On behalf of Zoe at https://zooloosbookdiary.co.uk/zooloos-blog-tours, I am excited and honoured today to be hosting a Q and A with Tim Beeden, author of Greed. A huge thank you to Tim for taking the time to answer my questions in depth and giving me a great blog post to share with you.
When Gregory Hoffenbach unearths a valuable stone while ploughing, he believes it could put an end to all his woes.
It doesn’t. In fact it’s just the beginning.
Greg heads into the city of Calver with his brother Ralph to try and sell the stone but soon they discover that there are plenty of people in the Kingdom who’d like to own Greg’s red stone.
Over the next few days, the brothers strike a deal with a prominent crime boss, stumble into a plot to overthrow the King and have a hand in the death of an over-ambitious hay salesman.
Fortunately for them, they’ve got help. Some very useful and very violent help.
It seems everyone wants Greg’s stone and they’ll stop at nothing to get it.
Greg? He just wants a new plough.
A story about working out what’s valuable in life and then trying to take it from someone else
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Q and A with Tim Beeden
What inspired this novel?
Bit of a strange one really. The inspiration for Greed was simply to write a book. I’ve always written short stories and in this case I wanted to write a novel. Once I’d settled on the idea of a series of books linked by the seven deadly sins and four last things, I didn’t think about anything beyond writing the type of book I would enjoy reading.
Who are your favourite authors and why?
This could’ve been a long list! I’ll stick with:
Stephen King: Captures people and place like no other.
Robert Crais: For the dialogue and easy flow.
Ronan Hession: Crafter of beautiful stories.
Jon McGregor: His books always leave an imprint.
If you could only take 5 books to a desert Island, what would they be?
1. The Complete Far Side: Gary Larson – Most situations can be brightened up with a bit of Gary Larson.
2. The Stand: Stephen King – Great book and by the time I’ve finished it, someone probably will have turned up to rescue me.
3. The Winter of Frankie Machine: Don Winslow – Me and Frankie around the campfire, watching the waves break.
4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain – A childhood favourite and one of the ‘classics’ that’s actually a joy to read.
5. The Complete Illustrated Handbook of Survival: The Ultimate Practical Guide to Staying Alive in Extreme Conditions and Emergency Situations in All Environments, Anywhere in the World – Probably useful.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Write what you want. Write stories you like. And be prepared to work hard.
Have you always wanted to be an author or did you have other ambitions?
Being an author has always been a dream. Spending most of the day alone making stuff up, what’s not to love?
If you could spend one day with an author past or present, who would it be and why?
Helen Russell (Author of The Year of Living Danishly). Obviously we would spend the day in Denmark, which would culminate in Helen persuading my wife that moving to Denmark is absolutely the best idea ever.
What is your schedule like when you’re writing a book?
Every day, rain or shine. Aim for as many words as possible but don’t stress if many words aren’t possible. Sometimes life happens so cut yourself some slack. The work will still be there tomorrow, waiting for you.
Author Bio – Tim Beeden
Tim Beeden is someone who likes to make things up. Things like stories, ideas and friends. He’s lived a varied life, has had thirteen different jobs, likes piña coladas and getting caught in the rain. He loves to travel and is utterly convinced he’s part Viking (much to his wife’s continual annoyance. Although he was once on holiday in Denmark where the locals often spoke to him in Danish which pretty much confirmed it as far as he’s concerned).
He’s married with one child. His wife is nothing like him (thank goodness) but his son is (thank goodness).
Greed is his first novel in a planned series of eleven books but he’s pretty new to this so isn’t aware of how ridiculous an ambition that is.
He genuinely hopes you enjoy reading Greed and that if you love it you tell your friends. If you read it and hate it, he wants you to tell your enemies so they have to suffer too. His website is: http://www.sevendeadlyandfour.com and he’d love for you to stop by and say hello.
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