After our joint first position yesterday morning, we’ve just slipped back into second position in the Cover Wars competition, so we’d better pull something extra out of the bag to encourage you to go and vote for us today. And here it is: the Author Shout interview with Grimly Darkwood, in which Grimly (author of The Shop on Peculiar Hill) responds entertainingly, informatively, and occasionally at too great a length, to a number of polite enquiries. Here is a brief excerpt:
Do you proofread/edit your own books or send them off to an editor?
You have to get your book checked over by someone else because we all have holes in our heads through which the mistakes leak. Fortunately other people’s heads have holes in different places so they can catch the mistakes you’ve missed. Professional editors are the best people to use because they have at least 80% fewer holes in total than other people.
If you had the chance to get one message out there to readers all over the world, what would it be?
Please find a way to get along with each other – but not so well that we all get bored.
You can find the rest of the interview here. You may have to scroll down a bit past the bio.
If you enjoy the interview, please vote in the Cover Wars competition here
If you think the interview is rubbish but like Pete’s cover, please vote here anyway.
Don’t forget the 24 hour rule! You need to leave at least 24 hours since you last voted. (How did life get so complicated?)
Hello – It’s Grimly here again, just to let you know that Pete Lyon’s splendid cover for ‘The Shop on Peculiar Hill’ is entered in this week’s ‘Author Shout’ Cover Wars competition. All you have to do is go along and vote for it and you might help us on the way to becoming incredibly famous. This is the website where you go: http://authorshout.com/cover-wars/
That really is all you have to do. You don’t have to sing a song or bake a cake or think of a country beginning with ‘A’ or anything like that. You don’t even have to send in a photograph of your cat engaged in amusing antics. All you need to do is go to the website and vote for The Shop on Peculiar Hill. It doesn’t get much easier than that.
And what’s even better, as long as you leave at least 24 hours in between, you can vote all over again tomorrow. And all over again every day for a week…
Oh dear. That was going really well for a while but now you’ve fallen asleep.
Look, it’s a really good illustration. Try to forget about voting every day for a week. Just vote once for now. We’ll take it a day at a time…..
Many thanks to those who entered the recent LoveReading4Kids competition to win a signed copy of ‘The Shop on Peculiar Hill’. Sorry if you weren’t successful, but do take a look at the free opening chapters of the story here. Then you may feel you deserve a copy anyway…
Also, you can now read the Kindle version of ‘The Shop on Peculiar Hill’ for free on Kindle Unlimited!
And don’t forget that the next book in the series, ‘Stranger Days on Peculiar Hill’, is due out in November. Pete Lyon will soon be starting work on the cover and we’ll let you have more information as soon as we get it…
These are exciting times on Peculiar Hill!
(How does that sound for the title of Book Three?)
Greetings from all at Vale of Strange HQ! We thought we’d start the New Year by sharing some impressions of The Shop on Peculiar Hill. One of our readers, Janet, sent some great, very spooky pictures of bogeys. You may have seen them on our Facebook page but here is one of them again.
I don’t know about you at home but everyone here in the office is now hiding behind the sofa. These bogeys look very similar to the bogey pictured in the top right of Pete Lyon’s excellent cover illustration (see below) so maybe they’re genuine bogeys. Perhaps Janet went out for a stroll and just happened to have her phone handy when the bogeys flew by. I hope you had your hat with you too, Janet.
This is actually one of two bogeys on Pete’s cover. Have you noticed the other one? If so, can you write and tell us where it is? And while we’re about it, what do you think is peering out of the cellar of the Shop on Peculiar Hill? Have you noticed those eyes?
We shall be excited to hear your own impressions of Peculiar Hill, the Vale of Strange, and the scary creatures which live there. Please write in with your pictures or descriptions and we’ll post them here. (Please note that by sending these in, you are giving us permission to post them here and/or share them online. We will just identify you by your first name unless you tell us otherwise.)
You can write to us at grimlydarkwood03 (at) gmail (dot) com or use the ‘ContactGrimly’ form.
Don’t forget you can also share your impressions of ‘The Shop on Peculiar Hill’ by leaving a review on the Amazon.com or Amazon UK sites. This is very useful, as it helps to spread the word about the book. You can also leave reviews on other sites such as iTunes and Goodreads.
Grimly says “Hi!” but is too busy to say any more because he is working hard on the next book in the Vale of Strange series, ‘Stranger Days on Peculiar Hill ‘, which is due out later this year and is due to reveal some further secrets about the vale and its inhabitants. Don’t forget to look out for it – and don’t forget your hat!
Ha, ha! This is actually Grimly Darkwood here. They let me near the typing device at last!
What are they afraid I’ll do? Set fire to it or something?
Probably the most likely pending catastrophe is I’ll shatter the glass, because the picture up there now is of my chief assistant, accountant, typist, and odd job man Simon Ounsley, who is proudly holding up two copies of ‘The Shop on Peculiar Hill’ for all the world as if he’d written them himself. The trumped up hoo-hah!
What I want to know is exactly how he got that paint on the wall of the hovel he lives in such a similar shade to the backdrop of this glorious blog of ours. I wouldn’t be surprised if he hasn’t taken a can of the paint we used for the blog off home with him when no one was looking.
Eh, what’s that? What do you mean: you don’t use paint on a blog? How’s else do you get it that colour? You must think I was born yesterday. And no, I am not colour blind!
Anyway, forgetting about Ounsley for once, though he does rather spoil things, the books themselves look rather magnificent, don’t they? The glorious Pete Lyon illustration looks splendid even at this distance and the glossy green surround, which I believe was my idea, shows it off to perfection.
Eh? What’s that? The surround was Pete’s idea? Oh well, maybe. It’s very fine at any rate. But how come we haven’t even mentioned Pete Lyon on this blog yet when his painting’s the best thing in the book – well, apart from all that stuff I wrote inside, that is.
What? We have a feature coming up on Pete? About time too! Better stay tuned to this blog then, everyone. You don’t want to miss that.
Now then, are my sausages done yet? They were down there on the camping stove, just by the photocopying machine. Oh dear! Where are all those flames coming from?
Is that the time? I’d better be off then. No, no, I don’t want my sausages. They look a bit on the overdone side. You can have them yourself if you like.
Oh, now there seem to be flames coming out of the typing device as well. Better switch it off and on again. That usually does the trick.
I’ll see you all tomorrow then. Bye for now!
PS If you would like a copy of ‘The Shop on Peculiar Hill’, complete with almost 300 pages of scary, hilarious story, Pete Lyon’s wonderful cover illustration, and only a few slightly singed pages in the wake of the fire (joking about that bit) go to Amazon UK, Amazon.com, or other appropriate online store to purchase your copy (either paper or electronic).
With very best wishes till the next time,
– Grimly and The surviving members of the Team
PPS We now have two five star reviews on Amazon UK!