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The Punishment by Paul Clayton - Book Tour + Giveaway

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The Punishment

What do you do when you are an ex-soap star down on your luck and running out of money?
For Daniel Maple, a chance meeting in a nightclub presents him with an offer he finds hard to refuse...
But crime makes you pay.
And someone, somewhere, wants you punished.

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Author Q&A
1.       What would you consider to be your Kryptonite as an author?
I don’t know whether they're kryptonite, but I suppose it’s my ideas, my story, my life. “The Punishment” is based on an incident that happened to me as a young actor. In the book the central character takes a different route from what I did. There is quite a lot of my life in there, people I know, incidents and emotions. That’s also the case in the book I’m currently writing, so that if they do grab the reader, then those things are my own personal kryptonite.
2. Favorite childhood memory involving books?
At infant school land in the first year of junior school we used to have storytime on a Friday afternoon where our teacher would read to us for the last 15 minutes of the day. That’s how I got to know the Narnia books and wanted to start reading them for myself. I always remember “The Otterbury Incident” By CS Lewis  which has a fabulous villain, and of course I was part of the Jackanory generation. Every afternoon 15 minutes of being read a book and quite often I would then rush to the library so that I could read the full version. “Minnow On The Say” by Philippa Pearce is one that stays in my mind
3. What fantastical fictional world would you want to live in (if any) given the chance?
This is probably really boring but I think  I would like to be a senior prefect at  Hogwarts. I went to an old redbrick Northern grammar school, but during my teenage years I used to think of what it would be like to be at a public school. I used to devour the “Jennings” books by Anthony Buckeridge. So a world in which there is a lot of adventure, and there are always grown-ups around to sort out the problems.

4. Did you want to be an author when you grew up?
I suppose I always wanted to be a storyteller, but I knew that I wanted to be an actor from the age of about seven. I coerced two members of my class at infant school into doing a play which I had rehearsed and played the lead in. I have a memory of it lasting half an hour and everybody being entranced. In reality it probably lasted five minutes and the three of us just about got through it. But I loved how a whole room of people could be gripped by the story and I wanted to do more and more of it. Words have always fascinated me and after many years of being fortunate enough to work on brilliant scripts, I wanted to see if I could put words to paper that would also engage people. That would keep them on their sun lounger, or make them stay up for another half an hour at night reading my stories

5. If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Tall, Yorkshire, fun.

6. What is your most unusual writing quirk?
My typing is really bad. As anybody who has had a text or an email from me will know it will be full of errors.  If I have to type for too long I get bored, which really used to stop me writing. A long time ago I read about how Barbara Cartland would lie on a chaise longue in the afternoon and closed her eyes and dictate stories to a secretary. I couldn’t afford a secretary, or even a chaise longue, but the world of voice-activated software was a magical gift. In lockdown in particular, it’s been wonderful to go on a long walk and speak out loud the next section of the story into my Dictaphone. I then use software that transcribes what I have spoken, and then next day I will read it through (it’s not perfect) and use that as the basis of the next chapter that I want to work on. Telling stories is something that is a basic skill for an actor, so to talk the story first is a great luxury. Of course, some afternoons as I walk, I talk a load of balls and the delete key is much in evidence the following morning.

7. What’s one movie you like recommending to others?
It’s one that is great fun called “Theatre of blood”.  It’s from 1972 and it stars Vincent Price and Diana Rigg is an old Shakespearean actor and his daughter who is denied an award and takes his revenge on the members of the critics Circle. They all die in fabulously outrageous Shakespearean deaths. The film is packed with famous faces playing the critics and the police and its tongue is so far in its cheek, it must have had toothache. As a schoolboy I was lucky enough to interview Diana Rigg shortly after she’d shot it and she made it sound the most wonderful fun. I’m sad enough to say that I’ve probably seen it about 20 times

8. Have you ever met anyone famous?
Fame is very relative. I know nothing about football and once I was directing a show which featured David Platt and David Beckham. I had to say hello to them and then I uttered the immortal line “Which David is which? There are some people who still make me starstruck. I was lucky enough to work with Judi Dench in the 1980s and she has become a great friend, and an actor I shared a dressing room with for 10 months in repertory in York way back in the 1970s is now one of the world’s biggest film stars. Gary Oldman. I’m not famous as such, but when something’s been on the telly that you’ve been in and you’ve invaded people’s living rooms the previous evening, you can attract a certain amount of attention the next day. I was once stood on a station platform signing an autograph and doing a selfie for someone who had very kindly watched something I’ve been in. A youth yelled across from the opposite platform “Oi, are you fucking famous then?”. It had been a long day and I responded “Obviously not, as you have to fucking ask”

9. What is your favorite genre to read?I love mystery and crime and thrillers. I read far too many of them. I’m not massively keen on anything set in America although recently that has changed a little and I suppose my favourite setting would be something Victorian or Gothic. “The Quincunx”  by Charles Palliser and “The Meaning of Night.” By Michael Cox  I’ve read most of Ruth Rendell several times and these days I’m very happy to slip into bed with a new hot Ragnar Jonasson.

Author Bio
Clayton is an actor best known for his appearances as Ian Chapman in five series of the awardwinning Channel 4 comedy Peep Show and as Graham in two series of the BAFTA winning comedy Him and Her. Other credits include Coronation Street, Hollyoaks and Holby City as well as This is Alan Partridge, Doctor Who, The Crown, Vera, Wolf. He is a former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

His previous books are So You Want To Be A Corporate Actor? and The Working Actor and he is a regular columnist in The Stage.
He is a proud patron of Grimm and Co, the children’s literacy charity, based in his home town of Rotherham.

Social Media Links –  Claytoncast (Twitter) Claytoncastgram

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