I am pleased to be taking part in the Flidderbugs tour a book I own and look forward to reading. Thanks to Jonathan for being on. Keep in mind people that one lucky commenter tour wide will win a $25 amazon gift card. Check out all the blogs in the tour and increase your chances.
Please tell us about yourself –
I was born on the planet Krupthrup in the year 56723. I’m eight foot tall with four legs, eight arms (5 right, 3 left) and an extra kneecap.
Well maybe not exactly, but sometimes I do let me imagination run away with me I guess that’s one of the most important thing about me – I love making things up. And I think that I’m quite good at it as well. Most of the time anyway. I suspect most of you saw through that alien thing pretty quickly.
What else would you like to know? I live in Melbourne, Australia, which they keep telling us is the most livable city in the world. Besides writing, I also love music and enjoy playing guitar. As a guitarist, I’m an excellent writer.
Is writing a new passion? –
Definitely not. It’s something I always enjoyed and was (I hope) quite good at. After school, it did go on the back-burner as I got on with the serious business of trying to establish a career. Then, as I turned out to be quite bad at establishing a career, it began to seep back into my life. I’ve been at it now for over fifteen years but the rise of indie publishing in the last year has definitely given me a major boost.
Your writing doesn’t fit into a box, I like that what about being different from the norm appeals to you? –
I don’t know if there’s anything particularly that appeals to me about it. It’s more that I’m not sure I have a choice. I write the stories that come to me – they turn out as they turn out. I don’t deliberately try to make them different from the norm. They just seem to end up that way. Having said that, I do have a somewhat stubborn streak that forces me to not go with the flow. Put me in a room full of bankers and economists and I’ll become a raging communist. Put me in with a bunch of union reps and I’ll become an unapologetic capitalist. But in both cases, I’ll do it quietly because I’m actually quite shy.
What is your writing space and routine like?-
My writing space is a great big mess. It’s the study in our house. It’s also the spare room where all our junk ends up, so it’s a bit of an obstacle course actually getting to the computer.
My routine is about as neat as the study. It’s really about scrapping for time whenever I can make it, especially as I work full time and have a young family.
What are you reading now?-
This post – to check there are no mitsakes. Apart from that, I’m actually between books. Over the last week, I’ve been reading kid’s books by a rather good Australian writer called Morris Gleitzman
Favorite authors and books? –
I think that question is partly answered by the next – huge Douglas Adams fan. Other than that, I like authors who go against the trends, whether literary or popular. I’ve recently read and enjoyed books by people like Franz Kafka and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. As for more popular stuff, Neil Gaiman and Diana Wynne Jones are two favourites.
I see on your blog that you like the Hitch-Hikers Guide, a fellow frood if you could go bouncing around the galaxy who would you go with?-
To be honest, I’m not sure how keen I am to go bouncing around the galaxy. I’m definitely a two-feet-on-the-ground sort of person. And I suspect I’d probably get terribly space sick as well. So I suppose I’d have to choose someone who would be fairly patient, willing to hold my hand when I got nervous, and preferably someone with a bit of medical training as well. If any froods out there fit the bill, please let me know.
What kind of reader would Flidderbugs appeal to?
I really hope Flidderbugs will appeal to a broad audience. It’s about talking bugs, so hopefully that will be fun for kids. But it also has elements of humour and satire that I think a lot of adults would appreciate. I really wrote it for myself, and I have a strong streak of both the kid and the adult inside me. I think there are a lot of people like that.
Can you tell us more about it? -
I call it a satire or a fable – maybe it’s a strange kind of mixture of both – a sable or fatire? It’s about a group of insects, the Flidderbugs, who spend a lot of time arguing about things that are really not important at all (ie how many points there are on a leaf) while completely losing sight of things that are actually very important.
The central character, Kriffle, is the one who is on a mission to make the Flidderbugs come to their senses before it’s too late.
Jonathan Gould is a Melbourne-based writer and doodler.
He calls his stories “dag-lit” because they’re the sort of stories that don’t easily fit into the standard genres. Some might think of them as comic fantasies, or modern fairytales for the young and the young-at-heart.
Over the years, his writing has been compared to Douglas Adams, Monty Python, A.A. Milne, Lewis Carroll, the Goons, Dr Seuss and even Enid Blyton (in a good way).