#Author Interview – Mike Russell #TuesdayBookBlog @strangebookseye

I’m delighted to welcome author, Mike Russell to have a chat about his books, writing life, and being an astronaut…maybe…one day! Over to Mike.

Mike Russell Author

The Fun Stuff

What part of the world do you come from?

The south of England in the UK. I currently live in Brighton with my girlfriend and two cats.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

First an astronaut, then a pig-farmer, then a writer. I am very happy to be fulfilling the writing dream. I am now a vegetarian so I won’t be fulfilling the pig-farming dream any time soon, though a pet pig might be nice. As far as being an astronaut… there’s still time.

List three words to describe yourself.

Alive, creative, hopeful.

Who would play you in a film about your life?

Hmmm… I don’t know but it would have to be a comedy.

What’s your favourite snack food when writing?

Tea and toast.

If you had a super power, what would it be?

Used with caution.

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The Sensible Side

Tell us a little about yourself. (How did you get started writing?  What do you do when you’re not writing?)

When I was 12 years old I began writing a novel called ‘Imagine Infinity’. I designed the book cover and wrote about twenty pages before deciding that I needed more life experience and abandoned it. I thought this early attempt was lost until my parents found it in their loft a couple of years ago. I still like the title. Years later, I began writing again. Then one day a friend was putting together a spoken-word event. Knowing that I wrote things, she asked me to contribute. This led to many years of regularly performing my stories in clubs, bars, galleries and various other strange venues. Happily, I just kept being invited to do more. This proved to me that there was an audience for my writing. I then began publishing my stories.

Where did the inspiration for Nothing is Strange come from?

Inspiration for me is exactly that. I have moments of inspiration that come at odd times. It is always something new to me, giving a certain insight beyond what I already know and it comes with a small euphoria. Where it comes from is a mystery. I love inspiration. I love exploring the places that inspiration reveals to me and I have a huge desire to share what I discover. We are all mysteries surrounded by mystery and filled with mystery! I like to explore that mystery.

What do you like the most about writing short stories?

I like to be able to create many different, sometimes even contradictory, worlds. Short stories enable this. I see the nature of life as paradoxical. As soon as someone says ‘this is the way things are’ you can be sure that something will happen to prove them wrong. Writing stories can show that the truth can take many forms.

Can you give us a brief excerpt from Nothing is Strange?

From the short story ‘Dunce’ from ‘Nothing Is Strange’:

The lights dimmed to darkness. Kitty Malone, the beautiful star of the show, was stood centre stage. A shot was heard. Dunce jumped right out of his seat.

‘What was that?’ he said.

The lights came back on and Kitty was lying in a pool of blood. Dunce let out a scream then shouted:

‘Someone call for an ambulance! And the police!’

The audience thought that Dunce was an actor, that the play was being cleverly extended beyond the stage, questioning the boundaries of theatre.

‘What’s wrong with you?’ Dunce shouted at the audience. ‘How can you carry on as if nothing has happened?’

‘This is wonderful, just wonderful,’ I heard someone say behind me.

Kitty was stoically sticking to her role, thinking that the show must go on, but Dunce was clambering up onto the stage, crying, stroking Kitty’s hair and checking her pulse.

‘She’s alive!’ he shouted with relief.

‘No I’m not!’ Kitty hissed at him through clenched teeth.

What is the best thing about being a writer?

Discovering strange and magical things!

What can we expect from you in the future?

I currently have three books published, all available from Amazon (please see below for link). I am currently working on more stories and also novels, which will be published in good time. If you follow my website www.strangebooks.com you will receive an email when each new book is published.

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

Author Website: https://strangebooks.com

Amazon Author Page

Twitter

Facebook

Author Bio

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Mike Russell was born in 1973. He grew up in the small village of Pulborough in the south of England. As a child, he enjoyed daydreaming, art and writing strange stories. As an adult, he enjoys daydreaming, art and writing strange stories.

Book Blurbs

‘Nothing Is Strange’ is a collection of 20 mind-expanding short stories.

