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Welcoming Christopher R Wills the guest author this week



Welcome Christopher thank you for visiting the blog today
Tell us a little about yourself

In my past I have served in the British Army and the Royal Navy and I have been a Physics and Mathematics Teacher, and now I am a Technical Author, hence the name of my blog; Soldier Sailor Teacher Writer (guess what film was out when I was thinking of the title? Clue later). So currently I am a full time writer because I write engineering manuals for Air Traffic Control Engineers. Obviously I would prefer to be a full time writer of fiction. I have self-published two novels, both of which, I wrote during nanowrimo (I thoroughly recommend any beginner writer doing nanowrimo - it is brilliant).

I write from 0500 until 0600 every weekday morning and in the evenings and weekends as time allows. I tried writing late at night but I found my mind is often tired by then, whereas in the morning it is fresh and much more creative. I never have any problems getting up but I try to go to bed at 2200 during the week. You make time for what you want to do - a neighbour washes his car every week even if it doesn’t need it but we drive ours through a car wash occasionally. I enjoy writing so I make time to write.

What book/s have you brought along to tell us about today?

The first novel I completed and self-published was Call me Aphrodite. It was inspired by research I did whilst I used to teach at secondary school and by a report I read on the Barnado’s website but I added a lot of my imagination to create the story. I felt I had to write it and it taught me the mechanics of self-publishing. It hasn’t sold in huge numbers but it is a difficult subject matter and quite hard to sell because it does not easily fit into a genre (tip to new writers - you might be the best writer since somebody great, and you might have the best story since something really good but if it doesn’t easily fit into a genre you will have problems selling it).

“Aged 13 and alone in London, Aphrodite has lost her memory. She desperately wants to know who she is, but the more she learns, the more she becomes afraid to learn.

Call me Aphrodite is the story of a 13 year old girl, dragged from the river Thames by Leon a young boy who lives with his prostitute sister. She calls herself Aphrodite because she can’t even remember her own name. What dark secrets are behind the locked doors inside her head? What is her mind trying to protect her from?

As she struggles to forge a new life for herself, she is forced into the dangerous world of under-aged prostitution by a collection of twisted characters who both terrify and fascinate her. Then one traumatic night a shocking event smashes through the barriers in her mind, and the real horror of what she has gone through in her past is revealed to her. Aphrodite has paid a terrible price to regain her memory. What can she do next?

She can't change her past. Can she change her future?”

My second book, Lulu Love, Teenage Ghost, which I have just self-published is a YA fantasy novel which is much more in keeping with what I read. I recently read The Earthsea Quartet (four novels in one) by Ursula Le Guin and it was brilliant. Anyway my book blurb is;

“Hunted by daemons and by the ghost police Lulu Love embarks on a dangerous journey to find her father. His grave is next to Lulu’s yet he wasn’t at her funeral. Why not? Was something preventing him from being there or maybe he didn’t want to go? Was her father in trouble?

But Lulu has her own problems. Why is it so hard for her to morph through walls? Can she stop herself from turning into an inanimate object before it is too late?
Accompanied by her ghost dog, Sporran she meets a host of colourful characters on her quest. Who is the mysterious ‘Blind’ Homer Johnson and is he trying to help Lulu or hinder her? Why are the daemons hunting Lulu? She knows why the ghost police are looking for her and is desperate not to be caught by them. And what horrors are waiting for Lulu in the exciting conclusion to this first book in the Lulu Love series?”

Are you working on another book right now? I am editing a dragon. sword and sandals YA fantasy that I also wrote during nanowrimo. I hope to self-publish before Christmas.

What do you enjoy most about writing? I love creating stories. On holiday this year I wrote a story sketch inspired by guests at our hotel. I am thinking of turning this into a novel.

What do you like the least? There is nothing I don’t like about writing.

Would you like to see any of your books as movies? Is water wet?

If so can you name any actors you would like to see as the lead characters in your book. In my first novel, ‘Call me Aphrodite’ I would like an unknown English girl to play the lead and Demi Moore to play the matriarchal character because she has the right blend of fading beauty and menace for it. In my second novel ‘Lulu Love Teenage Ghost’ I would also like an unknown English girl to play the lead and Morgan Freeman to play her companion because his voice is so cool.

What things do you like to do to relax? Walking and running (I run in the Great South Run most years), watching TV, listening to real old Blues music and trying to play the guitar.

Do you have another job as well as writing? I am a Technical Author for NATS, National Air Traffic Services.

If you could have one super power in your existence, what would it be? To fly. I used to dream about being able to fly as a youngster. I’m not sure what use it would be to me and I occasionally get airsick so I hope that wouldn’t be a problem.

If money were not an object, where would you most like to live? On the Dorset Coast in a large piece of my own land overlooking the sea in a large but not massive house but not too close that my garden was slowly crumbling away into the sea.

What kind of car would you have if money was no object? A nice Mercedes that didn’t look too ostentatious.

What’s your favorite food? Chocolate but I need to be careful as I am diabetic.

Favorite color? Black - it matches my mind and my sense of humour but I am an optimist.

Can you think of a song or piece of music that could be your theme tune? Mad World by Gary Jules - I love this version from the film Donnie Darko. I love melancholy music.

Just answer these questions as quickly as possible.

Fries or Pizza? Neither, I am diabetic

Dog or cat? Cat, I like the idea that you don’t own a cat, it chooses to live with you if you treat it right.

