Saturday, October 1, 2011

Interview with Lord David Prosser. Author of The Queen's Envoy (The Barsetshire Diaries)

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A delightful read, October 4, 2011
By Patti Roberts (Cairns, Australia)
This review is from: The Queen's Envoy (The Barsetshire Diaries) (Kindle Edition)
Not a book that I would usually read - but I'm glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The "Cats Whiskers" - Oscar's that is. British sense of humor through and through. Which is to be expected since it is Written by an English Gentleman and a Lord at that. I loved Lady J's straight forward attitude and Oscar's lofty Devil may care attitude. You know who runs this household! :)

Where were you born and where do you call home?
I was born on a British Forces base In Germany and my home is in Wales along with my heart and all the other bits and pieces of me.  

What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?
More Barsetshire Diary is the latest. A look at the continuing life of a member of the British Gentry keeping a tenuous hold on reality while his cat rules his life first and wife second.  29 words...will that do?.

If you gave some of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves, what would they say?
My lawyer will call your lawyer!

Do you have plans for a new book?   Is this book part of a series?
The new book will be part of the series The Barsetshire Diaries and is a sequel to the second book which introduces my occupation after receiving my Title. The second book is The Queen's Envoy, this one may be imagintively called More Queen's Envoy.

What or who inspired you to write?  And how long have you been writing?
I've been a great reader all my life and like most people have probably started a best seller that never got finished. I actually started writing about age 2 but my parents took the crayons away and moved me away from the wall. I only found them again this year ( aged 60)
and decided to give it another go.

Would you like to giveaway a copy of your book on this blog?
Explain the word 'Like'. Yes, I'll happily give one away (just so I can say I have a reader.)

How did you come up with the title and cover design?
The title for The Queen's Envoy was thunk out by me as it was the job the character in the book has (ME !!) The cover design may have been a mistake as it was mine when playing about with some clipart discs. The first cover was professionaly done and the third was done by a talented young illustrator Sara Japanwalla. 

Have you based any of your characters on someone you know, or real events in your own life?
Both. But I'll deny it to the lawyers. 

What books have most influenced your writing most and why?
Probably P.G.Wodehouse for the style of writing and because he was able to write without sex, violence and bad language. I wanted to make my book available for all age groups though there is innuendo sometimes. 

Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
I'm sorry never to have met Edith Pargetter whose Brother Cadfael books were good but whose books on the Brothers of Gwynedd were GREAT. From today I'd like to meet someone like Harlen Coben who's books I hate to miss, Terry Pratchett who's humour is fantastic or maybe Sue Grafton.

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?
paperbacks or hardcover for me as I like to have something in my hands when I read.

Where do you prefer to buy your books?
Anywhere I can find the ones I want from E.Bay to Superstores.

Are you a self published (Indie) Author?
Indie as I haven't enough time to wait for agents and publishers to make up their minds ( But don't let me stop you beating my door down guys, and that includes producers too)

Have you ever read a book more than once?
Yes, I regularly reread favourites.

Is there a particular movie that you preferred over the book version?
The LOTR films brought the books to life better than I could have imagined.

What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?
Empire of Silver by Conn Iggulden in paperback.

What book do you know that you will never read?
The Silmarillion. I just couldn't get my head round it.

Is there anything you would change in your last book and why?
I should have brought the story of Dreaded Edna's attempt to become a Councillor to an end in case I don't go for a sequel to it.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
If you honestly think you have a story in you, write it. Then lat someone read it like an editor who can tell you whether it's worth tidying up  and pursuing. 

What is the best advice that you have ever been given when it comes to writing?
Write some more! Only because it's proved to be great therapy and cheaper than a therapist.

Do you write under a pen name?
Not so far but who knows what the future holds if I decide to try a different genre.

Do you ever write in your PJ’s?
Yes but it's a begger trying to get the ink out.

What are your pet peeves?
People who rely on bad language to sensationalise a book. People with no manners and the latest craze of wearing jeans so low that I can view the bum crack.....not a pretty sight.

Cats or dogs?
Like dogs but a cat has me.

White wine or red?
Sorry, don't drink these days.

Coffee or tea?
Prefer tea but too lazy to make a pot for one so drink coffee instead mostly.

Favorite food?
Titterton's Pork Pies !! No sponsorship honestly. I like plain homecooked meals like bangers and mash.

Vanilla or chocolate icecream?
An orange juice lolly.

What do you normally eat for breakfast?
I have cereal when I'm watched but crumpets with jam if I'm not. ( Diabetic).

What are 4 things you never leave home without?
Keys, cash, glasses and crutches ( without which I'd fall over).

Laptop or desktop for writing?
Paper first then onto desktop.

Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?
In a morning when there are no distractions or in bed at night for the same reason.

If you were deserted on an island, who are 3 famous people you would want with you?
Stephen Fry to entertain, Delia Smith to cook and Lady J to tuck me in at night.

One of your favorite quotes -
All the world's queer save thee and me, and even thee's a little queer.  

List 3 of your all time favorite movies?
The Lion in Winter, On Golden Pond, Guess who's coming to dinner.

An actress you have a crush on -
Find a common thread in the last question. ( and perhaps Sandra Bullock). 

What is a movie or TV show that you watched recently and really enjoyed?
I adore The Big Bang Theory.

Patti Says:  Me Too!

Where can your readers stalk you?

My facebook page: Author Lord David Prosser   ordinary page David Michael Prosser
Twitter: @Davidmfprosser

Is your book in Print, ebook or both? This book is in both formats as is the first book but as yet book 3 is paperback only.

David Prosser born 1951 worked for many years as a Local Government Officer before taking early retirement due to health problems.
Finding it difficult to talk to people as a result of the illness he found himself in the situation of being housebound most of the time.In an effort to prove to himself he still had a value he started The Buthidars which is an all denomination, all colour,all creed group determined to better the world by Hugging.There is a site dedicated to this that welcomes all people who feel the World is better by forgetting our differences whilst celebrating the individuality of all peoples.
The next step was to remind the world of Edwardian style and beg the designers to recreate it in exchange for clothing that displays too much of next weeks washing.Let's dress with some dignity !
Often heard are the words, life begins at 40. David is trying to show that life can get a… Read more

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview with me David, it has been A pleasure, and allowing us a glimpse into your writing word.  I hope you share this interview with your friends so we can all get to know you a little better.  Patti


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