Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for WE HAVE LOST THE CHIHUAHUAS – the lastest novel int he WE HAVE LOST series from Paul Mathews.
Big thanks to Emma Mitchell and author Paul Mathews for inviting me onto this tour!
Firstly, what is this book about?
London, 2046. The British Republic has a new First Lady. She’s Californian, ‘in-your-face, for sure’ and she’s got big plans for a Buckingham Palace refurb. When her three Chihuahuas go missing, one man is determined to avoid getting dragged into it all. His name is Pond. Howie Pond – presidential spokesperson, retired secret agent and cat lover.
Meanwhile, Howie’s wife Britt is handed her first assignment as a National Security and Intelligence Service rookie – to solve the mystery of the missing canine trio.
Will Howie manage to slope off to the pub before he can be roped into help? Will Britt unmask the dog-napper and grab the glory? Find out, in the latest, crazy comedy-thriller from dog-loving British author Paul Mathews.
Want to know what I thought?
Well today – I will be sharing some background into Paul – in particular, some of his favourite things!
“Cheese is one of my great loves. There’s even a piece of Camembert called Norman in my latest novel..! But Cheddar is, of course, the king of cheeses. But a well-fried block of mozzarella – Eastern-European style – can more than compete. I still eat small cubes of cheese with brown sauce as a snack – a childhood treat. I’m told cheese is addictive and I can well believe it. I was vegetarian for 20 years but I could never give up cheese.
Beer is another love. Eastern Europe has various types of black beer which are thinner than Guinness and a little sweeter, in most cases. Black beer rarely gives me a major hangover. And it goes very well with cheese! When the beer runs out, it’s Jack Daniels with coke or a gin and tonic.
If it’s food, it has to be spaghetti Bolognese. Although I will happily swap minced beef for turkey. My wife also adds ginger. She makes a huge pan and I progressively eat it over a period of three days!
In terms of my non-edible loves, I used to be a dog person. However, my wife owned a cat called Lulu when I met her. And now Lulu is more my cat than hers (I think Lulu appreciates someone else lounging round the flat all day). Cats are perfect for writers, because they don’t have to be walked when you’re in the middle of writing a chapter. With Lulu, I just let her wander round our balcony and she’s happy.
Sports-wise, I play a lot of pool (occasionally snooker) and watch a tonne of football. I also enjoy sampling other sports. I’m going to the US in 2018 where I’m be experiencing American ice hockey, basketball and, hopefully, baseball.”
Want to know a little more about Paul?
Hello. My name is Paul Mathews. I’m a 45-year-old British writer who gave up his 9-to-5 job in London in the summer of 2015 to write comedy-thriller novels.
After a year of procrastination, good-living, occasional writing, editing and daydreaming, I published my first novel, We Have Lost The President, in July 2016. Since then, I’ve surprised myself and many others – as well as annoyed several people – by publishing two more novels, writing a fourth, and selling books to thousands of people who appreciate good humour (and a few dozen people who wouldn’t know a good joke if it blew a raspberry in their face).
But we British don’t enjoy blowing own our trumpets too much, so let’s delve deep into my past (well, the bits of it I can remember) and tell you a bit more about me.
Before I gave up my job for a life of writing, I worked as a Government press officer for 16 years – generally avoiding emails, answering phones or any kind of contact whatsoever with journalists. That was so I could concentrate on the creative bits, such as writing news releases and features. When I wasn’t doing that, I was telling jokes, making people laugh and dreaming of a life that didn’t involve 100+ emails a day, photocopiers that kept jamming and phones that didn’t stop ringing.
Prior to that, in the days before the internet and mobile phones – so long ago, Justin Bieber wasn’t even born – I was an accountant. But I don’t like to talk about that (it brings back too many horrible memories of corporation tax calculations and balance sheets). And going back even further, when I had a ponytail and wore flowery shirts, I studied philosophy at Cambridge University after winning a place to study mathematics but deciding I was bored with solving equations by the time I arrived. How a budding writer ended up in that philosophical predicament is a long story, but one mainly based on the idea that academic subjects were considered superior to others – such as creative writing – which are a lot more useful if you want to write words for a living.
That’s enough about the past. What about the present? Well, I am married and have an eight-year-old called Lulu. She’s got four legs, purrs a lot and is a bit fussy with her food. If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know her as my assistant. She is my constant companion at home and lets me know if I need a break from the laptop, I’m spending too many hours on social media, or it’s time to stop writing and play hide and seek. But mostly she just sleeps. Even more than I do.
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