: ‘We love the story but we wouldn’t know where to place it because it doesn’t fall into an obvious category’ (chic lit/magical realism/ crime fiction etc). I’m so grateful to RedDoor for taking me on and doing such a great job of championing the book.

Have you got a message for your readers?

I really hope they enjoy the book, that it will make them chuckle and that maybe it will give them a little something to chew over. If any of them are also writers – I’d repeat that ancient but true cliché – never give up.

What can we expect from you in the future?

I have just finished my second novel so while I’m doing the research for the next one, I’ll be  writing a weekly blog for the Huffington Post (starting Friday 2nd Sept) called Confessions of a Volunteer Virgin. It’s based on my experiences working as a volunteer for a refugee charity. The idea was triggered by an extraordinary woman called Liz Clegg who works in the Calais camp. In one day she’s likely to put out fires, break up knife fights, comfort dozens of unaccompanied minors who know her as ‘Mum’ as well as lobby various MPs and local authorities to speed up the process of allowing these children to apply for asylum into the UK. When I compare what she achieves in 8 hours versus what I ‘achieve’ (basically sit at a desk, shuffle some words around and work my way through a variety of nut-based snacks), it’s both humbling and funny, depending on what lens you look at life through.

Any suggestions to support libraries?

I love my local library in Ladbroke Grove, West London. Not only do they stock some brilliant books (silly not to) and DVDs (a snip at just £2) but they also give the local community access to computers, free internet, careers information, newspapers and reference materials. It’s easy to take for granted that everyone knows how to use a computer, which is definitely not the case, particularly for the elderly and for refugees.

Several writer friends have given their book launches and/or book readings there, which is another cunning way to utilise the space. I’d love to see the library put on more events in the late afternoons, such as inviting inspirational local entrepreneurs and volunteers to talk about how they are making a difference in the community.

 

Website/ Blog: hattieholdenedmonds.com

Facebook: hattieholdenedmonds/

Twitter: @hattiehedmonds

August 15, 2016 / peoplesbookprize

David Robinson’s Dognapped – TPBP Summer Collection 2016

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In the lead up to The People’s Book Prize 2016 we caught up with author David Robertson to talk about his children’s book

Dognapped

Where did the idea of Dognapped! come from?

DOGNAPPED! came from a series of short articles that I used to do for our local agility club featuring my dog Misty. The newsletters were written from her point of view and proved to be very popular. It was a short step from there to creating a children’s book.

Troubador publish a variety of brilliant authors, what is it like to be in the company of talented writers?

As you say there are a lot of talented writers out there and to see your name in print is a wonderful experience. My episode is number 21 – episode 19 was Richard Madeley. That certainly makes you stop and take stock!

Have you got a message for your readers?

Thanks to you all. I’ve had some wonderful feedback so far and hopefully you’ll also enjoy what is to come.

What can we expect from you in the future?

There are two more children’s books involving Misty. IN THE DOGHOUSE! will be released in November followed by THE DOG WALK! next year. I have a sci-fi/ fantasy novel to be edited and I am hoping to write a drama/ documentary play for radio later this year. If that isn’t enough there is always the blog at the address below.

Any suggestions to support libraries?

I am currently chairman of Castle Writers, Dudley. We meet at Dudley Central Library weekly. My first book launch was there and IN THE DOGHOUSE! is already booked for its premiere in the reading room. They are not just for lending books. Use your local library, it is a wonderful part of your community.

 

Website/Blog: mistybooks.net /mistybooks.wordpress.com

Facebook: mistybooks2015

Twitter: @Misty_Books

Linkedin: David Robertson

August 12, 2016 / peoplesbookprize

Alex Howard’s Library Cat – TPBP Summer Collection 2016

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In the lead up to The People’s Book Prize 2016 we caught up with author Alex Howard to talk about his non-fiction book

Library Cat

Where did the idea of LIBRARY CAT come from?

Procrastination, really! That and a particularly aloof black & white cat that happened to be skulking around Edinburgh University’s library at the time. I created a Facebook page for him, and within a couple of months, the cat had a favourite philosopher and a French cousin called Biblio Chat! It grew from there…

Black & White Publishing publish a variety of brilliant authors, what is it like to be in the company of talented writers?

Black & White publishes some delightful books and I’m thrilled and flattered to be sharing shelf-space along with their fabulous list of authors. I’ve always loved James Robertson’s writing ever since reading The Professor of Truth for the James Tait Black shortlist, and I continue to be amazed by the dizzying heights of fame achieved by Estelle Maskame! The GFG has to be a particular Black & White favourite of mine at the moment, though, following a recent re-acquaintance I’ve had with Roald Dahl’s adult fiction.

