Tis Thursday, tis 9.30am (ish) and it’s time once again for the Thursday Throng. This week I have not one author to chat with but four. The ForePlayers collaborated on a book by writing 600 words each in turn until it was completed. The only rule they had was that the previous 600 words couldn’t be deleted. All four are from different parts of the world and in some cases have never even met each other. The book is called Beating about the Bush and yes, you can read into that what you like ;-). They are also giving away a SIGNED COPY of the book to one lucky commenter, so get those comments coming and be in with a chance to read the ‘next big thing’.
The authors in question are Luscious Lorraine, Sultry Shelley, Tantalising Theo and Juicy
Well, I don’t normally offer to do a review of erotica or horror books but when I was contacted about Beating about the Bush and told that it was a light hearted romp taking a swipe at 50 Shades of Grey (which I haven’t yet read), I thought I had to put my preferences to one side and give it a go. I’m so glad I did. It had me fascinated (do people really do that!) and laughing all at the same time. It reminded me, in the best possible way, of Carry on Up the Jungle, where Tarzan meets Jane and Jane, naturally takes the upper hand. That fact that four writers could produce something so slick by writing in the round is a testament to their ability as authors and I’m in awe of the talent that they demonstrated. A fab, fun, frivolous and libidinous read, it might just tempt me to read more of this tongue in cheek ‘corn porn’.
What is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?
Sultry Shelley – I am actually a middle-aged grandma, with – shock horror – grey beginning to grow into my carefully coloured hair.
Luscious Lorraine -That despite traveling in almost forty countries, I’m always petrified to leave home.
Juicy -Well, since I am anonymous, they would not know my name.
What did the best review you ever had say about you and your work?
Shelly – An editor once said my piece ‘was refreshing, exciting and FUN!’ and that she wished she could publish it immediately instead of having to schedule it for 3 months ahead.
Lorraine – An editor once said, “We asked for Mozart. You sent JAZZ!” Uh-oh, I thought. “We love it!” Phew…I thought.
Juicy – “Is this original?”
Theo – “Bollocks!” No, that’s not what they said, it’s what I say about reviews! Anyway, aren’t bad reviews great for sales?
What did the worst review you ever had say about you and your work?
Lorraine – You think I’d commit that to memory? Pah! They were obviously idiots.
Juicy – “Is this original?”
Are the names of your characters important to you?
Shelley – No.
Lorraine – Of course!!!!! A name is everything.
Juicy – So important that if I am using a real person as my ‘template’ for a character, and that real person would not want their name used, I must write the piece with the real person’s name and then ‘find and replace’ the name in the final draft. Even then, I am quite thoughtful on the replacement name, which must also fit the character.
Theo – Our George could never be called anything but George! Sigh, the man of my dreams… or is that nightmare?
How did you choose a title for your book?
Shelley – A fitting pun, I thought.
Lorraine – It was actually my ex-husband’s idea. He came up with the title while we were sitting on the veranda overlooking the Nairobi Game Park in Kenya. (Not that I’m name-dropping or anything…) Funnily enough to this day, and despite an enduring friendship, he’s never read Beating about the Bush. Is it possible if he had, we would’ve stayed together? Or would the end have come quicker…?
Are there any occupational hazards to being an author?
Shelley – Writers cramp has become writers neck/shoulder/head ache. Also, you never think your stuff is any good and that family and friends who enjoy it are ‘just saying that’ cos they love you.
Lorraine – Wow, something where Sultry Shelley and I agree!
Juicy – Being caught watching people you don’t know do stuff.
Theo – You mean Sultry and Luscious, you let people read what you’ve written? Ye gads…
Have you ever wished that you could be or do anything else instead of writing, and if so what?
Shelley – No – other way round. When I do anything else for a living, I wish I was writing. Well.
Lorraine – I got into documentary photography because my list was so long. I became a voyeur to other’s lives instead.
Juicy – Act.
Theo – Take care of furry babies in between drinking copious amount of G&T’s.
Do you think there is any elitism attached to the different genres of books, both in the fiction and non-fiction worlds?
Shelley – Yes! I think there is a minefield of literary snobbery and adult humour is at the bottom of the ladder (as are mixed metaphors)
Juicy – I think that there is judgement, and likely elitism, in any category of work or life.
Have you ever written naked?
Shelley – NO!
Lorraine – You mean there are people who write with clothes on?
Juicy – Not until Beating about the Bush. Then I would start clothed and become naked. Research.
