Meet Alec Hawkes, this weeks author guest:
Arse About Face, you will gather from the title, is meant to be quite humorous - some have said hilarious, even laughing so much they wet themselves - but there is quite a serious message in there too. It is my third book - you'll see the first two on my author page - all along similar lines, just expanding the theme each time. The first (Common Sense Would Be Good) was only meant as a 'one off', to try and fund a charity walk I did in 2013 - John O'Groats to Lands End. It didn't cover it, but sold around 500 I think. It was a little amateur in places, as I knew very little about this writing game. It was pretty well received though, and people asked me for more so I wrote (in a month, before I set off on the walk), If Brains Were Dynamite. I thought this one was much better, but it only sold around half of the first one. Anyway, I had the bug now, so last year I wrote Arse About Face. This one is more global, unlike the first two being nearly all about what goes on in Britain. This one I am rather proud of, but it's that hard (as you know!) to get your book noticed by other than friends and a few others.
As mentioned, I wrote a little poem to try and promote it. Here it is with a little video I made with my beaten up old Nokia phone. (link below)
The above link is for my author page at Amazon.co.uk You'll see a few books mentioned on there, as well as the magazine I do a few articles for. You might also see a few books by other authors, where I've helped them with proof reading and editing, so they gave me a little mention. The book I really want to push though, is my latest one (which I personally think is my best by far) called ARSE ABOUT FACE. I think maybe a couple of the reviews might be interesting to your readers, as part of a feature about me? I also have an author page at Amazon.com, link below.
I am halfway through my new one now - "Our Lies Are Better Than Theirs" - which will be out well before the muppets are spouting their general election cobblers, as well as working on my first serious novel. This is called "Why Grandad?" and is loosely based around the war experiences of my grandfather both on The Somme in 1918, then as an ARP warden in Watford during the second world war. This one has been waiting for me to write, ever since he told me (after much nagging from me!) about the whole horrible nightmare when I was a young lad. It is quite powerful, I hope.