1. Tell us a few things about yourself.
I was born in Liverpool and hold a B.A. in Modern Languages and History, a PGDip TESL, and a PhD in English Literature. Down the years I have been a barman, a road worker, a songwriter, an educational researcher, a translator, a book reviewer, a university lecturer and Chair of Department, and a high school mentor. I live in London with my wife, writer Dani Cavallaro, and Italian Greyhound Cindy. I like animals and bicycles.
2. When you’re not writing, what kinds of books are you reading?
Having been a teacher of literature, at one stage in my life I read an awful lot of books of all kinds, both classic and contemporary and including both so-called literary fiction and genre fiction. These days I read very little in comparison because I’m busier thinking about my own writing.
3. What was the inspiration for your Fubars?
I first came up with the idea for the book after seeing the name “Fubar” on a narrowboat moored along the Regent’s Canal (Primrose Hill, London).
My work schedule is very regular: I write every day between roughly four and seven in the evening.
5. Do you always write in this genre?
I have played, and tampered, with a variety of genres, including detective fiction, crime, fantasy, and satire, with elements of romance in the mix.
6. Do you have any advise for aspiring writers?
“The most effective way to do it, is to do it” (Amelia Earhart). “The secret of getting ahead is getting started” (Mark Twain). Finally… never give up!
7. When you’re not writing, what do you enjoy doing?
Walking the dog.
8. Tell us about your current writing projects?
I have another book, My Kind of Guy, coming out in the spring of this year.
9. What would you like readers to take away from Fubars?
What I wished to capture: i.e. the present moment in history (the earlier part of 2019) as a period in which populism flourishes by asserting that history is best ignored because it was never lived and cannot therefore be proven except by dubious written accounts thereby leaving open the possibility of entirely new and different interpretations suited to its purpose. Gloomy? Sure it is, but it’s happening all around us.
10. How can potential readers get in touch with you? Do you have a website?
11. Where can they buy your book?
Amazon and elsewhere online.
Paddy Bostock was born in Liverpool and holds a B.A. in Modern Languages and History, a PGDip TESL, and a PhD in English Literature. Down the years he has been a barman, a road worker, a songwriter, an educational researcher, a translator, a book reviewer, a university lecturer and Chair of Department, and a high school mentor. He lives in London with his wife, writer Dani Cavallaro, and likes animals and bicycles.
Thank you so much for being on my blog today! You are a wonderful author, one that my readers will love to meet. (Please include a .jpeg of yourself.)
All the best of luck in your future writing endeavours! I can’t wait to read your next book!