Hello, Book Dragons! Today I would like to welcome you all on my stop of the Blog Tour for Don’t Worry, Everything Is Going To Be Amazing By Billy Moran and I would like to share a guest post written by the author, with all of you. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂
Publisher: Sauce Materials
Genre: General Fiction
Release date: 03 07 2020
Price*: Kindle £1.99 (GBP)/ Paperback £8.60 (GBP)
Pages: ~ 349
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Description of the book: Chris Pringle: simpleton, casualty or local hero? Propped up by biscuits, benefits and a baffling faith in his plan, he lives in a world where every day is obsessively the same: wedged in his recliner, watching murder mysteries, taking notes. Until the day a serious and peculiar crime stumps the local police – and Chris announces he can solve it.
Accompanied by a loyal crew of chancers, committed to making amends, and pursued by a depressed Detective Inspector, trying to join the dots, Chris heads back to the raves of his past, where a heartbreaking personal tragedy lies abandoned. But what exactly is Chris Pringle looking for? Has he really worked out the way to find it? And what will happen if he does?
How to accidentally write a self-help book by Billy Moran
I’ve always playfully wanted to write a self-help book, because I so clearly needed one myself – yet my real ambition was to write a novel. Somehow, I’ve ended up doing both at the same time.
I’ve been fascinated by self-help books since I read my first one aged 17. That was in 1989, and there were only about five available at that point, so I suppose I was an early adopter. I’ve always been drawn to problem solving too. I grew up reading Agatha Christies and watching ‘3-2-1’, which for those young enough not to remember (which is getting to be more people than not), was an ultra-cheesy Saturday night game show featuring cryptic puzzles. Over time, I became convinced my love of detectives, puzzles and self-help books are all interconnected, and in my new novel, they are.
Don’t Worry, Everything Is Going To Be Amazing is a crime adventure where a TV-addicted simpleton creates what he says is the ultimate Detective Rulebook, and then heads back to his raving days to solve a mystery. Really though, it’s about how different people use structures and norms to try and find a way through. It took becoming a father and losing my own to plunge me deep into an existential crisis, a career change, and ultimately, this book. The first step in the journey was a comedy podcast I did with two of my best friends from 2009-2012. I’ve worked in the TV industry for 20 years, since I blagged my way onto Challenge Anneka as a work experience runner, and got away with dinking a minibus on day one. I know I’m lucky – lucky enough to have had a creative role within that creative industry – but after a while, I realised there was stuff that needed to come out. When your parents go, there’s a reckless liberation involved. My dad was a bit of a maverick, and I felt like a fake, like I’d been trying to please other people without them asking me to. So I resolved to find outlets for my creative urges outside of work, where they wouldn’t be curbed by commercial constraints (or common sense!).
What eventually emerged was what I hope people will above all find to be a really fun romp, with a big heart – an emotional crime mystery novel. But if you want it to, DWEIGTBA also encourages you to ask some difficult questions of yourself, and perhaps suggests a way forward. It hasn’t been the easiest few years for me personally, but writing a book about a man looking for answers – and discovering I’d accidentally penned myself a self-help book in doing so, and found some of my own – has been pretty therapeutic.
About the author: Billy Moran is an award-winning television writer for shows including Horrible Histories. He grew up in the West Country, where his teenage years were rudely interrupted by the Second Summer of Love. Since then he has been embracing mysteries, craving solutions and writing lots of lists. He lives in London and has two children, two cats, one football team and several favourite detectives. Don’t Worry, Everything Is Going To Be Amazing is his debut novel.
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