Sunday, November 22, 2020

Beware of Falling Coconuts by Gillian McNeill - Book Tour

Beware of Falling Coconuts by Gillian McNeil @GillyMcneill  @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours 

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Author Interview
1.       What would you consider to be your Kryptonite as an author?

Indecision and self doubt.

2.       If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Let your words flow freely. Shut down the inner critic which stifles creativity.

3.       What book do you feel is under-appreciated? How about overrated?
Mine 😂.   / 50 shades of grey

4.       Favorite childhood memory involving books?
Reading famous Five and feeling excited , frightened and totally absorbed in the adventure.

5.       If you could dine with any literary character, who would it be and why?
Elizabeth Bennett

6.     Did you want to be an author when you grew up?

7.       If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Honest , chatty and Menopausal,

8.       What is your most unusual writing quirk?
Write with a pen and paper. Not computer.

9.   What’s one movie you like recommending to others?
Anything with Bette Davis.

10.   If you could own any animal as a pet, what would it be?
Obviously my poodle Maggie.

Would also like a Shetland pony and an orangutan.

11.   Have you ever met anyone famous?
Was at drama school with Alan Cumming, Bobby Carlisle and David Tennant.

Proudest moment working with the Krankies!!!


12.       What is the first book that made you cry?
All the Disney stories in one heartbreaking manual.


13.       How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
Too long !!!

14.       How do you select the names of your characters?
I see a picture of them in my head and try and find a name to suit.

15.       What creature do you consider your "spirit animal" to be?
A swan

16. What are your top 5 favorite movies?
The Godfather, Grease, The Notebook, Whatever happened to Baby Jane,  Goldie Hawn in anything.

17.       If you were the last person on Earth, what would you do?
Light a fire pour a wine and escape into an exciting book.


18.       What fictional character would you want to be friends with in real life?
Patsy stone

19.       Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Don’t overthink it. Just do it.

20. Tell us 10 fun facts about yourself!
Still got my security blanket

Swallowed a Kirby age 5 and it stuck in my ribs.

Got one boob.

Olivia Newton John said hi to me !

A pantyliner fell out of my face mask during a funeral.

I used to do pointe work in clogs

Princess Anne stopped to pat my pony and speak to me.

I am useless with computers and social media

My poor wee hamster exploded in the oven.

Had a house rabbit called Mabel who loved naan bread.

21. If you could live in any time period, what would it be and why?

Post covid when we are free to travel and live life to the full

22. What is your favorite genre to read


Author Bio

Gillian was born and brought up in Monifieth. After graduating from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Gillian worked as an actress in theatre, radio and television. She is probably best known for playing the character of Lynne McNeil, in the long running soap opera Take the High Road, for Scottish Television.

After living in London, and then Australia for several years, she returned to Glasgow where she currently lives with her husband Alan, daughter Molly and Toy Poodle Maggie.

Gillian began writing and performing shows for children when Molly started school. These proved to be very popular amongst the early years audiences and gave her a taste for writing and creating her own work.


After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, and successfully treated, she wanted to do something to help others. Having previously lost her own mother, mother in law, auntie and friend to the disease, she understood only too well, the fear receiving a cancer diagnosis brought. 

“I didn't want Molly growing up scared. I wanted to give her a positive message. If I could laugh it allowed her and others to laugh with me. After all I had the easy job, I just had to take the drugs and stay positive, it was far tougher for Alan and Molly. When I started writing Beware of Falling Coconuts, I was terrified. I didn't want to revisit that place in my head. I was scared to go back….I wasn't sure if it was a play, a book, or just a lot of nonsense. I wanted to do this not just for Molly, but for all the brave women and men who hadn't been as lucky as me.”

Gillian was inspired by the courage of people she met, who showed her that there was humour to be found even in the most bizarre situations. From losing her hair to losing her memory, there was one clear message: 

“I lost my boob not my sense of humour.”

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