This is the end. I feel like quoting Adele and being dramatic. Here is the last bunch of awesome people working at Orenda Books and taking part in the 5 Facts posts! I have had a blast putting this facts and I hope you’ve enjoyed discovering more about Orenda Books’ fabulous authors as much as I did!
What do you know about Michael J. Malone?
I know that 4 months later, A Suitable Lie is still with me. I know I ran out of friends to push the books to. I know I am eager to discover more of Michael’s work!
TWINS! One of the most fascinating thing to read about! I don’t know any twins in real life, I hope I wouldn’t turn into that weird lady who stares for hours.
Dislocated shoulders hurt like hell. My right shoulder has a weird thing going and when I was little, the simple act of my mom helping me get in the bus when we were holding hands would dislocate my shoulder. People used to think I was tortured!
I like that the J in Michael J. Malone doesn’t stand for anything. The letter was well chosen, the entire thing sounds good! But the American double is a creepy fact!
After Louise Beech wanting to be a nun, we have a priest! I wonder if there’s a link between writing and religion!
Michael Malone is a prize-winning poet and author who was born and brought up in the heart of Burns’ country, just a stone’s throw from the great man’s cottage in Ayr. Well, a stone thrown by a catapult. He has published over 200 poems in literary magazines throughout the UK, including New Writing Scotland, Poetry Scotland and Markings. His career as a poet has also included a (very) brief stint as the Poet-In-Residence for an adult gift shop. Blood Tears, his bestselling debut novel won the Pitlochry Prize (judge: Alex Gray) from the Scottish Association of Writers.
Other published work includes: Carnegie’s Call (a non-fiction work about successful modern-day Scots); A Taste for Malice; The Guillotine Choice; and Beyond the Rage. His poetry includes: In The Raw, Running Threads and Lip Synch. Michael is a regular reviewer for the hugely popular crime fiction website www.crimesquad.com. A former Regional Sales Manager (Faber & Faber) he has also worked as an IFA and a bookseller. A Suitable Lie will be published by Orenda Books in September 2016.
Find Michael on Twitter: @michaelJmalone1
What do you know about Johana Gustawsson?
I know it makes me very happy that a French author is part of the Orenda Team. I know Johana is a lovely lady and I am dying to read her work, in our native language and in English!
I don’t even know the lyrics to Itsy Bitsy!! But I should never have googled The Wheels on the Bus… I’m stuck with it forever!
I can’t stand liver either, but cheese! I’m in paradise with a good Comté accompanied by a plum jam!
Born in 1978 in Marseille and with a degree in political science, Johana Gustawsson has worked as a journalist for the French press and television. She married a Swede and now lives in London. She was the co-author of a bestseller, On se retrouvera, published by Fayard Noir in France, whose television adaptation drew over 7 million viewers in June 2015. She is working on the next book in the Roy & Castells series.
Find Johana on Twitter: @JoGustawsson
What do you know about Matt Johnson?
I know his book Wicked Game is on my nightstand and I’ve heard so much about it it won’t stay there long!
The thing that has always bothered me with playing instruments is that I don’t understand how my hands could be able to do two different things at the same time, haha! Okay, they are doing it now by typing but it’s different. I admire music players, it feels like magic 🙂
I loooooove walking with my dogs, it’s relaxing and before you know it, you’re far far from home and have had the daily exercise you need!
I love the animal rescue story, thank you for doing this for cats and dogs. My heart breaks for all the animals that don’t have the chance to be in caring families.
Matt Johnson served as a soldier and Metropolitan Police officer for twenty-five years. Blown off his feet at the London Baltic Exchange bombing in 1992, and one of the first police officers on the scene of the 1982 Regent’s Park bombing, Matt was also at the Libyan People’s Bureau shooting in 1984 where he escorted his mortally wounded friend and colleague, Yvonne Fletcher, to hospital. Hidden wounds took their toll. In 1999, Matt was discharged from the police with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. While undergoing treatment, he was encouraged by his counsellor to write about his career and his experience of murders, shootings and terrorism. One evening, Matt sat at his computer and started to weave these notes into a work of fiction that he described as having a tremendously cathartic effect on his own condition. Matt is currently working on a sequel Deadly Game.
Find Matt on Twitter: @Matt_Johnson_UK
What do you know about Su Bristow?
I know her book has been praised all over the blogosphere and beyond, and I know despite being on the fence about the genre, I will eventually read it!
Strawberry picking is hard! I tried working in the vineyards one summer and lasted… two days! It was way too physical for me!
I’m the same when it comes to theme park rides! I prefer my feet to stay firmly on the ground!
Su Bristow is a consultant medical herbalist by day. She’s the author of two books on herbal medicine: The Herbal Medicine Chest and The Herb Handbook; and two on relationship skills: The Courage to Love and Falling in Love, Staying in Love, co-written with psychotherapist, Malcolm Stern. Her published fiction includes ‘Troll Steps’ (in the anthology, Barcelona to Bihar), and ‘Changes’ which came second in the 2010 CreativeWritingMatters flash fiction competition. Her forthcoming novel, Sealskin, is set in the Hebrides, and it’s a reworking of the Scottish legend of the selkies, or seals who can turn into people. It won the Exeter Novel Prize 2013. Her writing has been described as ‘magical realism; Angela Carter meets Eowyn Ivey’.
Find Su on Twitter: @SuBristow
This is it. Gathering all those great minds for a dinner would be fantastic, wouldn’t it?
I would like to send my biggest thanks to all the authors and translators for finding the time to take part in the Orenda Month and for allowing people to get to know them better. Go Team Orenda!
I hope those facts surprised you, made you laugh and kept you interested. I loved every minute of it!
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Tomorrow, we will get to the Roots of the Orenda Books Tree….