This month, we’re celebrating the first birthday of my ‘Book Of The Month’ feature. What better way to celebrate it than by inviting back Geoff Le Pard, my first ever guest, who featured in September 2016. Click here to read the post. So, without further ado, over to Geoff…
What’s the name of the book?
Buster & Moo
What inspired you to write it?
When we acquired a rescue dog, I wondered what would happen if we met his old owners, what if they wanted him back?
How long did it take you to write it?
I started it as a weekly chapter on my blog, beginning in January 2015. You do the maths!
Tell us a little about the story and the characters.
With their relationship under pressure, is adopting a dog the best decision for Mervin and Landen? As they adapt to fit the animal into their busy lives a chance encounter with Dave and Sheri, the dog’s previous owners, develops into something more and the newfound friendship is tested to the limits.
Life is complicated when Landen loses her job following the discovery of her affair with a colleague and then she becomes involved in a police investigation into alleged money laundering and drug dealing at her old firm. She tries desperately to keep the sordid truth from Mervin as events begin to spiral out of control.
As the four lives overlap and crisscross, the one constant is their shared love of the dog named Moo. But the problems mount up. While Sheri and Mervin grow close as they struggle to help each other, it is the unlikely alliance between Sheri and Landen that leads to the dramatic climax. However, there is only room for one hero in this story – who will it be?
Who do you think the book will appeal to?
Anyone who likes a good solid read with several twists and a lot of human relationships with all their frailties.
Do you have any plans for a follow-up book?
I’m currently working on a sequel to my first book, Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle but if there is a call for a follow-up, well, never say never…
Where can people buy the book?
How long have you been writing?
I started in July 2006.
Where do your ideas for your stories come from?
Oh dear – all over, really. Anything that catches my attention as possibly leading to a conflict.
When and where, and how often, do you write?
My desk, mostly in my cubby hole (I’m allocated fifteen square feet – the rest of the house is for weaving and textile work). I write about 3 hours every day, but quite a bit is blogging which I love.
What plans do have for future books?
I have several books in the pipeline as well as an anthology of short, short stories and a memoir of my mother.
What three pieces of advice would you give to someone who wants to write and publish a book?
Don’t let anyone put you off; take advice but be careful what you listen to – use your inner voice to filter it; publishing, esp self-publishing is a fag but far from impossible so don’t let that put you off.
What does blogging mean to you?
I love it and spend too long on it if only in the sense I do find I do less novel writing as a result.
What have you learned from being a blogger?
Bloggers tend to be generous and a great community, very welcoming. They have made my journey to publishing easier, and they continue to teach me how to get better at the writing and publishing craft.
Thank you, Geoff, for answering all my questions and for returning to this feature which you kindly kicked off for me a year ago with your book Salisbury Square.
If you have any questions for Geoff, please leave them in the comments section, and he’ll come back to you as soon as he can.
Connect with Geoff
Geoff is also a member of The Bloggers Bash committee. Click here for details.
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