Carrion by Graeme Cumming / #Interview #BlogTour @LoveBooksGroup @GraemeCumming63

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CHOOSE YOUR WORDS CAREFULLY. WORDS HAVE POWER.

A sheet of black filled his vision as hundreds of birds dived at the cottage, pointed beaks thrust forward. From this angle, he couldn’t see many of them striking it, but the few he did see held nothing back as they hammered into the shutter. The scale of the attack was beyond anything he’d seen or heard of. And bloodied casualties littered the ground: skulls shattered, wings broken, innards spilling from them. The fact that so many of them continued with the onslaught in spite of this filled him with even more dread.

Salin has always wanted an adventure and, when the opportunity presents itself, he grabs it with both hands, taking his friends along for the ride – whether they want to or not.

With strange lands come strange creatures that stand between them and their goal. And that goal is the same for someone else, a man who believes the prize is worth every sacrifice – especially when the sacrifices are made by others.

The future is about to change. But who for?

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Q&A

1. Do you always take a book/e-reader wherever you go?

The short answer is yes. Even if there’s just a possibility I’m going to be waiting for something or someone, I make sure I’ve got a device with me – they’re generally more convenient than having actual books.

2. Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?

I think the more accurate answer is that I want to be the ‘interesting one’. Like a role in a film or TV series, the characters that stand out aren’t necessarily good or bad. And in real life, there are no good and bad people. We’ve all got a bit of both in us.

3. Where can I find you when you are reading?

If you do find me, I’ll probably have to call the police because I do most of my reading in bed at night. That said, other opportunities crop up throughout the day so it could be in the car, on the sofa, or… pretty much anywhere.

4. Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?

No specific place. At the moment, because of Covid-19 restrictions, I’m not straying far, but I do like to get out into the countryside (woodland and water are important to me – as anyone reading Carrion will probably gather), either walking or cycling. Again the restrictions mean I haven’t been able to participate this year, but I also love sailing, mainly dinghies. It’s the water thing again.

5. Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?

I can, but not very often. And, bearing in mind how few bookstores there are these days, the opportunity to go and have a look – even in a second-hand store – has to be grabbed. Here in the UK, bookstores are being undermined not just by Amazon, but by the supermarkets selling books at drastically discounted prices, reducing the margins for publishers and authors, but also eating away at the choices of books available for readers. We need to support bookstores as much as we can, not just popping in for a browse, but buying books from them rather than online or in the supermarkets. It’s better for us all in the long run.

6. What are you most proud of?

My instinctive answer is my children, and I’m sure the vast majority of people asked that question will say the same. But I’m also very proud of my partner, who lives with a disability that affects her on a daily basis, and yet is more interested in helping and supporting others than she is in looking for help and support.

7. What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?

At the time of writing, it’s only happened once, and because I’d had to do a lot of the work to get it published myself (I am an indie), I was just relieved that I’d finally got one that could hold its head high among the books that had been traditionally published. If I feel the same with the Carrion paperback, I’ll be a happy man.

8. What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?

I find that hard, because I’ve been rubbish at following advice when it comes to writing. In many respects, the best thing to do is find your own way. Write what you want to write – even if it doesn’t tick the boxes a publisher or retailer will want ticking. That aside, write regularly, every day if possible.

9. Who would you like/have liked to interview?

Certain politicians spring to mind, as I’d like to ask them what the hell they were thinking when they made particular political decisions – in recent years Brexit and the handling of the Covid-19 crisis obviously spring to mind. However, I have learned over the years to do what gives me the most peace, and I suspect my blood pressure would skyrocket as they ducked the questions. So, in the interests of having an enjoyable experience, I’d want to have interviewed Roger Moore. He was in TV series and movies that formed a backdrop to my childhood and youth, and he’s always come across as a great storyteller with a strong sense of humour.

10. When and where do you prefer to write?

I can write at most times of day, but I tend to be more productive in the evenings. Maybe it’s the realisation that I’m running out of time that helps to motivate me. As for where, my preference is at my desk, which faces a wall so I have no distractions.

Thank you, Graeme Cumming and Love Books Group

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About the author

Graeme Cumming lives in Robin Hood country, and has spent most of his life immersed in fiction – books, TV, movies – turning to writing his own during his early teens.  

With his interests in story-telling sparked by an excessive amount of time sitting in front of a black and white television, his tastes are varied.  Influences ranged from the Irwin Allen shows (Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Lost in Space, etc.) to ITC series (The Saint, The Champions, Randall and Hopkirk (deceased) and so many more), so the common theme was action and adventure, but crossed into territories including horror, fantasy and science fiction as well as crime and espionage.

 This diverse interest in fiction continued with his reading and his discovery of the magical world of cinema.  As a result, his stories don’t always fall into a specific genre, but will always maintain the style of a thriller. 

When not writing, Graeme is an enthusiastic sailor (and, by default, swimmer), and enjoys off-road cycling and walking.  He is currently Education Director at Sheffield Speakers Club.  Oh yes, and he reads (a lot) and loves the cinema.

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Author Link

Website: graemecumming.co.uk

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Book Link

Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2KYvFjp

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