This week, I’ve got romantic comedy writer Russ King visiting the blog to tell us about his Inheritance Books.
Hi Russ. Welcome to my blog. Tell me a bit about yourself.
At the moment I am a stay at home dad mixing parenthood with writing, self-publishing and going quietly mad. Before taking this foolhardy step I was working as a freelance writer and creating social networks and online quizzes.
Of all these the parenting is definitely the most difficult! We have a five year old boy and a three year old girl. If anyone knows if there is a mute button (for my daughter) or a way of stopping the “Why does…?” questions (my son) please let me know!
My latest novel Working from Home: Mixing Business with Pleasure? is a romantic comedy set in business networking circles so it is partly set on Facebook and partly in real life. It’s unlike most rom coms as it also provides a realistic insight into starting your own business and working from home. However, it’s mainly about the comedy with most reviewers admitting to laughing out loud while reading it.
You can’t keep an entrepreneur quiet; even when he has to wipe bums and argue over who is the pink Power Ranger, (my daughter always wins – apparently Daddy can’t be a pink Power Ranger) I’m joining in a pilot of a new publishing web site Libboo.com where readers can find their ideal books and earn free books by promoting their favourite authors. It’s amazing what you can get involved in from home. The Internet is a wonderful tool.
I know exactly what you mean. I have a five year old who seems to talk every waking minute. I swear she falls asleep still talking. Back to the questions – Which book have you inherited from the generation above? Why is it special?
A very hard question as my mum is an avid reader and instilled the habit in us from an early age. I remember her reading the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy to us over one summer holiday! However, I’m going to choose My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell. His sense of astonishment and wonder at the natural world is so beautifully written and the antics of his deliciously eccentric friends and relatives are told with perfect comic timing. I was animal mad as a child and went on to do a Zoology degree but Durrell’s insight into everything around him has had a big influence on my writing style.
Which book would you like to leave to future generations and why?
Part of the writer snob inside me wants to choose Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez as it is such a beautiful book but it’s not for everyone so I’m going for my other favourite writer Roald Dahl. I think every child should read Charlie and Chocolate Factory. No-one does a healthy dose of mischief as well as Dahl and his fascination in the delights of chocolates and sweets (fuelled in real life by being a taster for a chocolate company while at school) makes both adults and children drool. It’s a book to make children excited about reading and to remind adults that they don’t have to be boring grown ups all the time.
Great choices. I’m a big fan of Roald Dahl (and an even bigger fan of Quentin Blake). Thank you for sharing your favourite books with us Russ. If someone does tell you where to find that mute button (or, in fact, the answer to all the ‘Why’ questions, please let me know!
Russ can be found admitting his parenting shortcomings on Twitter @RussWrites. His latest book Working from Home: Mixing business with pleasure is for sale everywhere that sells ebooks, but why not check it out on Libboo and earn some free books?