Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Perils of Growing Up Werewolf by Andrew Buckley Giveaway & Interview

The Perils of Growing Up Werewolf (Hair in all the Wrong Places #2)
by Andrew Buckley
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Publisher: Tantrum Books

Being a werewolf is no picnic. Colin’s constantly hungry, spends a ton of time shaving, and fights to keep his emotions in check to avoid turning into a giant, drooling, hairy, smelly, howling wolf. But Colin's not the only creature hanging around the town of Elkwood. Vampires, zombies, goblins, ogres, and other questionable visitors and their various shenanigans have got everyone on edge.

Colin just wants to live a normal life, date, and get his homework done on time. But the town of Elkwood needs him. So when a secret government organization asks for his help, will he be able to control the animal inside, or will he give in to the perils of growing up werewolf?



Andrew Buckley attended the Vancouver Film School’s Writing for Film and Television program. After pitching and developing several screenplay projects for film and television, he worked in marketing and public relations, before becoming a professional copy and content writer. During this time Andrew began writing his first adult novel, DEATH, THE DEVIL AND THE GOLDFISH, followed closely by his second novel, STILTSKIN. He works as an editor for Curiosity Quills Press.
Andrew also co-hosts a geek movie podcast, is working on his next novel, and has a stunning amount of other ideas. He now lives happily in the Okanagan Valley, BC with three kids, one cat, one needy dog, one beautiful wife, and a multitude of characters that live comfortably inside of his mind.
Andrew is represented by Mark Gottlieb at the Trident Media Group.

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1.       When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I enjoyed writing from a young age. As an only child I was quite imaginative. I was that weird kid with the imaginary friends who played make believe in the playground. I think it was around the 30th time that I’d re-enacted the sword fight on the cliff from The Princess Bride that I’d decided I might enjoy making up my own stories.

2.       How long does it take you to write a book?
My first book took six long years to write. I didn’t have much of a process, just a series of ideas that sort of connected together. My last two books took only 6 months to write, and that’s around a family, work, and kids extra-curricular stuff :)

3.       What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
I tend to write mostly at night when the kids are in bed. It’s a rare thing to be able to write during the day and I’ve become accustomed to being creative at night. It’s the werewolf in me.

4.       What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
It’s probably the same as most other writers in that procrastination is a constant imp sitting on my shoulder. Aside from that I have a habit of writing in complete chapters as much as possible. Maybe it’s a touch of OCD, but I hate leaving chapters unfinished.

5.       How do books get published?
It’s something to do with magic and fairies, something needs to be sacrificed at some point, it helps to have an old priest on hand.

6.       Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
A number of my stories have been the result of my love of fairy tales, myths, and legends. I grew up in the UK and have always enjoyed old stories. I usually find story ideas in the spaces in between other ideas, or by taking something completely normal and flipping it over and taking a look from a different perspective. For example, I have a WIP that’s been sitting on my shelf for a while that’s the hilarious tale of Jack the Ripper – Monster Hunter.

7.       When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I completed my first novel when I was in my mid twenties, I’m guessing around 2006.

8.       What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I love to read, watch movies, and I watch entirely too much TV. I used to be an avid gamer, but I find that whenever I try to play games these days I feel guilty that I should actually be writing.

9.       What does your family think of your writing?
They’re very supportive and always have been. I’m a lucky guy! :)

10.   What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I always thought I’d be stuck in a single genre, because I really thought if you’re an author that’s what you were supposed to do. What I learned was that you don’t have to limit yourself to a single genre, that you can expand out, and that kind of diversity is actually quite educational and useful.

11.   How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I’ve published five novels to date with the sixth scheduled for release in Fall 2018. I used to say my first book ‘Death, the Devil, and the Goldfish’ was my favorite as it was somewhat of a homage to Douglas Adams. However, since creating the ‘Hair in All the Wrong Places’ series, I’ve fallen in love with those books and characters. Writing the second and third novels was like slipping on a comfy pair of pants.

12.   Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
The best advice I can give is to write and read as much as possible. The more you practice your craft, the better you’ll get at it. Perseverance is key in this industry, the harder you work, the more you dedicate yourself, the more you’ll get out of it.

13.   Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I have readers contact me on Instagram and Facebook. I often get questions about the books and the characters I write. A couple of common questions include “When will you write a sequel to Death, the Devil, and the Goldfish?’ and ‘Who or what is Jeremy?’ (in ‘Hair in All the Wrong Places’). I also get asked to read other people’s work a lot which is something I’d love to do, it’s just a matter of finding the time.

14.   Do you like to create books for adults?
I really do enjoy writing for an adult audience because you can take more risks. Writing for middle grade and young adult audiences means having to be very careful with language and adult themes. However, writing for younger audiences is also a lot of fun as they really get into the stories and the characters.

15.   What do you think makes a good story?
Strong plot, interesting characters, and it helps if there’s a goat somewhere in the story (that’s really just a personal preference though)

16.   As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I went through a lot of career options including a window cleaner (until I realized I was afraid of heights), a doctor (until I discovered the sight of blood makes me pass out), and I briefly considered a life of piracy on the high seas. I thought about being a journalist for a while but quickly learned I enjoyed making up my own stories far more than chronicling reality.

17.   What Would you like my readers to know?

There’s nothing more important to an author than people reading and reviewing their work. Whether you’re reading my books, or someone else’s, if you enjoy the book, please be sure to leave a review, even if it’s just a short one on your Facebook page or Twitter. 

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