Also today I’m on the blog tour for Me and The Monkey and am thrilled to bring you a brilliant author Q&A with Andy Darby AND a giveaway! But first, here’s all the info you need about the book…..
Title: Me and The Monkey
Author: Andy Darby
Genre: Humour / Fantasy
Series/Standalone: Standalone First Book in a Series
Estimated page count: 240
Formats available: Hardback and eBook. Available on Kindle Unlimited
Publisher: BAD PRESS iNK (10 July 2021)
Tour organised by: Rachel’s Random Resources
Well there’s this talking monkey who won me in a game of Othello in a coffee shop in Amsterdam. He came back to Cornwall with me and has become a prolific reader and dabbler in magic. He also has past life flash backs – the most prominent of which are the Nam special forces ones. We have partially deceased girlfriends who apparently eat dead bodies. The Monkey created a sort of black hole in the spare bedroom and now we have a team of nerds investigating it and trying to stop ‘things’ coming out of it. A bunch of Oriental hit men who appear to believe he is a god attempted to steal The Monkey’s magic lolly pop sticks, but he managed to blow them up in their caravan. We are off to Cambodia in search of a temple from which came a monkey faced pendant with glowing eyes and we seem to have upset an international cabal who are out to get us. Oh, and did I mention that The Monkey likes a cigar and we regularly get very drunk on Jack Daniels…
q&A with andy darby
Dark Fantasy Humour
Tell us a bit about yourself:
Would-be Viking, and lover of the bizarre. New mission in life – infest the world with my strange creations. I’m the British based author of Me and The Monkey. A martial artist, ex bodybuilder, studier of the esoteric, bad surfer, lover of heavy metal, and motion graphics designer. I live in north Cornwall with my artist wife and Anime/Manga obsessed teenage daughter.
What inspired you to start writing?
I have always loved to write although in my youth it was song lyrics rather than prose. I worked in an office during the 1990’s and was asked to produce the internal company newsletter. It soon had very short crazy stories appearing in it, and towards the end of the 90’s I had started writing for its own sake. I changed jobs for a graphic designer role in a live events company and was so busy that the writing took a very back seat. And then around 2012 I decided to try an experiment in writing daily blogs on Facebook to see how much interaction I got and to give myself the discipline to write something every day. That’s how Me and The Monkey was born.
How many books have you written and published?
Just Me and The Monkey so far, although there is a short story prequal available for free to subscribers on the web site www.meandthemonkey.co.uk
Which book, out of all the books you have written, is your favourite and why?
Ask me again in a couple of years 😊
How do you choose the names of your characters?
Mainly by repeating names in my head until one fits! If they are foreign characters, then I will use Google to search for appropriate names.
Which of your characters would you want to be stranded on an island with, and why?
I guess it would have to be The Monkey – it wouldn’t get boring!
Who is your favourite author and which of their books is your favourite, and why?
Presently it is Madeline Miller. I can’t choose between Circe and The Song of Achilles…
Circe is such a dreamlike book that weaves ancient Greek myth and the real human frailties of the Gods (let’s face it, they are just badly behaved humans who happen to be immortal) with a deep yearning for something beyond just eternal life. It is one of the few books that has managed to produce a tear and remains, along with 1984, one of my favourite two books.
But, The Song of Achilles, well, I have a bit of a thing for Troy. Homers epic is the first and possibly greatest written tragedy, and it has spawned many books that retell or reinterpret the story and its heroes. There has been a raft of these in recent years by female authors who have done a magnificent job of telling the whole sorry tale from the perspective of the women involved, something glossed over in the original. In The Song of Achilles we are given a chance to see Achilles as a victim of fate who had no choice but to embrace the chance of immortality through his deeds, as grim and tragic as they turn out to be.
What is the first thing you can remember writing?
When I was in junior school I wrote a story about Vikings. I think it was inspired by a story in a Christmas Annual and I took the idea and rewrote it (huge plagiarism undoubtedly!)
What other jobs have you done other than being an author?
Diamond cutter in a jewellery factory, car spray painter, clerical worker, IT support, graphic designer, creative director, and motion graphics artist (which I still do although now it is for my own company).
If you could get in a time machine and had one chance to travel, where would you go? (Backwards or forwards!)
I would like to go to the point in time when as humans we finally get in right.
If you could have one conversation with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Charlie Chaplin, because that spark of genius is rare, and we could all do with getting lit up by some of that.
What are your favourite things to do?
Eating, drinking, reading, walking, movies, playing Assassin’s Creed or Call of Duty, and of course, writing.
What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?
Being woken in the middle of the night after an ayahuasca ceremony by the locals shooting blowpipe darts at the vampire bats hanging in the hut rafters.
If you could give your younger writing self any advice what would it be?
Start writing as soon as you get the bug and treat it like a job – write every day! Write for yourself not for others, if what you write has any value then other people will want to read it.
And finally, name one book you think everyone should read?!
George Orwell’s 1984.
Win a signed Hardback of Me and the Monkey, limited edition print and more
1 x Hardback book – author signed and numbered (out of 250)
1 x spliff bookmark – author signed
1 x promotional limited edition print – author and illustrator signed (out of 250)
1 x Monkey death from above T-shirt
9 x Runners up prize.
1 x signed spliff bookmarks &
1 x signed and numbered promo print
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Thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour and to Andy for chatting with us!
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