Today I have the humourous Graham Parke, author of No Hope for Gomez, here to answer a few questions about writing and reviews. Scroll all the way to the bottom to view a special free sequel offer.
What inspired you to become a writer?
I guess like many authors I just found the act of writing books and stories so much easier than that of not writing them. They basically need to come out and it is much less painful when you let them.
I don’t think many people sit down to make a career choice and come up with ‘author’, much like the number of enthusiasts for a vacancy as torture victim are, I suspect, quite low. In both cases, however, it’s very much a matter of not having much choice about the matter.
What books have influenced your writing?
I think most authors are influenced almost equally by two kinds of peers. One being the peers whose writing makes them think; ‘That was nice, but I could have done that so much better.’ The other making them think; ‘Damn, I could never have done that so well.’ It is probably a good idea to read from both categories in a balanced measure.
Do you read reviews written about your book?
I do read reviews whenever I come across them. Whether someone ‘gets’ your book or not, there’s always something to learn from the way people perceive your work. I take special note of reader reviews, as they seem to be less filtered. Bloggers and professional reviewers often try to extrapolate whether they think their readers will like the book or not. It’s always difficult to try and predict what others might think.
How do you deal with negative reviews?
There are negative reviews? This is very upsetting news indeed!
I used to deal with them quite badly, but now I’ve grown and I use them in mystic rituals that increase my random luck by 0,93 percent.
No Hope for Gomez! by Graham Parke
Published by Outskirts Press on Jan 12, 2010
Genres: Adult, Humour
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
It’s the age-old tale:
Boy meets girl.
Boy stalks girl.
Girl already has a stalker.
Boy becomes her stalker-stalker.
We’ve seen it all before, many times, but this time it’s different. If only slightly. When Gomez Porter becomes a test subject in an experimental drug trial, he is asked to keep track of any strange experiences through a blog. What Gomez isn’t ready for, is so many of his experiences suddenly seeming strange; the antiques dealer trying to buy his old tax papers, his neighbor boiling salamanders on his balcony at midnight, the super sexy lab assistant who falls for him but is unable to express herself in terms outside the realm of science. But when one of the trial participants turns up dead and another goes missing, Gomez begins to fear for his life. No longer sure who he can trust and which of his experiences are real and which merely drug induced illusions, he decides it’s time to go underground and work out a devious plan.
Now, years later, his blogs have been recovered from a defunct server. For the first time we can find out firsthand what happened to Gomez as he takes us on a wild ride of discovery.
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