Christine Young

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Christine Presents ~ Hand Over Fist by Michael Ross

Please welcome Michael Ross author of Hand Over Fist.

Michael will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

 

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Hand Over Fist

by Michael Ross

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GENRE: Thriller

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INTERVIEW:

  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?

I do not know if inspired is the right word, but I was drawn to writing because it was a release from the cut and thrust of business; a world where I had control over how people treated me. I would guess that, for me,writing became a rewarding therapy. It’s the strangest thing answering that question, because it’s a question I have never asked myself.

  1. How did you come up with ideas for your books?
    What expertise did you bring to your writing?

When I started creative writing classes I found I enjoyed writing short stories, winning a few smaller competitions, and over the years they sort of piled up on me. All my novels have evolved from one of those short stories, and the characters whose back stories intrigued me enough to explore their futures.

3. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?

2016 is going to be busy with four books being released. HOF is the first of a series, with the follow up novel Out Of Hand due out November, with a light hearted romance Chasing What’s Already Gone with a release date of July 26. I will also be self publishing another anthology of short stories before Christmas

 

  1. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

When I started writing the book Martin Russell, and his personal history is so close to mine I had to be careful about how he came across, so he probably comes across as being slightly blander than he really is. Bobby Tanner is more the real me and I identify with him, I love the way he has bounced back from all the garbage life has thrown at him. Xenon, by the way, is closely based on a real flesh and bone character I met during my business life.

  1. Do you outline your books or just start writing?

I tend to just start writing and trust that as I get to know the characters they will guide me on the journey. (They quite often let me down.)

  1. Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you’ve gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books?

Not so much a hobby, but the most rewarding times in the last few years of my life has been spent working with charities that engage with individuals recovering from drug and alcohol abuse. I have met so many fascinating people, and learned to be far more understanding of people whose back stories I do not know. I am in the middle of another eleven week course at the present.

  1. Do you have an all time favorite book?

No, and I would be slightly concerned if I did. I would consider myself in a rut if I answered that question with any confidence. My favourite read of recent years was Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell.

  1. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?

I am working on the third book on the Out Of Hand series, with more focus on Pin-up and Xenon (with whom readers particularly seem to be attracted.)

  1. Who is your favorite actor and actress?

Watching Mark Rylance perform on stage blew me away. Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep can do no wrong.

  1. Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book?

There is a scene in a Thai brothel that unsettled me when writing, but I wanted my reader to truly hate the character involved. I think it is quite chilling without being graphic. My sisters wont let my mother read the book because of that scene!

  1. What is your favorite reality show?

The News.

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about what it was like to write a series.

I love discovering stuff about my characters, being in the middle of a paragraph and finding out someone is married, is dyslexic, has a prison record; whatever. Then I find myself saying so that is why he/she did that. Who would have thought?

  1. Anything else you might want to add?

Chasing What’s Already Gone or Chasing Ella. Help me decide on my book title please.

 

BLURB:

 

When an old friend disappears, Martin learns nothing is what it seems…

Martin Russell can barely face the future. With dismal life prospects and an estranged family, he is at the end of his rope. When an old friend, Hannah, elbows her way back into his life, Martin’s luck begins to turn around.

Hidden within the shadows of evil, there must be some good…

Ex-policeman Bobby Tanner lost everything one rage-filled night. Now he runs a reading group for alcoholics where he meets a young drug dealer, Zack, who disturbs him in a way that’s hard to define. Bobby soon discovers the teenager is in over his head and has been dealing with a despicable individual known as The Chemist.

The roots of evil run deeper than we imagine…

Martin’s lucky streak begins to unravel when Hannah suddenly goes missing, and he turns to a friend of a friend, Bobby, for help. Thrust into an underworld empire of corruption and half-truths, he learns his friend may not be who he thought she was.

In a shadowed world of deception, stalkers, and despicable drug dealers, Bobby and Martin must uncover the truth, and fast…

Several lives depend on it.

