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I’d like to welcome Patrick Haylock here today. He’s the author of Pluto’s in Uranus and this has to be one of the most fun interviews I’ve ever had the pleasure to host! Read on to see what I mean and to find out more about the author and his book as well as the opportunity to enter the rafflecopter giveaway associated with this tour! Good luck!
Hello, thank you for letting me drop by today to introduce my debut book.
I’m happy to be here.
I hope that the answers I have provided in response to your questions will not only help provide an insight into the colour of the sky in my world, but also indicate what you can expect from Pluto’s in Uranus!
Where did you get the inspiration for the book/series?
Firstly, many thanks for elevating this tale into a series, I like the way you think.
As for the inspiration for Pluto’s in Uranus! the answer to this is absolutely, Bonkers!
Not Bonkers as in mad, but as in Bonkers a media trade ‘comic’ which I devised many years ago.
The content included a spoof astrological page that featured a hapless Gypsy Astrologer who clearly had no ethereal ability and was clearly ‘making it all up’.
My late sister-in law a journalist who went on to become an EastEnders scriptwriter, offered to write this column.
When she submitted the forecasts, I noticed that one began with the words, ‘Pluto was entering Uranus’ childish and immature I know but it cracked me up.
At the time I thought there might be a lot more that I could do with the statement …and hey presto….. Pluto’s in Uranus!
Do you write using pen and paper or on a computer?
I did try writing a book on penguins once, but I soon discovered that paper was a much better option and far less annoying.
However, in comparison to penguins, a nocturnal brain is far more arduous. When ‘in gear’ my brain buzzes with great ideas and plot lines throughout the night.
In order not to forget any of these potential scenarios, I always keep a note pad a flexi reading light and a pen on the bedside table.
However, I’ve learned that there’s a massive difference between having thoughts and writing them down in the middle of the night.
Writing really isn’t something that you can do with your eyes closed.
To eradicate this often-indecipherable spidery scrawl, I found out how to record notes into my phone, which I thought was a quite an achievement.
However, after just one nights recording my wife was extremely unimpressed and strongly disagreed with my definition of accomplishment.
So, (obvs) I use pen and paper, or whatever else happens to be closest to hand to scribble upon and jot down my initial ideas. I then formulate these along with the bulk of the tale on my computer.
Who is your favourite character out of your stories and why?
I know a few Dave’s (including my son-in-law) and although most are conscientious hard working and well-meaning things never seem to end up going right or according to plan for them (just ask ex PM Dave Cameron!)
So, it’s most definitely Dave.
Are there any true facts intermingled within your story?
Yes, there are quite a few passages of truthful trivia sprinkled throughout the book. They include the fact that Yvonne Stagg was one of the first women ‘Wall of Death’ riders, and she did own her own ‘wall’, and did end up burying a ‘Wall of Death’ somewhere in the desert in Sierra Leone.
How and why did you choose the names for your main characters?
Dave is my Son-in-law and he shares similarities in more than just the name, my Grandfather’s was Joe (just Joe) who apart from being able to ride a motorbike and had a love of seaside punch and Judy shows shares no other similarities, and as for the third character, Foggy, the origin of this one is an adaption from an off grid very talented soul who eked a living painting heraldic family name shields.
Would you say that you have an addictive personality?
Yes, a while ago I was battling addiction.
I became addicted to doing the ‘Hokey Cokey.’ and although it was a long hard struggle, I eventually turned myself around and as they say …..that’s what it’s all about!
This Christmas Jupiter and Saturn will become closer to each other than they have been for almost 800 years. It is an event that has set the world astrological community abuzz with the possible consequences of such an alignment and its potential impact on global leaders and world events.
But what happens when an even rarer conjunction between Pluto and Uranus occurs and what affect does it hold in store for the lives of everyday ‘ordinary folk’?
Well, it’s something that Dave from the post room is about to find out. Pluto is in Uranus and for him this indicates that everything is about to come up smelling of roses or so he thinks!
Dave suffers from OCF, Obsessive Compulsive Fatalism, and his Achilles heel is his daily horoscope, which is about to become dramatically affected by the historic planetary alignment.
The lucky omens predicted will compel him to take uncharacteristic chances, cross paths with a hotchpotch of larger than life characters who get him embroiled in situations with hilarious outcomes that are way beyond his control and out of his comfort zone
Pluto’s In Uranus is written by globally unrecognised no award-winning Essex author Patrick Haylock.
Discounting his definitive guide to publishing invisible books Pluto’s in Uranus is Patrick’s debut novel, and it is now available in Bookstores on Amazon and other online outlets.
Patrick Haylock is a globally unrecognised writer who if you discount a school sweet pea growing competition, has won no awards whatsoever!
He was born in Enfield at a very dark time in the world. It was 1:45 am, to be precise, and it wasn’t too long before it dawned on him.
To make something of himself he was going to need two things the ability to tell the difference between a green onion and a scallion, and a good education.
Wormley Primary and Baas Hill Comprehensive schools did their best to fulfil both requirements, and after giving them 12 years of his life, they gave him seven printed sheets of paper, and the knowledge that there was no difference between a green onion and a scallion.
He also learned that the difference between onions and bagpipes was that no one ever
cries when you chop up bagpipes.
The certificated wisdom secured a national newspaper messenger’s job, which led to an editorial trainee position, followed by a production editor’s post, and progression
into freelance journalism.
‘Knowing his onions’ helped him to successfully establish his own publishing company, design studio, online retro webstore and high street art gallery.
Patrick lives with his wife in a converted Old Essex Brewery, where he claims the 6% ABV air quality inspires him to craft his nutty tales.
Although a ‘new voice’, in the literary world, those ‘in the know’ will willingly testify that his gift for imaginative storytelling is engaging, and, amusingly unique!
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