I have entered another blog tour called; THE NEXT BIG THING BLOG HOP. I will be posting on March 1st. My friend, fellow author and blogger Bette Stevens did her blog yesterday. Here is the link; http://www.4writersandreaders.com . Anyone who would like to follow me with their blog the following week please let me know 🙂 This Blog Tour will be about new books that you have on the horizon.
Well I did not win the Shorty Award I came in pretty far back. If it’s ok to quote many people tomorrow night, it is an honor just to be nominated. The good thing is that people do enjoy my blogs and they voted for me. So I thank everyone who voted for me. I truly appreciate it.
Author Christine Hannon will join us to chat about her novel; A Hairdressers Diary. In her novel you will read things about hairdressing you may have never imagined. You might even look at your hairdresser in a whole new light after reading this book. Come sit in her virtual chair and enjoy the ride http://tobtr.com/s/4331269
I very much enjoyed talking to the very talented author Carrie Carr.We spoke of fan fiction, writing novels and reading. It was a fun interview. She is writer of one of my favorite series; The Lex & Amanda series. Her latest is a stand alone novel entitled, Hearts Resolve http://tobtr.com/s/4299283 .
We had a special second episode of Chatting With Sherri this week with the charming Kerry Dunn. We chatted about his first novel, Joe Peace. The novel Joe Peace; is a gallows-humored tale of revenge and redemption with noir-like dialogue and along with action, suspense and soul http://tobtr.com/s/4432431 .
As an extra treat he is my special interview this week for my blog. Read below for more of what makes Kerry tick and to buy his latest book.
What was the first book you remember loving? Do you still own it?
That would have to be John Kennedy Toole’s “A Confederacy of Dunces”. I read it in high school, and while I’ve always been a big reader (though I have been trying to lose weight), this was the first novel I read that was so far out of my normal range it might as well have been checked out of a library on Neptune. But man, I love that book. Ignatius Reilly is the greatest character of twentieth century fiction (you heard me, Gatsby) – its most original, most attractively repellent creation. I always have a copy near for when I need a laugh or a moment of singular awe.
What kind of books do you like to read? Do those books have an effect on your own writing?
I read at least two books a week, on average. I like a good detective story and murder mysteries, though I’ve read so many of them I come across a lot of predictable situations that make me lose interest. I enjoy history, so I’m always searching for a topic there that will keep me entertained. I just read Kurt Eichenwald’s detailed account of the Enron collapse, “Conspiracy of Fools”, and even though I don’t know a margin from short-sale, I loved it. And I love to laugh, so I always keep a Tim Dorsey or early Carl Hiassen (before he got preachy) novel around. But I usually come back to my tried-and-trues: Don Winslow, Raymond Chandler, Elmore Leonard, James Lee Burke. Those cats never fail to keep my interest, and I’ve probably taken more from them than I will ever realize, just by reading them so much.
Do you remember what is the first book that touched you deeply?
The one that killed me, absolutely put me in a box, was “Lonesome Dove”. When Gus dies at the end, I felt like I was right there in that little room with he and Call. Just floored me. I was so invested in every character in that book it felt like I was related to these fictional creations. The losses hit me hard. I think I even sent flowers to Montana or something.
Is there an era of writing that affects you? 1920, 1800’s so forth?
The noir novels of the thirties and forties are great, but I’m a fan of modern language, that patois great writers in the field can create, hip street poetry. Older books, say, from the nineteenth century, are too wordy and overflow with so much exposition I feel the need to find the plunger. I’m not a total heathen – I love Shakespeare and John Donne’s plays and poetry, respectively. But my attention will always be drawn to the immediacy of the brief sentence and terse dialogue.
Where do you like to write? Is there a favorite nook or corner?
I sit up in my bed, with a portable writing desk and the laptop, and with my iPod set to a jazz playlist. I can’t write with any lyrics going on behind me, but Miles and Coltrane and Oscar Peterson are huge assets.
Do you prefer one genre to another?
I love noir, with characters of questionable morals or intentions, strong women, interesting bad guys, and world-weary observations about alcohol and the human condition.
Do you like the feel of a book in your hands or do prefer an electronic devises?
I love “real” books, but I have to admit, electronic devices like my Nook are great. I’m about 50/50 on the whole topic. I think as long as I can read it, I’d adapt to a novel if it was written on the walls of a cave.
Can you tell us about what your working on now?
A sequel to “Joe Peace”. I figured, nobody’s ever done a sequel, so I realize I’m pushing the envelope, but that’s where I live. Right on the edge. Joe isn’t fully reformed by the end of the first one. The next novel may or may not take him a step closer to that.
To get a copy of Kerry Dunn’s novel Joe Peace; http://www.amazon.com/Joe-Peace-Kerry-Dunn/dp/1619720027 .
Till next time…