Theo – Juicy, that’s disgusting! I don’t want to know what other research you did for our book!
Who would you like to play you in a film of your life?
Shelley – Sandra Bullock. She does comedy well. And she is a jolly nice looking lady too!
Lorraine – I’ve been told I look like Jane Seymour (people can be so kind). That would work for me. And maybe Meryl Streep for when I’m older? For the younger me, let me think… how big is this budget?
Juicy – Katherine Hepburn. I know she is dead. Doesn’t matter.
Theo – Someone utterly glamorous and preferably still alive!
What is the single biggest challenge you faced when writing your book?
Shelley – Keeping the standard up to those of my co-authors. They were quality and I had to work hard to keep up.
Lorraine – Biting my tongue when Sultry Shelley introduced the rape scene. And the murder scene. And the…
Juicy – Accounting for my time since no one knew what I was doing.
Do you have any hints or tips for aspiring writers?
Shelley – In the words of the goddess Nike: Just do it!
Juicy – Writers write.
Theo – Drink. Lots.
How do you remain sane while working?
Shelley – La la la
Lorraine – Writing IS sanity!
Juicy – Amen Luscious.
What is the best excuse you have ever come up with for missing a deadline?
Shelley – I don’t. Don’t understand the concept.
Juicy – I have no excuse for missing this deadline.
Theo – We had a deadline?
What has been the best experience you have ever had in your life?
Lorraine – Traveling with my two ex-street dogs through eighteen countries.
Juicy – Regaining health.
Theo – I’m supposed to write ‘getting married’ right?
Are you jealous of other writers?
Lorraine – Only the ones who’ve clinched the money/connection deal.
Shelley – Yes, totally! Especially if they are a) talented and b) successful
Juicy – No.
Theo – Wow, there are writers who make money?
Where do you find your inspiration?
Lorraine – Inspiration is literally all around you. And sometimes the tiniest event, can be the most interesting writing.
Juicy – When I write.
What was the most important thing you learned at school?
Shelley – That I hated school
Lorraine – To do as little as possible and get out as soon as possible.
Juicy – How to do research, solve problems, diagram a sentence, type.
Theo – Kiss. And not to tell.
Have you had to learn new skills and tricks or attempted impossible feats in order to get a book finished?
Shelley – You mean like firing ping pong balls out of my vagina whilst dancing on a table? No, I haven’t.
Lorraine – You mean, Sultry Shelley, that you already had that skill?
Juicy – OMG Lushious, haven’t you seen Sultry Does Patpong? It’s just come out in HD.
Theo – You laydies are disgusting…
What is the strangest thing you have ever had to do to promote a book?
Juicy – Be anonymous.
What is the book that you wished you had written?
Shelley – At the moment, 50 Shades of Grey.
Juicy – Amen Sultry.
Do you have any favourite resources you would like to share with our readers?
Juicy – The Thesaurus in WORD.
What is your favourite TV moment of all time?
Lorraine – Haven’t owned a tv in twenty years.
Juicy – Being on the Today show.
Tea, Coffee, Water, Juice, Wine or Beer … which do you prefer when writing?
Shelley – COFFEE PLEASE!
Lorraine – A thermos of TEA
Juicy – Coffee, dark roast, black.
Theo – Tusker beer, before moving on to G&T’s.
Are there any habits you wish you didn’t have?
Shelley – Habit or talent? What would you call procrastination?
Lorraine – Sultry, procrastination is when we’re not quite ready to do something!
Juicy – I will answer this later.
If you could commit the perfect murder where would you hide the body?
Shelley – I would burn it, of course!
Lorraine – Cut it up and feed it to my dogs?
Juicy – Boy, am I glad we live on different continents.
Where can I find ‘The Foreplayers’ online and buy the book?
You can find out more about the book at: beatingaboutthebush.com. If you would like to grab your own copy of Beating about the Bush, then you can leave a comment below to enter into the giveaway for a FREE copy. Alternatively, you can find it on Amazon in the UK and in the US.
Why ‘The Thursday Throng’?
These posts are called The Thursday Throng in honour of the throng that waits eagerly outside the book store when a new author is doing a book signing event or appearance. On this website it takes the form of a ‘Meet the Author‘ online event with some information about our author’s latest book and an interview. If you would like to take part in the Thursday Throng then why not visit Thursday Throng Author Interview Guidelines to find out more.
If you would like to see all the Authors who have been featured on The Thursday Throng you can click here: womanontheedgeofreality.com/2012/06/17/the-thursday-throng/