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Powderfinger & Wyndwrayth by Keller Yeats - Book Tour + Giveaway

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Nick Swann Investigates Book 1
by Keller Yeats


"Powderfinger" is a present-day scary horror story set mainly on the decrepit,
abandoned but soon to be redeveloped, bank of an old canal between
two towns. It centres on an old tar works known as Raven's Gate. Nick
Swann is a world weary mid-forties widower and Assistant Probation
Warden at St Joseph's Hostel for young male criminals, situated
overlooking the canal and Raven's Gate. A woman is brutally killed on
the bank opposite the Hostel on a night when Nick is on duty. Nick
believes his lads had nothing to do with it, though consequently Nick
is suspended for issuing too many late passes at once. Then another
woman is killed and Nick becomes drawn into discovering the culprit.
He works with DCI Findlay and DS Deacon as the murder toll rises.
Together with help from his old friends Alan and Hugo, Nick's
research uncovers a long series of similar murders in the same area,
stretching back through the centuries. "Powderfinger" as
the killer is dubbed, appears to be some kind of ancient mellifluous,
malevolent, murderous being that attacks anyone it considers to be
disturbing its peace and quiet. Eventually, as the story climaxes,
Findlay, Deacon, Nick and Alan set a trap to lure "Powderfinger"
to his doom and rid the area of this beast once and for all. Yet,
traps can swing both ways.

Nick Swann Investigates Book 2

This is the second horror novel in the Nick Swann series. This scary story
finds Nick now living in an old stone farmhouse on the lonely and
mysterious shores of Llyn Isaf, in Wales. He becomes intrigued by its
mist-covered lake island, Ynys Y Niwl and its dark, ancient and long
deserted mansion, Wyndwrayth.
Its moldering edifice holds many secrets and treasures, some of which
draw Nick and his old friend Alan, into dangerous realms. Death
stalks the island and as the dangerous spectral figures of The Millar
of Souls, The Paladin and Gideon reveal themselves, it becomes
increasingly difficult to discern between reality and dreams. 
As the death toll rises, Nick finds himself, along with his new partner,
Wendy and her Wolf, Mir embroiled in a struggle not just to maintain
sanity but to stay alive.

What are your top 10 favorite books/authors?
In no particular order:
Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit.
13th Valley.
Breakfast of Champions.
God Bless You Mr. Rosewater.
The Stand.
A Mouthful of Sugar.
The Big Green Science Book.

What book do you think everyone should read?
Lord of the Rings.

How long have you been writing?
Since I first held a pen!

Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?
Apart from Nick Swann, all my characters arrived as I, or they, told the story.

What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
I usually do some geographical and historical research relating to the idea of the book before I start to write.  I find this can be inspirational for the development of the story.  I will often create a map of the area and in the case of Wyndwrayth, a diagram of the house.  I find that these help to keep me physically located within my imagined world.  In addition, I continue to research as I write as required by the developing story.

Do you see writing as a career?
Of course!

What do you think about the current publishing market?
It’s a crowded market for sure. The established large publishing houses seem to like to play safe with already established authors or celebrity ghost written pulp. It is very hard for an unknown writer, no matter how talented, to gain their recognition or even attract an agent.  However, the internet and epublishing has opened the market to self-publishing and boutique publishing houses which offer alternatives. New ways of reaching the reader have opened up and continue to do so, this can offer ways for interesting stories and authors to rise in recognition and sales. Once an author generates sufficient interest from the public they may find it easier to gain an agent and publishing house of repute.

Do you read yourself and if so what is your favourite genre?
I find that my reading tastes change with time. Whilst I have always enjoyed some adventure or fantasy, I have always gravitated towards stories based in fact. I have a long-lasting fascination for stories based around factual wars, such as WW1, WW2 or Vietnam.

Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?
I like to have music on whilst I write, just quietly in the background.  Music is very important to me and I have many playlists on my iPod.  I like to create and play a long playlist that sets the mood of the book. I will then play it only when I write.

Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
Whilst I may begin an outline plan or sketch an idea when writing a novel, I like to concentrate on one story at a time.

If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?
God Bless You Mr. Rosewater.

Pen or type writer or computer?

Tell us about a favourite character from a book.
I liked Stuart Redman in Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’.  I found his ‘everyman’ character very appealing and believable.

What made you want to become an author and do you feel it was the right decision?
Firstly, the pleasure I got from reading and then the pleasure people expressed in reading my words. I received a lot of encouragement from these readers to write and yes, it was the right decision.

Advice you would give new authors?
Sick at it, believe in yourself and get a good editor who understands what you are trying to achieve.

Describe your writing style.
Direct and contemporary.

What makes a good story?
An interesting, original story, well-constructed with believable characters and scenarios. I think believability is very important, particularly when writing horror, fantasy or science fiction.

What are you currently reading?
Nothing.  I prefer to immerse myself in my own story when I am writing.

What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Not creating a plan, however sketchy, of a novel. Getting bogged down in unnecessary detail or perfect prose in the first draft, this is what future drafts are for. Not using a good editor.

What is your writing Kryptonite?
Music and coffee.

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I write stories I would like to read. Original ideas!

If you could tell your younger writing-self anything, what would it be?
Stick at it, hone your writing skills, challenge yourself and don’t get sidetracked.

What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
He,he! Lack of personal experience!

How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Eighteen months to two years between published novels, dependent upon length.

Do you believe in writer’s block?
Not at all.

Keller Yeats is a writer with a love of history and music. He has written
several published articles about rock music and several unpublished
short stories. He drew upon his years of experience working as a
Probation Warden, for his first published novel, "Powderfinger."
A horror story with a supernatural twist. "Wyndwrayth" is
his second novel in this Nick Swann researches and investigates
series, with more to come. In addition, he is a published graphic
artist and a qualified, though no longer practicing, jewellery maker
and designer. He now lives together with his wife, a Siberian Husky,
a Welsh Collie and three cats, in a cottage by the sea in Anglesey.

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