Book Tour and Author Interview for Skerryvore by Lee Williams

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Skerryvore

By Lee Williams

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Mystery

Book description

Teenage twins Rose and Daniel aren’t allowed phones, computers, even a TV, thanks to their conspiracy-obsessed father. But when the people he always thought were after him actually turn up, the twins realise he wasn’t as paranoid as they’d always thought.

With their dad missing and their house burned to the ground, Rose and Daniel find themselves at the centre of a worldwide conspiracy that stretches back through the ages, involving some of the most powerful and mysterious organisations on the planet.

Why them? Why their dad? The answers to these questions and other, darker mysteries lie beyond the doors of an ancient house called Skerryvore.

These mysteries link the twins to a Dark Age king and queen, to a secret society that stands behind the City of London, and an energy source that links some of the world’s most ancient sites into a network that has the power – literally – to change the world.

Skerryvore is the first book in the Dark Net series.

Author Interview

  1. What is your writing process? Do you aim for a word count daily or maybe just a scene?

No I don’t do either of these. I just do as much work as I can in the time that I’ve got. This could be a whole day (when I’m lucky – rarely!) or a couple of hours in the evening. Balancing creative writing with a job – or two! –  and a family often means that the writing has to take a back seat, as I’m sure many other writers will have experienced. 

  1. What sort of research did you do for this book?

Being a YA fantasy it didn’t require much research at all. Just lots of imagination! 

  1. What are you working on now? Any chance of a sequel?

I’m currently working on my journalism and marketing Skerryvore. I literally don’t have time to write anything else. Skerryvore is the first book in the Dark Net series so yes there is a sequel that I’m dying to write. Unfortunately being able to write it depends largely on the success of Skerryvore to provide me with some extra income to free up some time. 

  1. How did you come up for the idea of your book?

I did something which I would recommend to anyone that is looking for creative inspiration, especially for a children’s book – I sat down on my own in a room and played!

I drew a map of a house, a house that I would love to visit. Quickly the house turned into something which closely resembled Skerryvore in the final manuscript. It had a library that was also a labyrinth, a great hall, a mediaeval tower with a seeing stone at the top, and an observatory atop an old lighthouse on a tiny island attached to the house by a swinging bridge.

The house fascinated me so much that stories just started to evolve around it naturally and soon I had the basic plot for Skerryvore. After that I was hooked!

  1. Just for fun — what TV shows or movies have you really enjoyed (or disliked?) recently?

I don’t get much time to watch TV or movies but I really liked McMafia – a BBC serial about a man who gets caught up in the Russian mafia. A film I loved recently, although it was difficult watching, was Manchester by the Sea. Very powerful and hard hitting – especially for someone who has just become a father.

About the author

I am a journalist and writer living in Dorset, England with my wife and rampaging toddler. I write about technology, innovation, green issues and political commentary for various publications including The Independent, The Guardian, Wired, Private Eye and International Business Times. Skerryvore is my first, and hopefully not last, novel!

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On Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07DHZ2YLB
On Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40387630-skerryvore

Excerpt

Daniel took a deep breath. It must be right. This must be the last piece in Mr Picketty’s jigsaw that led to the secret of Skerryvore – a sword in a stone. He couldn’t just be imagining this.

He had to have faith.

Daniel closed his eyes and went through the technique Mr Humblestone had taught them for being in the present. Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. Empty your mind of thoughts. Listen to the sounds around you. What can you hear? He could hear the sound of waves and gunfire echoing around the metallic roof of the chamber. What can you feel? The cold sea air against his face, the hard ground against the soles of his feet, the movement of his ribcage up and down and the beating of his heart inside it. What can you smell? The smell of the sea, the metal and oil of machinery. Now open your eyes. What can you see? He opened his eyes. He could see a sword standing in a stone with no thoughts attached to it, no hopes or fears.

Just a sword in a stone.

He reached out and wrapped his fingers around the cool leather of the hilt. He closed his eyes and pulled.

With a scraping of metal on stone the sword came free in his hand, so easily in fact that he stumbled backwards and fell to the floor dropping it with a harsh clattering noise that echoed around the chamber.

Then, slowly, another sound began to rise and overtake the first. It was a sound that came from all around, like some huge and rusty gate that hadn’t been oiled in centuries. Looking up, Daniel saw that the roof of the observatory was moving, but not in the usual way. This time it was moving outwards and away from the building, like giant hands were peeling it back. The noise roared to a deafening crescendo and Daniel watched in horror as the two sides of the roof leant outwards, balanced precariously for what felt like an eternity, then toppled and fell to the rocks below like two giant petals dropping from a flower.