The film or the book? Book. I enjoy films but books last longer afterwards; many films today are shallow and give instant gratification that is soon forgotten. Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher (Lee Child’s character) … please…. Sorry I got on my soap box because I read the latest Lee Child on holiday last week. His main character Jack Reacher is 6 foot 5 inches has a broken nose and is described as looking like a gorilla and they are letting Tom Cruise play him in a film. There must be laws? Sorry I’ve definitely got off the soap box now. J

Boots or shoes? Shoes

Jeans or suit? Jeans but I like dressing up occasionally

Beach or Snow resort? Snow. I just came back from Morocco - it was 40 degrees, too hot for me. (I might give a different answer in January when it is cold, wet and dark)

Bath or shower? Shower every day but I love a long hot bath when I have time.

What do you love best about yourself? My mind. I like to think I am intelligent and witty - although other opinions are available…. J

What do you like least? The fact that I am not built like a male model, but I suppose that is my fault L

Do you have anything to share with other authors that might be a help? I write by two principles;
1. There is no such thing as good writing, only good editing.
2. You can’t edit a blank page.
Using these you never get writers’ block because you understand that you have to write something no matter how bad you think it is, to be able to edit it to make something good. Get your rear on the chair and write.

Is there anything you would like to say to your readers? Thanks for reading Lulu Love Teenage Ghost I hope you enjoyed it and the next book in the Lulu Love series when she goes to college will be out next year.

Can you share one of your favorite parts of one of the books? This passage is from Lulu Love Teenage Ghost. She is on a train being taken to Glastonbury Ghost College.


The carriage jerked as if it had been hit from behind by another train throwing Lulu forwards almost into the lap of the nun opposite but she managed to stop herself and apologised. The nun smiled at her. The train took a long time to accelerate up to its normal driving speed. Lulu opened the small window because she wanted fresh air but all she got was a face full of soot so she closed it again.


“She looked at the nun opposite her. The nun stared back at her. Lulu stared back. So this was it, a staring competition. Lulu thought this is going to be easy. It was something she loved doing; trying to outstare someone. The nun had no chance.
The nun’s face was very clear and young and innocent looking. But as Lulu looked at it the face started to slide down off the skull like it was melting. Then one of her eyes popped out of its hole and rolled down the melting face and onto the lap of the nun. She calmly picked the eye up and put it on the table still staring at Lulu. By now the nun’s face was in serious avalanche mode and Lulu could bear it no longer.
‘Your face is melting.’
‘You blinked.’ The nun started laughing. Then she pushed her eye back into its hole and pushed her skin back up and onto her face. After a bit of moulding with her hands, her face looked good as new.
‘That’s not fair.’
‘Sorry,’ said the nun.
‘But it’s so cool. Can you teach me how to do that?’
Homer said. ‘No Missy Lulu. Don’t you go bothering ghosts.’ He turned to the nun. ‘I’m sorry but my young friend can be very rude.’
‘Oh she’s no problem. It makes the journey interesting. What’s your name young lady?’
‘Lulu.’
‘That’s a very nice name. I’m called Fiona, but please call me Fi.’ She offered her hand.
Lulu shook it.
‘I can’t teach you the whole face thing because there’s not enough time but I can teach the eye ball pop if you want.’
‘Yes please.’
‘Right listen carefully.’ Fi leaned forward. ‘First of all push your tongue up until it’s inside your nose.’
‘I can’t do that,’ said Lulu.
‘Have you ever tried?’
‘No.’
‘Try it.’
Lulu pushed her tongue up behind her front teeth. She pushed as hard as she could but nothing happened.
‘Don’t push so hard. Start off with the tongue not touching the top of the mouth then slowly rise it and keep going, but softly and don’t think about there being anything in the way to stop it. Think there’s nothing there.’
Lulu tried again. Oh gosh. Her tongue was inside her nose. She could taste the inside of her nose with her tongue. But when she tried to pull it out it was stuck.
She tried to tell Fi that her tongue was stuck in her nose but the only sound that came out was, ‘ngg ngg ng ng…’
Homer roared with laughter which didn’t help Lulu.
‘Ngn ng ngnnng.’”

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Buy Christopher's books

Call Me Aphrodite - a YA contemporary theme story about a runaway

Lulu Love Teenage Ghost - a new YA fantasy about the ghost world

PS the clue for the film that inspired my blog title - John Le Carre.



Hunted by daemons and by the ghost police Lulu Love embarks on a dangerous journey to find her father. His grave is next to Lulu’s yet he wasn’t at her funeral. Why not? Was something preventing him from being there or maybe he didn’t want to go? Was her father in trouble?

But Lulu has her own problems. Why is it so hard for her to morph through walls? Can she stop herself from turning into an inanimate object before it is too late?
Accompanied by her ghost dog, Sporran she meets a host of colourful characters on her quest. Who is the mysterious ‘Blind’ Homer Johnson and is he trying to help Lulu or hinder her? Why are the daemons hunting Lulu? She knows why the ghost police are looking for her and is desperate not to be caught by them. And what horrors are waiting for Lulu in the exciting conclusion to this first book in the Lulu Love series?

‘Easy to read yet showing subtle depth in places this novel is in the style of other well-loved YA fantasy quests and shows a promising start to the Lulu Love series.’

2 comments:

  1. Wow thanks for posting my interview Tessa. It's the first time I've been interviewed. I love the idea of interviewing guests so I shall give it some thought for my blog. I have the small matter of nanowrimo to get out of the way first - it starts on November 1st. Also next Sunday 28 October I am running in the Great South Run - I hope the weather's good, it usually rains... I've been reading your blog posts and I'm impressed. Thanks again and if my interview ideas develop I shall be giving you a call. :)

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  2. Hello Chris,
    Thank you for being my guest, it's a pleasure to see you on the blog. Good luck with all your activities :-) Tess

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