“The Almost English Dictionaarony” by Aaron David is a selection of eight intriguing and very funny shorts.
The author has a very quirky and unique sense of humour that he has already proven in a full length novel, The Tale of the Ancient Marina.
In this book he explores some obscure but clever ideas, such as space travel gone wrong, acting ambitions pushed to the limit, monkey vertigo and a set of hilarious made up biographies. Some stories are actually quite meaning- and thoughtful and show the author’s ability to serious reflection but the main purpose of the collection is valued entertainment.
Short, concise and very enjoyable.
The Book is FREE 28 -30 Nov 2013
Interview with Aaron David:
Tell us a little about yourself as a writer and a person.
OK try to stay awake; I’m 48 years old, married 28 years, three kids; 20, 18 and 16 (unusual names). I’m a tradesman running a 24 hour call-out service. I live in Bolton in the north west of England.
In 1997 we were awaiting the imminent arrival of our third baby in four years. My wife worked strange shifts so I based my work around hers. Thankfully this meant we never had to rely on anyone else for childcare; the kids were always with one or both of us. Anyone who’s been through the whole “baby thing” will know you spend a lot of time waiting; for them to wake up, for them to be hungry etc. I thought I could use this time productively so embarked on writing a novel. Sure enough, a mere ten years later it was finished! The rest is geography… Physics… Double-French… History.
Have you always written? Was it always going to be comedy?
I always wanted to write, I was the class clown at school then later at work and in the pub. It HAD to be a comedy. I was genuinely shocked when my readers told me it was a thriller.
Can you be serious?
I can but prefer not to.
What was the easiest about writing the book and what was the hardest?
I found it easy because it was enjoyable. When you write you discover what your opinions are. I didn’t treat it as a job; didn’t sit down to write eight hours per day. I’d write when I felt inspired then stop when I wasn’t. I would go months between writing bits. I think over all the book benefitted from that.
Would you say there is a message in the book?
Do you find it is well received and picked up by the reviewers?
So far (touch wood) I’ve only had positive reviews. The only criticism was that it’s too short; which is kind of a compliment. Means the reader wanted more.
What do you like most about your characters?
They’re all fictional but could be real. None of them are based on real people except Mike, Ken, Clare & Judith. If I’d ‘nicked’ real peoples’ personalities I’d feel I owed them something.
Which one is your favourite?
I have a very soft spot for Nobby; In the face of adversity (being incredibly thick) he muddles through life somehow.
Are you like any of them?
Ken is an idealised version of the older me, Mike is an un-idealised version of me in my twenties
Who would play the characters in a film?
Steve Coogan would be a brilliant Tony, Peter Kaye could play Nobby better than he’s written.
What are your next projects?
The Almost English Dictionaarony; a collection of short stories is available on Amazon now. I’m running a free promo’ 28 – 30 November.
What is your life like?
What do you do for pleasure and work when you are not writing?
My work and family keep me busy, writing is my only ‘hobby’.
Who are your literary influences?
My readers would be the best judges of that. Several reviews have mentioned Tom Sharpe. I’ve never read any of his work but must get around to it some time.
What are your favourite books/ films/ albums?
I don’t get nearly enough time to read. I’ve re-read the Red Dwarf novels several times, heartily recommend them (except the third one; “Backwards”; not rubbish but not as good as the other three). “A Matter of Life and Death”, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, “Toy Story 1, 2 and 3”, “Aliens”, “Terminator 2”, “In the Line of Fire”… I could go on for weeks. The best album ever is “Bat Out of Hell” by a loooooooooong way. The two ‘sequels’ were AWFUL!!!
What are your views on independent publishing?
Very hard work and very time-consuming but ideal for control-freaks like me.
Can you recommend any indie books/ authors?
Your good self obviously, Ian Hutson, Tony Gilbert, loads of others
What would your friends tell us if we asked for your best and your oddest qualities?
What are your favourite animal/ colour/ outdoor activity?
Dog, black, playing football/ tennis/ badminton on a warm beach with my wife and kids + girlfriends/boyfriends.
What would you take to a remote island?
A boat and a map to get back home.
What are you writing at the moment and where would we find out about your next projects?
The sequel to “Marina”; “All the Loft Insulation you can Eat” is an ongoing project. I write short stories when an idea hits me.
What else would you like us to know about you and your books?
They’re brilliant and worth every penny. J
Thank you so much, truly an honour and a privilege. As you know I’m a big fan of your work.
The Tale of the Ancient Marina on Amazon: http://bookShow.me/B004C05C98
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