He was suddenly alone on a windy platform, above the sea, under the night sky.

And behind him something else was moving.

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WWW Wednesday 23 Oct 2013 (Find out what I am reading this week)

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

 

What did you recently finish reading?

Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead

What do you think you’ll read next?

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Happy Reading and Happy Wednesday!

 

WWW Wednesday 16 Oct 2013 (Find out what I am reading this week)

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

  

What did you recently finish reading?

The Shining by Stephen King

Princess in the Spotlight by Meg Cabot

What do you think you’ll read next?

It by Stephen King

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The White Queen by Philippa Gregory

Happy Reading and Happy Wednesday!

 

Friday Reads for 23 Aug 2013

       

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

My finds:

Happy Reading and Happy Friday!

Friday Reads for 2 Aug 2013

      

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

My finds:

Happy Reading and Happy Friday!

WWW Wednesday 19 Jun 2013 (Find out what I am reading this week)

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

Stunning (Pretty Little Liars #11) by Sara Shepard

Sadly my list is the same as last Wednesdays. I’m still working on this one, although I read up to the middle while waiting at the hairdresser’s yesterday.

What did you recently finish reading?

Diary of a Mad Housewife by Sue Kaufman

What do you think you’ll read next?

Ruthless (Pretty Little Liars Book #10) by Sara Shepard

It came in the mail this week, so I can get to it next.

Friday Reads for 14 Jun 2013

This weekend I’ll be reading Stunning (Pretty Little Liars #11). There is a big reveal that happened in Book #10 that I just got in the mail today, so I’m going to have to read that one right after.

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

My finds:

 

Happy Reading and Happy Friday!

 

WWW Wednesday 12 Jun 2013 (Find out what I am reading this week)

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

Stunning (Pretty Little Liars #11) by Sara Shepard

I haven’t read any more of my of my Pretty Little Liars books, since I bought Killer and Heartless (books 6 and 7) and still have yet to read them. (They’re hiding somewhere in the box-o-books in the living room.) But I saw Stunning at the library, so I grabbed it because it’s wrong to go to a library without taking something home. Of course I’ve missed some big reveal and plot twist from Ruthless (book 10), so I had to order that one as well. These are my guilty pleasures books, so I may as well own all of them. I bought Pretty Little Secrets in May as well.

What did you recently finish reading?

Diary of a Mad Housewife bySue Kaufman

I loved this book. I like diaries about people’s normal, screwed up lives. Makes for such good literature.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Ruthless (Pretty Little Liars Book #10) by Sara Shepard

So this one is on it’s way from Amazon, so I’ll have to read this one soon to get the whole story of Jamaica and the real A.

 

Happy Reading and Happy Wednesday!

 

Book List Update for March

Lately I’ve been book hopping and I’ve built up an even bigger “Reading / To-Read” list:

Friday Reads for 11 Jan 2013

My Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2013 is to read (at least) 30 books. I looked around my couch and made a list of 26 “to read” books that were either on my Kindle, Nook, or coffee table. Some of these are Friday Finds because I recently got them in ebook form from the library.

There are plenty of books I have stashed away that I can still get to but after making this list, I get the idea that I do not need to purchase any more books. Well, until I bump my challenge number to 40 or 50. I don’t think I’ll ever stop finding new books I want to read.

  1. Novel Writing – Marshall
  2. The Truth About Forever – Dessen
  3. Along for the Ride – Dessen
  4. Beautiful Creatures – Garcia and Stohl
  5. Reading like a Writer – Prose
  6. Liar and Spy – Stead
  7. The Diary of Anne Frank – Frank
  8. If I Stay – Foreman
  9. Eve – Carey
  10. Adoration of Jenna Fox – Pearson
  11. Cold Kiss – Garvey
  12. Hollowland – Hocking
  13. Must Love Dogs – Cook
  14. The Summer I Turned Pretty – Han
  15. The Great Gatsby – Fitzgerald
  16. Bright Young Things – Godbersen
  17. Pretty Little Liars: Killer – Shepard
  18. Pretty Little Liars: Heartless – Shepard
  19. Burn for Burn – Han and Vivian
  20. Matched – Condie
  21. One Day – Nicholls
  22. The Secret Life of Bees – Kidd
  23. Glass – Hopkins
  24. Mockingjay – Collins
  25. All the Wrong Questions? – Snicket
  26. Divergent – Roth

Of course I also have classics to finish reading like Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre.

Again, these are books that I can access right now. There are plenty of others on my “to read” list.