Saturday 24 December 2011


If you're looking for last-minute Christmas books for an e-reader, here are three places you'll find great gifts:

Blasted Heath has a growing collection of amazing fiction for you to try.  Absolutely.  I'm currently reading 'The Killing Of Emma Gross' (on sale at 99p!) and it's a wonderful police-procedural with a rather unique flavour.

Snubnose Press are stars for the top of the Christmas tree.  Each of the books I've read from them has been of the highest order.  Yesterday I posted reviews for Eric Beetner and Patti Abbott's work.  At the end of them you can see what they have brewing for 2012 and it's going to be intoxicating.

Untreed Reads are having a half-price sale all day today, finishing at midnight PST.  I'd recommend 13 Shots of Noir and Grimm Tales, Discount Noir and will give a little plug for my festive, existential romance 'Into Thin Air'.


Santa job over.

I really was Santa the other day, by the way.  I had an emergency call from our Wraparound team and he hadn't turned up.  They needed an imposter to step in and do the bell-ringing, Yo Ho Ho thing.  I was off like a flash and loved it.

And here is the main business of the day, the interview with Sir Michael Abayomi.  Take it away, Sir.

Good day, ladies and gentlemen. It is with unquantifiable pleasure that I introduce to you our guest for today: the sensational, multi-talented, self-proclaimed international bestselling author, Sir Michael Abayomi.

Feels good to be here.

Now, for the benefit of those who have been living in a cave for the past year or so, I think we should start this interview with a formal introduction.

Yes. Of course. Well. My name, as you all should know by now, is Michael Abayomi. I was born in the beautiful city of Lagos, Nigeria, and I am the bestselling author of the Neuro series of books: The Mediator, The Host and The Second Rebellion.

Wait just one minute. Before launching into your sales pitch. You keep describing yourself as a bestselling author, when there are many out there who have never come across your work.

What do you mean? Are you questioning my credentials. Why, I am featured in the very first issue of International Bestseller magazine. Sadly, that issue doesn't get distributed until the 21st of December, 2012. But you just wait and see.
Shouldn't the whole world be ending right around then... according to doomsday advocates?
Yes. Well. In the quite likely event that it doesn't, I'll be proven right, now, wouldn't I?
A bit convenient if you ask me. But anyway, on with the interview. So tell us: when did you start writing? What inspired you to start weaving tales from the fabric of your imagination?

Real fancy words you've got there. Let me see. I've been writing since when I was a wee lad. Oh, wait. That ain't quite true. I've been coming up with stories since I was a kid; didn't start putting them down into words until I was round twelve. Didn't get any good at it until I was eighteen. By then, I'd fallen in love with the art, no thanks to a certain series of books called Harry Potter.
And since then, you've written quite a number of books I'm sure...

Well. Not quite. For I'd been busy with school, and then work. But I plan on making up for this in 2012. I plan on writing not four, not five, not six, but SEVEN books, all part of a series you see.

Wow. That sounds... rather ambitious. But for those of us willing to sample your work right now, what can you tell us about the books you currently have available - you know, the ones you claim catapulted you to the top of the bestseller lists?

*eyes widen with delight* Ah. Yes. Those ones. Where to begin? The series is called Neuro, and there are three books in all. The first is called The Mediator, and it is about a lawyer trying not to get screwed over by a corrupt justice system. The second is called The Host, and it is about a wealthy geezer brought back to life by the implantation of his memories into another man's body. The final one is called The Second Rebellion, and it is about this kid who gets chosen to test out a new device, called the Virtual Reality Visor, which places users in a virtual reality world called Gomorrah; it's sorta like a cross between The Matrix and The Lord of the Rings, only cooler of course. Wicked.

I'll have to admit, your books have quite an impressive premise, which brings me to my next question. You seem to juggle between quite a few genres. What audience did you have in mind when writing these books?

Hmmm. Well, my books are what I'd like to term an easy read. They can all be read comfortably in one sitting. You can even sip some tea while you're at it. Or coffee if you prefer. So if you enjoy reading Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Tom Clancy, Stephen King, Dan Brown, Stephenie Meyer, William Shakespeare, Robert Ludlum, J.K. Rowling, Danielle Steele or the Holy Bible, then my books are definitely for you.

And if you like drinking water of course...

Yes. That too. Like I said, Easy Read®.

I'm afraid that's all the time we have for the interview. But before you go, is there anything else you'd like to add?

I'm on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Goodreads and Amazon, and you can also check out my blog, where I talk about writing and being an international bestselling author.

Nicely put. Thanks for dropping by.

Thanks for having me.

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