Have you got a message for your readers?

I would just like to say thank-you. The Library Cat stories emerged out of a communal effort: people sent me photos of Jordan, and I added captions to reveal his thoughts. That I now have a novel published and a burgeoning writing career was much more than I expected, and I’m beyond thrilled. My only words would be, keep loving your cats, keep reading, and never be scared to get your thoughts – however silly they seem – down on paper. There’s room for everyone’s creativity and opinion. Make yours heard!

What can we expect from you in the future?

I have several ideas I’m working on. I think Library Cat is just the beginning! Some ideas involve cats, and some don’t. It remains to be seen which idea decides to seduce me the strongest and impel me to write a new story. One thing’s for sure… I don’t think we’ve quite seen the end of Library Cat yet. I just know he’ll be back in some shape or form. Watch this space!

Any suggestions to support libraries?

Love your local library, and never underestimate its capacity to allow your mind to wonder and divert. Rediscover the art of browsing the stacks – you never know what your next favourite book might be. There’s something lovely about being in a building of books which is stripped bare of any commercial agenda. Relish it! Its gambit is not for you to buy, but to discover. The fact that you’re more likely to leave its doors with an esoteric book on Spanish philosophy rather than the latest bestseller is an attribute that shouldn’t be underestimated. And look out for cats!

 

 

Website/ Blog: alex.howard.5492

Facebook: on.fb.me/1fh8xZZ  (Library Cat) / http://bit.ly/2abpyJA (Cats of Edinburgh)

Twitter: @ajhowardwriter / @edinlibrarycat

Linkedin: theedinburghginnel

August 12, 2016 / peoplesbookprize

Matthew Sullivan’s Melvin McGee: Zombie Hunter – TPBP Summer Collection 2016

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In the lead up to The People’s Book Prize 2016 we caught up with author Matthew Sullivan to talk about his children’s book

Melvi McGee: Zombie Hunter

 

My name is Mathew Sullivan, and I’m the author of Melvin McGee: Zombie Hunter, one of the books that has been shortlisted for the Summer selection of TPBP. I was forwarded an email by my publisher, Creative Educational Press Ltd, with some interview questions for a forthcoming marketing – along with instructions to send my answers to you. So, here they are!

Where did the idea of MELVIN McGEE: ZOMBIE HUNTER come from?

I wanted to write a story for the age group I taught that was unlike anything they had read before. I love dystopian fiction myself, and I’d thought about a zombie apocalypse story, but tales like that are usually the stuff of grown-up films and TV shows. Even so, I decided to try out a few chapters of a zombie survival tale for kids, focusing on the efforts of a couple of ten-year-old would-be heroes. The challenge from the off lay in treading the wafer-thin line between gory zombie horror and funny grossness, all while creating an exciting story with characters that children could relate to. Needless to say, I ended up writing more than a couple of chapters! Once I started, I couldn’t stop; the book was great fun to write.

Creative Educational Press Ltd publish a variety of brilliant authors, what is it like to be in the company of talented writers?

To me, the most amazing thing about Creative Educational Press is the impact that the material they put out has on children’s enthusiasm for reading and writing across the globe. Their educational books helps teachers to engage pupils in literacy, while their apps and word games make learning fun. I am very proud and grateful that I was given the opportunity to write Creative Educational Press’s first feature-length novel for children!

Have you got a message for your readers?

Yes, and it’s an EXTREMELY important one. Keep a very close eye on your teachers – especially the nice ones. If their eyes start going yellow, their skin turns grey, and they start mumbling about being peckish for pickled brains… RUN!

What can we expect from you in the future?

I’m currently working on a new book – this time for a slightly older (but still young!) audience – about an interstellar mission to another planet to find an element which might save the entire population of Earth! It’s a modest venture. I’d also love to write another Melvin McGee book, and have a very juicy idea for a sequel…

Any suggestions to support libraries?

School trips to libraries are always great fun! Children get to know where their local library is and what’s on offer, and when I took my class, we all dressed up as our favourite book characters! Needless to say, I didn’t have to look very hard for a costume; I already had a Captain America uniform hanging in my wardrobe.

 

Social Media Links

Website: www.thecepress.com

Blog: www.inspiredminds.eu

Facebook: www.facebook.com/inspiredminds321/

Twitter: @InspiredMind5

Instagram is m.j.sullivan

I hope that’s all OK, if you need anything else, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I’ve also attached a few photos, including a couple from a recent school visit where I got to spend the day with the book’s target audience!

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