Showing posts from December, 2010

Book Savvy Spotlight on Derek Smith

Bringing you exclusive interviews with authors featured in the Book Savvy Newsletter. Ou r Guest is Derek Smith, author of ' No Cousin of Mine ' -A book about true life post - war stories.  The foreword to this book has been written by John Noakes, probably the most famous of all the presenters of the Blue Peter programme. Enjoy the interview. Q1: Can you tell us a little about your book, 'No Cousin of Mine'? The title 'No Cousin of Mine' is taken from a favourite drinking song of Number 256 RAF squadron that was serving in Western Germany shortly after the end of the Second World War. The book is a sequence of real life stories involving a young man and his comrades during their time of National Service. It is about being conscripted into a rigidly disciplined, sometimes harsh system and learning how to survive. It is about young lads, most only 18, entering this system and emerging after 2 years as men. It is about learning to make the system

Author Spotlight with Steve Morris

An interview by Katie Salidas, ' Written In Blood' Blog Friday, November 26, 2010 K.S. Hello and welcome to the blog. I am very excited to have you here. Why don’t we start off with a small introduction? Tell us a little about yourself. S.M. So great to be here. Nice to meet you. My name is Steve Morris and I am based in the North West of the UK. In 2009 I wrote a book of short stories called “In All Probability” which was well-received by the Press. Despite a range of reviews including comments such as “an often disturbing imagination”, I was greatly encouraged by the reception of my first effort. For a living, I travel around my region to teach math and science to students who are too ill to get to school. Some stories that I wrote in my teenage years found their way into magazines, so I compiled a collection of them into a book with the help of a publisher. Now I am back with a second complimentary collection of (longer) shorts called “Jumble Tales.” K.S. Any inte