BlogBlitz – ‘In The Wake Of Death’ by Billy McLaughlin (@bilbob20; @emmamitchellfpr)

Today I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog blitz for the release of In ‘The Wake of Death‘ by Bill McLaughlin.


The Official Book Blurb

Sometimes waking up is only the beginning…

He was left for dead on the side of the road. Now Marc Adams is awake and he can barely remember anything about his life before. All he knows is that his meddling sister has returned to his life, whilst his partner Joel is gone.

Marc is convinced that something has happened to Joel. Why won’t anybody believe him?
As he is pulled further into the pit of his subconscious, Marc begins to remember exactly what happened on the night of his accident.

Soon, he’ll be wishing he hadn’t woken up at all.

Billy has kindly taken time out to answer a few questions to help you get to know him a little better. Enjoy!

What is the first book you remember reading or having read to you?

The first book I ever read was The Wizard Of Oz.  I absolutely loved it.  So much so that when my own copy got lost, I made my own little book and drew some of the pictures from the film and re-told the story.  I think I was about eight at the time.  I probably enjoyed the drawing more than the writing back then.

Who is your favourite literary character?

Bobby Dodge from the Lisa Gardner books.  He’s a rough diamond, but I love his attitude and that he’s got a little bit of an edge to him.  It feels like he might not always stick within the confines of what’s right and what’s wrong and that makes him feel unpredictable.

Which book have you always meant to get around to reading, but still not read?

Moby Dick.  I would love to read this and have heard it’s one of the greatest books and yet, I still haven’t gotten around to reading it.

If you could only take one book with you on a desert island, which would it be?

This is a hard one.  Can I not just take my kindle instead.  That would be cheating, huh?  Okay, I think I would take Adrian Mole’s Cappuccino Years.  I get so much laughter out of that book and I read it again every couple of years.  I think you’d need laughter on a desert island.  Sunshine and sand isn’t enough.

What are you currently reading?

I have just finished reading Consequences by Sharon Brownlie.  I loved Betrayal.  I love that the main character Helen creates such a divide in readers.  Should we be cheering her on or demanding her arrest?  I know what the correct answer is, but I still found myself wavering on Helen’s side just a little too strongly.

Who would be at your dream dinner party (alive, dead or fictional)?

Freddie Mercury, Sinatra, some of the old time musical greats.  That would be a hoot to watch.  If I wanted more insight into my own writing, I’d maybe invite Flo from my own book.  People keep saying they want to know more about her.  That would be interesting.  She’d probably pinch my wallet.

What’s the best advice you have ever received?

To have self-belief and to stop doubting myself.  It’s so simple and obvious but I have to keep pushing it to the forefront of my mind all the time.

What’s the worst advice you have ever received?

To have a Halloween party last year.  That was carnage.

Who is your hero or heroine (real or fictional)?

My partner who is always supportive and who has come through so much and is still amazingly strong and supportive.

Where are you happiest?

When I have a full day off and don’t have to go to work, or DJ, or write, or go out.  Just Will, myself and Alfie-dog at home with no pressure to be anywhere.

Who would you like to star in the film of your life?

I’d like Gerard Butler but would probably end up with Matt Lucas.  Not that there’s anything wrong with Mr Lucas, he probably looks more like me.

Describe your best ever holiday.

A trip to Poland this year was probably the most moving trip I’ve taken.  We visited the Salt Mines and did a tour of Schindler’s Factory & Auschwitz.  You hear about how profoundly moving and heartbreaking it is, but even hearing about it doesn’t prepare you for how you feel when you get there and see some of what took place less than a hundred years ago.

If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do? (easy, tiger!)

Wow! That would be fantastic.  I’d just sit and people watch and listen in to all the conversations that people are normally self conscious about when they hear or see you listening in.

If I joined you on your perfect day, what would we be doing?

