Today is my stop on the Charlestown to Charlestown and Beyondblog tour and I am here today with an interview with the author!
Title: Charlestown to Charlestown and Beyond Author: Michael Nolan Publisher: Clink Street Publishing Published: 16th June 2020 Format: Paperback Source:: N/A Add It:Amazon. Goodreads. Summary: Mike Nolan grew up in the deprivation of post- war Britain. As a young man he had a dream that somehow became a reality; to live his life on the high seas to indulge his passion for all things nautical. Eclectic employment as a musician, a hod carier, butler and boatbuilder meant that Nolan’s life never confirmed to a nine to five existence. All the while the call of the sea, like a siren, was impossible to resist. His life as a sailor, fulfilled his wildest dreams but saw him hit by a series of catastrophes, including hurricanes and a violent shipwreck. On a more positive note, he did at least manage to save both his wife and her cat! This is a rags to riches story with a sharp sting in its tale.
Why did you write this book? I wrote this book to give my immediate, and extended family the opportunity to take an inside look at the some of the hectic situations that we had experienced,some of them quite amusing, and others down right terrifying so they could have the chance to make their own minds up,and to help them understand how,and why we lived the lifestyle that we did.
What was your favourite part of writing this book? Actually trying to recall in great detail the sequence of events that led up to us bringing the dream into fruition. For better or worse we then had to pore over every detail,and then had to relive the entire harrowing experience in order to capture the feelings of utter despair when we suddenly realised that the dream had indeed turned into a nightmare.
What is your favourite drink to consume while writing? A very large shot of Mount gay Rum mixed with full fat coke,over crushed ice with a large wedge of fresh lime,and a liberal sprinkling of grated nutmeg eyes tightly shut,this sundowner transported me back to many very memorable Caribbean sunsets. This is where the vivid imagination comes in handy,regrettably, my sundowner normally came in a tea cup,with a couple of custard creams
Do you have any bad habits while you’re writing? Yes, lots of them, that is why I am grateful for the service of the editing team.
How would you entice people to read your book? Hopefully potential readers would like the cover, then I would offer them to have a look at the first three chapters and hope that it would entice them to want to read more.
Do you think you’ll write any other books? That will be no.
If you could live in any fictional world, which would you choose and why? I would love to inhabit the fictional world of Robert Louis Stevenson. To live in a world when piracy was a way of life, it would be absolutely amazing.
If you could befriend any fictional character, who would you choose and why? King Arthur, that could have been my other calling,to be a knight of the Round Table taking part in jousting tournaments,slaying the odd dragon or two, and rescuing the occasional damsel in distress.
All of this covered with a sprinkling of magic from Merlin,that may enable me to find the Holy Grail.