 

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EXCERPT:

 

…but there was something gnawing away at him; something about Zachary Jackson that was just not right. He seemed like a good kid, a good son to a troubled mother and a dying father. But now Bobby stood in the shadows watching Zack leave The Chemist’s house and he cursed his sixth sense.

 

The Chemist’s house was one of a pair of semis that were angled at the end of Shortcross Drive. The area was the roughest part of the city, an independent borough with its own self-administered terms of crime and punishment. The crimes that carried the heaviest forms of punishment were those that affected The Chemist negatively. Punishments ranged from being forced to cut his lawn for a month to having both your knees smashed by a crow bar. And even worse penalties if you failed to insist to A&E staff that you’d been hit by a car.

 

By the time the local police force had recognised The Chemist’s power, it was easier to leave him well alone than to face the cost of breaking down his power base. The semi detached council house was fortified more strongly than a clearing bank’s vault. Over the years, every door and window had been replaced and so heavily reinforced that it would take a tank to force entry into the property.

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

It was a strange and twisting road that led to the publication of my first novel. From my humble beginnings, as an office clerk, to ownership of a multi-million dollar business I always maintained my love for literature.

 

Born and raised in Bristol, England. I spent most of my life in business, my companies turning over in the region of $500 million. The majority of that time marketing cars, eventually owning the largest Saab specialist in the world, before a bitter divorce forced me rethink my priorities. Particularly between 2003 and 2005 when I had to accept that I was no longer a millionaire but literally penniless. I avoided bankruptcy by the skin of my teeth and slowly rebuilt my life.

 

This led me to the life changing decision to leave the bustling city and move to live halfway up a mountain in the Welsh valleys. At the same time I started a part time six year English Literature course at Bristol University, and attended creative writing classes at Cardiff University. I left school at sixteen and this was my first taste of further education and an immense challenge.

 

I eventually adjusted my thinking to the academic life, and on 30 June 2015 had confirmation of my 2.1(Hons) degree from Bristol University. At the same time I also won the prestigious Hopkins Prize for my essay on Virginia Woolf and the unsaid within her text. Now the university courses are finished it will, with any luck, gives me plenty of extra time that I can devote to my fiction writing.

 

Thanks to the university experiences, my interest in English literature has flourished over recent years. Hopefully I have evolved as a writer from my earlier work in short stories (over ninety of them.) Although interestingly my first three novels have all been developed from a long forgotten short story.

 

Life is, once again, very good, and I live very happily halfway up a mountain, in the Welsh Valleys, with my wonderful partner Mari, and our rescue dog Wolfie.

 

Facebook     http://www.facebook.com/michaelross.writer

Twitter         @mikerosswriter

Website       http://www.michaelrosswriter.com

Blog             http://mikerosswriter.wordpress.com.

Goodreads   Mike Ross

 

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

 

Michael will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f1636

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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12 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Hand Over Fist by Michael Ross

  1. achristay
    May 9, 2016

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

  2. Thank you for hosting

  3. Michael Ross
    May 9, 2016

    Hi
    My pc died this morning, so living in the middle of nowhere means I have to rely on my Kindle to get me through the next 48 hours. Thank you for hosting today. Best wishes Michael

  4. Danielle Corrow
    May 9, 2016

    great excerpt, thanks for sharing it with us

    • mikerosswriter
      May 9, 2016

      Based on an actual drugs operation being run in my home city. The only way the authorities could gain access to the property was to bring in the armed forces.

  5. James Robert
    May 9, 2016

    We’re at the beginning of another great week and once again I thank you for this giveaway

  6. Rita Wray
    May 9, 2016

    Sounds like a great read.

  7. Mai Tran
    May 9, 2016

    What do you think makes a good story?

    • mikerosswriter
      May 9, 2016

      Characters who constantly surprise you (as a writer or a reader)

  8. lilallykitten
    May 9, 2016

    I enjoyed reading the excerpt and the interview. This book sounds like such an interesting and intriguing read. Looking forward to checking out this book.

    • mikerosswriter
      May 11, 2016

      Thank you – please let me know what you think.
      best wishes
      Michael

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