“A unique collection of short stories that takes readers to bizarre places and lets them experience dreamlike situations that I have yet to read in other books.” Readers’ Favourite

Buy it HERE

‘Strange Medicine’ is a fantastic collection of extraordinary tales of transformation.

“Full of meaning and emotion, with an awesome front cover to go with it. Great Stuff.” Always Trust In Books

Buy it HERE

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 ‘Strungballs’ is a surreal, science-fiction/fantasy novella.

“This is like nothing I have ever read before… a highly unique, weird and perhaps even mind-altering reading experience.” Fantasy Book Review

Buy it HERE

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Mike Russell’s books have been described as Strange Fiction, Weird Fiction, Weird Lit, Surrealism, Fantasy Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Metaphysical Fiction… but we just like to call them StrangeBooks.

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#BookReview The Bridge of the Golden Wood by Karl Beckstrand #RBRT

Book Review #RBRT

Book Title: The Bridge of the Golden Wood

Author: Karl Beckstrand

Category: Children’s Fiction/Business/

My Rating: 4 Star

 

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My Review:

The Bridge of the Golden Wood is a delightful tale about a young Chinese boy who helps some hungry fish but learns a valuable life lesson along the way. According to the blurb, this illustrated folktale teaches the reader how to spot opportunities to help others and make money. After the story, there are money-making activities included, together with a valuable resource section.

The illustrations are beautiful, and the words are in a dyslexic font making this book accessible to a wide audience.

It’s aimed at children between the ages of 5 and 18 and has a business/non-fiction element to the story. However, I’m not sure my three teenagers would read it, even though two of them are studying business, and my young nephew would not grasp the business element, but I’m sure he would enjoy the story. The author is a bestselling and award-winning author of 18 multicultural books, so I’m pretty sure he knows what he’s doing.

I loved the inspirational message of the picture book and enjoyed reading it.

I received a copy of The Bridge of the Golden Wood from the author as part of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team in exchange for an honest review.

Blurb:

A child with a knack for solving problems helps some hungry fish and finds a treasure.

Illustrated folktale teaches how to spot opportunities to help others and make money. Comes with ideas for businesses; money-making activities; and online resources on finding customers, managing money, and moving up in an organization (for ages 5 and up). Young children will be captivated by the story; older ones will want to apply the things they learn.

Teach someone to fish: a how-to book on careers, small business, and learning how to serve/earn money. Soon available in hard and soft cover—Asian characters, Chinese boy, red panda, 26-page picture book, 530 words in dyslexic font by Karl Beckstrand

About the Author:

Karl Beckstrand

Karl Beckstrand is the bestselling and award-winning author of 18 multicultural books and more than 40 e-book titles (reviews by Kirkus, School Library Journal, The Horn Book blog, ForeWord Reviews).

Raised in San Jose, CA, he has a B.A. in journalism from BYU, an M.A. in international relations from APU, and a broadcast & film certificate from Film A. Academy. Since 2004 he has run Premio Publishing. A college media instructor, Beckstrand contrasts traditional with digital book publishing. He has presented to Taiwan’s Global Leadership for Youth, city and state governments, festivals, and schools. Beckstrand’s nationally lauded Y.A. stories, e-book mysteries, ESL/ELL Spanish/bilingual books, nonfiction, and wordless books feature ethnically diverse characters—and usually end with a twist.

His work has appeared in Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Border’s Books, Costco, Deseret Book, iBooks, The Children’s Miracle Network, LDS Film Festival, the U.S. Congressional Record, Papercrafts Magazine, and various broadcasts. FB, Twitter, http://KarlBeckstrand.com, http://PremioBooks.com

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The What, Why, and How of Self-Publishing #TuesdayBookBlog

On Wednesday 8th March it is International Women’s Day, and what better day to attend a Women in Business Conference where I get to listen to influential speakers from a variety of backgrounds and businesses.

