Evening lovelies. Late posts from me today as I’ve been at work all day. First up I have an author Q&A for you on the blog tour of Wild Blue Yonder by M W Arnold…..enjoy!
about the book
Title: Wild Blue Yonder
Author: M W Arnold
Genre:WW2 / Historical / Saga
Series/Standalone: Standalone Second Book in The Air Transport Auxiliary Mystery Club series
Estimated page count: 390
Formats available: Paperback and eBook
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc (26 July 2021)
Tour organised by: Rachel’s Random Resources
Air Transport Auxiliary pilot Doris Winter is accused of stealing a valuable item from a famous Hollywood movie star, now a captain in the US Army Air Corps, after a dance at the air base in England where he’s stationed. Gathering her close friends together, she’s determined to clear her name.
Ruth’s POW son suffers a life-changing injury just as her own cottage takes damage in an air raid and Penny’s estranged little sister unexpectedly turns up, having run away from school. Together with the ongoing thefts of items of clothing and surprise personal revelations, these all threaten to hamper their investigation.
In spite of the worsening war situation, they must band together to rise above their troubles and prove love and friendship is worth fighting for.
Q&A with M W Arnold
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I served in the Royal Air Force for sixteen years, serving in most parts of the world. As a consequence, you can’t tell where I come from by how I speak. My accent could best be described as, Mongrel I’ve two Romanian bat-eared Werecats, which are rescues; I’m sure they’re plotting to take over the world! Finally, I’ve been married to my Lady Wife for 26 years now.
What inspired you to start writing?
I’d dabbled for a while, jotting down the odd short story and idea, but never tried it seriously. However, one Christmas in 2013 (I think), my wife had read a romance and pestered me to read it; not what I was reading at the time. I think it was called, ‘The Xmas Factor’ by Annie Sanders and it just got into my head and wouldn’t go away. Anyway, the next morning, I found myself at my old laptop, taping away. I stayed there all day and by the end, I had a few chapters done and the gist of what would become my first completed book. This remains unpublished, though I still love the title!
How many books have you written and published?
As of this date, I’ve completed six books, three of which have been published with a fourth out on 20thOctober 2021. That’ll be book 3 of my current ‘Broken Wings’ series. The first was a romantic drama actually, published a few years back called, ‘The Season for Love’.
Which book, out of all the books you have written, is your favourite and why?
A lot of people say there first published book is their favourite. In a way, I suppose ‘The Season for Love’ is still my favourite, but only my favourite romance. Actually, and I know you’re going to hate me for saying this, but my favourite is my forthcoming Christmas book, ‘I’ll be Home for Christmas’. I do like a bit of mystery and ‘Wild Blue Yonder’ has, compared to book 1, ‘A Wing and a Prayer’, not got so much of a mystery in it whereas that one has a much more in depth mystery in it and I loved how it turned out!
How do you choose the names of your characters?
You know all those baby and surname books authors have? Well, I’ve got those and…they never seem to be around when I need a name. The trouble is, I tend to write with my laptop on my, lap, only on the sofa in front of the television and the books aren’t in the lounge. So when I need a name, I look around and see if a name catches my eye from a book, a magazine which is lying around, even from show may be on the television at the time; I know, I’m lazy.
Which of your characters would you want to be stranded on an island with, and why?
Doris Winter, without a doubt. She’s my American character. A little rough around the edges maybe, but she’s always there for her friends and never shirks from a challenge.
Who is your favourite author and which of their books is your favourite, and why?
Terry Pratchett. Heck, if I could write even a quarter as well as him I could die happy. His series of Discworld novels are well, maybe apart from the last few, top-notch pastiches of society, disguised as fantasy.
What is the first thing you can remember writing?
It was a parody on ‘Under Milk Wood’, by Dylan Thomas, or a sequel to ‘The Day of the Triffids’ by John Wyndham. Both of these were written in my English Literature classes when I was at school. I can’t remember much about the first, other than writing a parody of a parody was weird. The triffids story ended up with them and other surviving Britain’s, taking over the Isle of Wright.
What other jobs have you done other than being an author?
I was a Data Analyst in the Royal Air Force. It was definitely one of those times where you look back with perhaps, Rose-tinted glasses, forgetting most of the bad times. To be fair, I did enjoy myself most of the time and certainly saw an awful lot of the world, pretty much everywhere barring the Far East. I even had to show a Soviet General around a Hardened Aircraft Shelter in Germany once!
When I left, I took up IT as a trade and that was the last ‘normal’ job I had.
If you could get in a time machine and had one chance to travel, where would you go? (Backwards or forwards!)
1967, Los Angeles, California. That was the year in which the ‘Smile’ album by the Beach Boys was first supposed to come out. I’m a big fan of music especially that of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, and Smile was the name of the album which was going to be the best album ever released. The trouble was Brian, the writer, singer and producer, was into drugs in a big way and that, amongst other reasons, meant the album never came out. I’d love to be able to show him how much both him as a person and the bootlegs of the music from that album came to mean to music fans. Coda time! It was eventually played to ecstatic audiences and tremendous critical acclaim on February 20th 2004 at the Royal Festival Hall in London. I was in the audience that day.
If you could have one conversation with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Very difficult question to answer. I suppose I could say I’d go back to the evening when Mr Hitler said to Mrs Hitler, “I’m feeling frisky!” Or to speak to Brian Wilson and suggest that instead of some acid or wackie-backy, he has a Twinkie instead.
What are your favourite things to do?
Please do not judge me too harshly. Are you ready? I am a Trekker (or Trekkie, if you prefer). I’ve loved this program since I first caught repeats back in the 70’s. It’s one of my go-to things if that will settle me down if I feel anxious or in need of a pick-me-up. I also love 50’s monster movies and Midsummer Murders type mysteries, the kind of thing my lady wife considers lightweight, but that I enjoy for exactly that reason; they don’t take themselves too seriously.
What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?
Waking up in the back of a pick-up truck in 1988 with an Las Vegas cocktail waitress on the beachfront at Tijuana, Mexico, with no knowledge of how I got there, and without my passport.
If you could give your younger writing self any advice what would it be?
And finally, name one book you think everyone should read?!
The Silver Sword by Ian Seraillier. It’s a book first published in 1956 and tells the story of 3 orphans and one wee tearaway and their escape from Nazi occupied Warsaw. This is a book which has been acknowledged as influencing The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. It’s a fascinating and griping tale of human endurance.
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Thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour and to Mick for chatting with us.
One more post from me coming up tonight…..