I’d do you a tour of Glasgow.  I’m not just saying this because I’m Glaswegian, okay so maybe I am, but it is a fantastic city.  We’d do the subcrawl, which is just a pubcrawl via the subway in the centre of Glasgow.  Maybe visit a couple of the museums and galleries, and then we could have dinner at my favourite restaurant which is Cossachok, a little Russian café / gallery on King Street in the centre of Glasgow.

What do you think is the best thing about social media?

I’m from a huge family.  Sometimes it’s nice just to see that they’re doing good and that they’re safe and happy without having to pick up the phone and go around them all.  Also, it’s been a great platform for me to promote on and to meet other people who are so generous with advice and support.

And the worst…?!

Keyboard warriors.  People who are nasty to others and then tell them to get a life because its only words on a computer.  Why would you be hurt by somebody you don’t know, they ask?  Why would you go out of your way to hurt somebody you don’t know should be the real question?

What is the most important item you require for a quiet night in?

Irn Bru.

Is it best to always tell the truth or is it sometimes better to tell a little white lie?

Honesty is the best policy.  If the truth is going to hurt somebody, say it diplomatically or refrain from answering.  Little things like ‘your hair was nice like that’ might be okay.

What’s your signature dish?

I don’t have a name for it.  King Prawns with baby spinach cooked in chilli, garlic and ginger with onions on a bed of white pasta and garnished with oregano is easy as chips and tastes great.  I’ve also been told I make great chicken and rice soup.

Do you prefer Twitter or Facebook, why?

That’s a hard one.  I socialise more via facebook.  It’s more interactive so I’d have to go with that.  Twitter is great for getting my work seen and I’ve had more response there.

Which book character do you wish you had written?

Oh that’s where I could use my one day’s cloak of invisibility.  I could just sneak up behind Robert Bryndza while he writes.  He’s amazing.  His “The Girl In The Ice” is such a thriller that I wish I had thought of it first.

Why did you write a book?

I’ve always loved writing.  Probably since The Wizard Of Oz was robbed from my tiny eight year old collection.  I probably started writing semi-seriously in my teen years but it took only to this year for me to feel confident enough to put it out.  Now that there’s a platform for people to let their work be seen, I think it’s great.

Why did you choose your particular genre?

I love mystery and I love the element of surprise.  There’s no better reaction to a book than the ‘Wow!’ when the author throws up a curveball that you didn’t see coming.  I also think the twist needs to feel authentic though.  You have to lead the character towards it so that people don’t just feel as if they’ve been cheated.

If you had to write in a different genre, which would you choose?

I’d write a gay romance.  I’m a hopeless romantic myself, so why not write about something I would relate to.  The funny thing is that after writing ‘Lost Girl’, I had actually planned to make ‘In The Wake Of Girl’ a short story about somebody who longed for a partner who everybody said didn’t exist.  As the story began though, I found myself writing in Phil and Kate from the previous book.  Maybe after I’ve finished writing my next book, I’ll do something a little different.

What’s the worst thing about writing a book?

Finding the time and the worry involved.  Will it make sense?  Have I done the characters justice?  Are people going to hate it?  The feeling of creating something and knowing it’s finished is amazing.  Worry about it once you free it into the world is most definitely not amazing.  I’ve had sleepless nights more this year than any other in my life.

What’s the best thing about writing a book?

Having people enjoy your work and complimenting you on the bits they enjoyed.  Having people ask you for signed copies for charity nights.  Hearing that somebody read your book and loved it; people who don’t even know you.  Amazing!  Mainly though the best thing is being able to do something you love and being able to share it.

If you could be anyone for the day, who would you be?

I’d be Lee Harvey Oswald.  I would love to learn if he killed JFK or not.

 Thanks Billy and thanks to Emma Mitchell for organising this blitz. ‘In The Wake Of Death’ is available now from the following links:

Amazon UK

You can also enter to win an e-book version of ‘In The Wake Of Death’ here.