Thanks Livia for this wonderful opportunity to get the word out about my book.
Nobody Loves a Bigfoot Like a Bigfoot Babe
An Adult Comedy
By Simon Okill
About the book: Take a wild trek through the forests of Big Beaver where Duane has kept the Bigfoot a secret until a female Bigfoot spoils everything. Can Duane protect his hairy friends from the FBI, the Sheriff and the crazy locals? This is a romantic paranormal comedy like nothing ever written before.
Was your road to publication a delightful stroll in the park or the voyage of the damned? – A little of both, well titling towards more of voyage of the damned. I wrote my Bigfoot novel in 2004 for a TV Production Company under the title So, I Married a Bigfoot Babe. They loved it then hell rained down on us. In-fighting, unnecessary rewrites, refusal of payment all led to the deal going down the drain. But I had 22 paranormal episodes that begged to be expanded upon. 8 years later and after countless rejections from small-minded publishers and even smaller-minded agents – one agent said I should be locked away in a mental asylum for writing that vampires taste blood like fine red wine – go figure – the first US publisher we sent Nobody Loves a Bigfoot Like a Bigfoot Babe snapped it up like a starving crocodile. The journey was fraught with heartbreak, rejections and ridicule, but it was worth it.
What music are you listening to lately? – Phantom Bigfoot loves The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Roxy Music. When I’m in a bad mood – which is often as I suffer from depression brought on by disability, I listen to Both Ends Burning by Roxy Music on Utube. Try it for yourself, Liz as the lyrics are incredible and the music oozes class.
Was there a scene that you didn’t add or you removed in your finished work? – My editor/publisher helped me learn the importance of POV and did his best to convince me to stick with one POV per chapter, but it just wasn’t possible for me to write like that. I love interaction between several characters and after umming and ahhing we decided on two POVs head hopping. It worked apparently as my latest review will attest. Several wonderful scenes – my darlings, had to go, but not to worry as they’re in Bigfoot Part 2.
Tell us a little about your WIP. – Eternally Yours Part 1: The Blood Hunt is about a traumatised woman with amnesia sent to an asylum in France 1925. The reader will not know who she is, only what happened to her as the jigsaw pieces of her life are assembled in an out-of-order sequence. Eternally Yours Part 2: The Eternal Moon will reveal all.
Do you believe in love at first sight or just lust at first sight? – With all my heart I believe in love at first sight as that was exactly what happened to me – as soon as I saw her I knew she was the one. That feeling is explained in depth in Eternally Yours Part1.
If you could switch places with one of your characters would you? – I would love to switch places with Duane Dexter my lead male character, but then I would never have met my wife and would not have written this book and therefore would not be able to switch.
What comes first for you: plot or character? – For me, character is all important, for without great characters what difference does a great plot make? Oops answered a question with a question.
Do you have a favourite character (from you’re book)? Why? Duane-o the no-braino is far and above my favourite character. He does what he likes, never has to cook a meal, has free beer every night, gets laid as often as he likes – which is very often as he’s the richest guy in town and all the women lust after him and want to change him. But most of all, Duane is kind and loves the animals so much he’s willing to end up stuffed and hanging on a hunter’s wall above the fireplace.
What do you wish you would have known when you first started writing that you know now? – To have a platform to market my book at least 6 months before being published. I didn’t have a twitter or facebook account, no website or blog, still no blog, and had never heard of self publishing. Last but not least Goodreads – to all authors out there – get a Goodreads account, place your work on lists and get friends to vote as that is a great promotional tool.
Amzn UK Paperback http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nobody-Loves-Bigfoot-Like-Babe/dp/1938985036/