IT’S A JUNGLE IN THERE!
Henry Williams has never been a leader.
Or stood up to the bullies.
Or kissed the girl of his dreams.
In fact, he’s never stood out from the school crowd.
Mind you, he’s only twelve years-old.
And a foot shorter than his classmates.
All that will change today, though.
The school inspectors are visiting Chrome Junction Academy.
The principal needs to get rid of the cream of the cr@p!
He’d have preferred to send them to another galaxy far, far away…
Instead, the obnoxious, high-on-energy-drinks brats are off to…
What book truly inspired your life and why?
One of the first was Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. It’s so meandering and wild and confident. I was mainly inspired by movies, though. Movies kicked off my passion for storytelling.
How did you pick who you dedicated your book too?
I always dedicate my books to my wife and family, first and foremost. My PA, Jolene Huber, and some of my hardcore readers always get a shout-out. Sometimes there might be a specific person who helped me with research, for example. They’ll get a dedication, too.
Did you do a lot of research for your book?
For The Belch Park Field Trip, my knowledge of theme parks and how they work was my research. I know them quite well. The story itself is a sort of underdog story. It’s sort of like “The Goonies” meets “Three O’Clock High” in that respect.
What was your favourite read of 2017?
I didn’t read any non-fiction last year. I read a few books on Amazon Ads and marketing. Joseph Sugarman’s Ad Copy Weekly book was a real eye-opener. I recommend it to all authors who run adverts.
If you had to take three books on a desert island what would they be?
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, 1984 and Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas.
Can you tell us a little about your publishing journey?
I wrote my first book In Their Shoes: The Teacher in September 2016, and published it in October of that year. I’ve written a book a month since. The Belch Park Field Trip is my fifteenth book. All my books are satires, but the bend towards different genres. Pure Dark is horror. Versus and Simple Machines are thrillers. Belch Park is the third in the Chrome Junction Academy series of satires about schools. The first book, Let’s Kill Mr Pond, is a crime satire. Vicky & Lizzie’s First period is a screwball musical about child abuse and gossip. Belch Park is straight up screwball farce and very silly indeed…
Can you share with us a photo that tells a story?
Yes, look at this. I love it.
What would you like your readers to know before starting your book?
Absolutely nothing, preferably. If the book can’t do a good enough job of explaining itself, then I’ve failed. I’d say keep an open mind, as “the line” is my starting point, more often than not. So if you don’t like “the line” to be crossed, be aware!
Do you have any questions that you would like to ask your readers?
If they’ve finished the book, I usually ask them what their favourite “thing” or “part” was, and their least favourite. I find that knowing this information helps me with future books.
If they’re part-way through a book, I ask them if they’re enjoying it. Most importantly, I ask them where they think it’s going. Some of those answers are fascinating and are a real insight into how to satisfy readers (as an author.)
Some authors are afraid to cross the line.
Me? Oh, I’m glad you asked! I make “the line” my starting point…
My brand is satire.
I hop between genres like madman on crack because my razor-sharp literary knife is hungry for political and social commentary. One genre just can’t cut it (if you’ll forgive the pun.) I’m obsessed, I tell you!
I write straight-up humor and farce, horror, crime, romance… all under the banner of satire.
My novels often contain a ruthless commentary on society, delving into the darker machinations of modern life. They can be uproarious, funny, outrageous and shocking. Make no mistake, though. They are this way for a reason, and always come equipped with a sense of humanity and wit.
My influences include John Cleese, Tom Sharpe, Kurt Vonnegut, James Patterson, Hunter S Thompson, Douglas Adams, Imogen Edwards-Jones, Michael Frayn, Chris Morris, Jerry Sadowitz, Christopher Hitchins, Bill Maher, George Carlin, Jordan Peterson, Pat Condell, and writer/director Larry Cohen.
My obsessions include (and are essentially limited to) obscene amounts of: smoking, drugs, alcohol, caffeine, sex, debating, daydreaming and writing about himself in the third person.
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