I’ve only been a member of the Socially Shared Member’s Group for a short time, and yet I’ve learned so much and met some incredible ladies. I can’t imagine a better way to spend my day than in the company of like-minded individuals.

To add to the excitement, I was invited to run one of the workshops during the afternoon sessions on self-publishing. Having published seven books with a further two titles due out this year, I should be able to fill my forty-five-minute slot quite easily. However, get me talking about books and writing, and you might have a problem shutting me up! Continue reading “The What, Why, and How of Self-Publishing #TuesdayBookBlog”

Become a Better You by Byron Morrison #Interview #TuesdayBookBlog #WeightLoss

I’m delighted to have local author, Byron Morrison, on my blog today. I ‘met’ Byron through a local Facebook networking group and was instantly drawn to his positive energy. I was thrilled when he agreed to pop over for a quick chat about his lifestyle and weight loss coaching and writing non-fiction. Over to Byron…

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The Fun Stuff:

What part of the world do you come from? I actually grew up in Johannesburg in South Africa, but I moved to the UK around 20 years ago and now live in Stratford upon Avon.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Weirdly I actually wanted to be a writer but in a completely different context. As a kid I loved fantasy books, but as I grew up I kind of lost my passion for writing stories and instead moved onto writing songs and music. Then a couple of years ago that passion was reignited, but again in a different form.

List three words to describe yourself. Continue reading “Become a Better You by Byron Morrison #Interview #TuesdayBookBlog #WeightLoss”

#TuesdayBookBlog Twelve Lessons by Kate Spencer #NewAge #Romance #BookReview

Title: Twelve Lessons

Author: Kate Spencer

Category: Contemporary Romance/New Age/Personal Transformation

My Rating: 4*

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Amazon UK | US

My Review:

Having brought my own life back from the brink on several occasions, I felt that Kate Spencer’s book, Twelve Lessons would be a perfect read for me.

It’s very cleverly written as it fits into the personal development genre and yet it’s disguised as a contemporary romance. Stephanie Slater’s life falls apart at the seams, with one disaster after another landing at her feet. She attends a party where there is a Tarot reader who tells her that certain hardships are coming her way, but she refuses to believe such a charlatan. Stephanie is fine. Life is fine. Nothing could ever burst her bubble – could it? Continue reading “#TuesdayBookBlog Twelve Lessons by Kate Spencer #NewAge #Romance #BookReview”

#BookReview Midnight Sisters by @saraheboucher #TuesdayBookBlog #RBRT

Book Review #RBRT

 

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Book Title: Midnight Sisters

Author: Sarah E Boucher

Category: Myths and Fairy Tales

My Rating: 4 Star

My Review:

I’m unfamiliar with the original fairy tale that this novel is based on, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, so I can’t comment on the uniqueness of this re-telling. However, I can say that it is a thoroughly enjoyable book in its own right. I did keep expecting the sisters to disappear into a magical land but I think this was down to the book being placed under the myths and fairy tale category. I think it would be better suited in young adult romance.

I liked Jonas from his first appearance. He is a fully rounded character with a nice sense of humour. The interaction he has with his supervisor, Gregor, and his friend, Braden is quite heart-warming. Continue reading “#BookReview Midnight Sisters by @saraheboucher #TuesdayBookBlog #RBRT”

#BookReview The Reading Group by Della Parker (@DellaGalton) #TuesdayBookBlog

Book Title: The Reading Group: December

Author: Della Parker

My Rating: 5*

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My Review:

I’m a bit late posting my review for The Reading Group: December. However, if you haven’t already grabbed yourself a copy of this lovely little book, I suggest you hit the link below because it’s FREE.

The Reading Group: December, is a delightful, heart-warming story of true friendship. The Reading Group is a series of novellas, December being the first in the series, and it’s here we are introduced to the friends’ who make up the reading group.

Every story is written about a different character, weaving the account of their lives into the book choice of the month.

We’ve all tried to hide Continue reading “#BookReview The Reading Group by Della Parker (@DellaGalton) #TuesdayBookBlog”