Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Cold by Jim Pearce - Book Tour

Book Blurb

The near future is a world in which scientists and their AI got it wrong.

Rising temperatures have caused fires that burned landmasses, and the ash from these fires block out the sun. The resulting cold is extreme, like a nuclear winter, and was a mass extinction event for human beings the world over. Electricity grids, communications and services all failed. Societies collapsed. Humanity is reduced to small groups of survivors, scraping by however they can.

Resources are scarce, and bands of survivors resort to violence to obtain enough food and fuel to survive.

A man and his family group have survived the cruel winter by hiding in a house in Surrey, but when a roaming gang starts to ravage the area, they are forced to run. As they flee to safety, the cohesion and tolerance that had kept them going for so long starts to fracture…

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Author Interview

1. What would you consider to be your Kryptonite as an author? Distractions. Could be noise, thirst, hunger or the dreaded electronics.

  1. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Be bolder on character development. Try to build deeper personalities. 

  1. What book do you feel is under-appreciated? How about overrated?

Enjoying David McCloskey ‘Damascus Station’ just now – very strong as a debut. Most overrated ‘The Catcher in the Rye’. I read it at school in English and it never grabbed me.

4. Favorite childhood memory involving books? Reading ‘The Machine Gunners’ by Robert Westall.  I was into military history and would dream of finding a downed German bomber as the kids did in the book.

5. If you could dine with any literary character, who would it be and why? Willy Wonka. I’ve a sweet tooth and I like adventurous puddings. I think he would invent some for us.

6. What fantastical fictional world would you want to live in (if any) given the chance? Narnia. I like animals and they often appear smarter than humans so it never seemed such a stretch. 

7. Did you want to be an author when you grew up? No, but something creative yes.

8. If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be? Loves to laugh.

9. What is your most unusual writing quirk? Like to write in pyjamas when I wake up.

10. What’s one movie you like recommending to others? Cinema Paradiso. Such a warm movie about growing up and friendship.

11. If you could own any animal as a pet, what would it be? Cat. Smart, clean and a little bit selfish.

12. What is the first book that made you cry? The Woodlanders by Hardy. It just puts a dark spin on everything – notably John South’s death. Cried with laughter during ‘This is going to hurt’ by Adam Kay.

13. How long, on average, does it take you to write a book? 6 months. Then 6 months to edit!

14. How do you select the names of your characters? I think of a name to associate with their traits. Normally based on acquaintances!

16. What are your top 5 favorite movies? The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. Cinema Paradiso. Gran Torino. Dune Part 1. Saving Private Ryan.

17. If you were the last person on Earth, what would you do? Build a rocket.

18. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers? Build a writing routine.

19. What book do you wish you had written? No Country for Old Men. Anton Chigurh is the ultimate bad guy. Beautifully brought to life by Javier Bardem in the movie.

20. What is your favorite genre to read? Historical thrillers.

21. When did you write your first book? I wrote first fiction in lockdown. Could not work or travel and was driving family mad!

21. What sparks your creativity/how do you get your ideas? Chatting with others and reflecting on the past’s links with the future.

22. What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Sailing. Walking. Playing with kids. Golf. Also doing my A-Z of parkruns.

23. What’s a typical writing day like for you? Wake up. Coffee. Write 500 words. Then work and do rest of day. Look forward to next writing shift the next morning!

24. Do you listen to music when writing? No. I like the silence for writing. 

25. If you could have a dinner party with 3 other authors, who would they be? Assuming I am allowed the departed – Cormac McCarthy. Ernest Hemingway. Jane Austen. Would love to chat with Hemingway about his short story Hills like White Elephants. I reckon that the analysis of this story must take up a 1000 times more pages than the story itself.

26. If you had to pick a celebrity to cast for your main character, who would it be? Bradley Cooper. Tough guy but I loved the chemistry with Lady Gaga in ‘A star is born’ and that he was bold enough to sing with her.

27. If you could travel anywhere in the world to write, where would you go? South of France staring at the sea.

28. Would you ever write under a pseudonym? No. Like being me.

29. How do you choose your book covers? I have an old friend Rob Hemsley who gets my writing and does my covers and drawings. I trust him. Thanks Rob!

30. What’s one thing you’d like to say to your readers? Please let me and others know what you think of the book.

 Author Bio  This is Jim Pearce’s debut novel, though he has written non-fiction before. He’s been an oil driller in Saudi and Venezuela and a geologist in a gold mine in Ghana. Now he helps energy clients try to be more sustainable. He enjoys writing first thing in the morning at home in Surrey or enjoying the views in the south of France. He likes to transport readers to unexpected places where survival is a challenge and friendships tend to triumph despite individuals’ flaws. He is married with three boys

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