Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
John David Lionel Brooke, an 80 year old, expat Canadian lives beside the Sea of Cortez in Mexico. He used to write a form of fiction as an advertising copywriter. Beginning in 2006 he started writing poems, stories and books. His poems and flash fiction have been published in many countries, Switzerland, Nepal United States, England and Canada. Books published 3 chapbooks; 2 poetry, 1 flash fiction and his first novel in a trilogy. He reads, therefore he writes.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Mother Lode, the first novel in my Mother Lode Trilogy. I was unwanted and voicless from birth, Abused and victumized by the tyranny of family politics. My story illustrates the vital importance of mother in the thoughts and subsequent actions of a boy growing into adulthood. We all only have one mother. My inspiration to tell this story was all the mothers and potential mothers of their forever impact on the lives on their children.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Tequila allows me to write wonderful stories in my mind.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Space does not permit them all. John Rachel, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Elizabeth Barret Browning, Shakespeare, Rabulias, Baracco, Golding, Anatole France, Bradbury, Stevenson, Bellock, Kinglsley, Twain, Poe, Cervantes, Dr. Suess, Dickens, Nash, Gabriel Garcia Márquez, Orwell, Lewis Caroll, Douglas Adams, Huxley, Asimov, Khaled Hosseini, Herodotus, Wilde, H.G. Wells, Octavio Paz, Hemingway, Voltaire, Wyndham Lewis, Arthur Koestler, H.E. Bates, Homer, Swift, and on and on … Hell there seems to a lot more space, Damn.
What are you working on now?
Completing my 10th year successfully writing background stuff on NaNoWriMo. Finishing my 7th draft of Shut Up Mother© ready for Beta readers end of November. Completing my first draft of My Mad Mother©, the final novel in the Mother Lode Trilogy. Second draft of Escapers Capers©, and working on 2 other novels, the first a Young Adult romance and the second an introspection of navel gazing.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
In the process of implementation, Awesomegang is my first step in sharing and finding readers.
My web/blog sites are an historic tragedy, thanks for reminding me to clean up these important communications platforms.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Just write and write then write somemore. Passing on this advice given me from a writer who knows, “Become who you are and write what you most want to say.”
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Become who you are and write what you most want to say.
What are you reading now?
Extaordinay Dreams of an Ireland Tarveller, by Rosemary Adkins
The Road to Serfdom, by E.A. Hayek
What’s next for you as a writer?
Setting up my sound recording area, I want to produce my own digital short flash fiction, poetry and excerpts of my stories for use on their mobile devices. This is the market for readers who can listen hands free, when they have no time or way to read.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy
The Tibetan Book of the Dead, Translated by His Holiness The Dalai Lama
An Island to Oneself: The Story of Six Years on a Desert Island by Tom Neale