Michael Diack stops by to talk about himself and his hilarious book the Super Spud Trilogy. Its about mutant potato’s. Beware the carbs for multiple reasons now other than a muffin top.
Please tell me about yourself –
Hi, I’m Michael Diack and I’m from the UK. I studied geology at the University of Manchester and I’m currently working in Oman. I always wanted to be a volcanologist like Pierce Brosnan in Dante’s Peak but I’m lucky to have my present job. I enjoy sailing, skiing, squash, tennis and playing board games with my friends (yes, I’m a geek). I wrote my debut novel during university and it was recently released in April this year in paperback and on Kindle. Currently, I’m finding out how hard it is marketing a book, but I’m loving interacting with my readers and chatting about the book.
Can you share something about you that no one else knows? –
I have a secret detest for big words. I don’t see the point in using a big, fancy word that no one knows and has to look up, when a smaller word with the same meaning would do.
What are you reading now? –
The Fate of the Dwarves by Markus Heitz. This is the last book in the series and I have really enjoyed them all. I can recommend them to all fantasy book lovers and anyone who likes fast-paced plots full of action and adventure.
Some favorite books and authors? –
Once I read a specific book by an author and enjoy it I’ll tend to then buy all their other books and, while I’m open to reading all genres, my bookshelf is taken up primarily by the following authors:
The Hobbit, The Silmarillion – JRR Tolkien
Norwegian Wood – Murakami
I’m Not Scared – Niccolo Ammaniti,
Centurion – Simon Scarrow
Less Than Zero –Bret Easton Ellis
Do you have a secret potato obsession? –
The irony is I hardly ever eat crisp packets, although I am prone to eating Pringles if someone brings them round to my house when we’re playing games. I do snack a lot on chocolate and sweets – especially Haribo! I do like potatoes and especially mashed potato, but the book wasn’t inspired by any specific potato loving.
What inspired this story or did you just let your imagination run wild? –
I actually wrote a short story in primary school when I was ten years old about Colin and Lucy the crisp packets. They come alive after their use-by date and, after becoming separated, meet up again in the local rubbish tip and live happily ever after. When I was 19 I remembered the story and went from there. Being older, I changed the tone of the story and I wanted to make it as funny, unpredictable, quirky and adventurous as possible. Being a student, I guess I thought the story would appeal to my age group primarily but during the editing process I made it accessible for teenage readers as well.
You have some great reviews for The Super Spud Trilogy does that fuel the creative juices? –
I’ve been very happy with the responses so far, especially as the reviewers have been from all age groups and it’s great knowing the book has helped make people laugh, de-stress and just break from the normal style of book they usually read. Receiving a good review certainly does fuel the creative juice and inspires me to write more, but I also appreciate the less than positive reviews as they help me to focus in on which areas I need to improve.
It’s your debut book but have you always been writing or just recently? –
I stared writing seriously during university and since then I have lots of short stories, poems and novel ideas. The Super Spuds are my main focus at the moment and I’m very keen to try and get the story animated, as I think the concept would suit a series or film.
What do you have planned next and when do we get to enjoy it? –
I’ll be releasing The Super Spuds Book 4 – Over Land and Sea, later this year. I listened to all the feedback and reviews from The Super Spud Trilogy and I wanted to make Book 4 as strong as possible. The story focuses on four main characters and is one big plot where everything leads up to the final confrontation, so it’s a lot more conventional in that way. The story starts with King Martin going to China to rescue G-Boa, and then sees the Super Spuds sail the oceans, visit America, walk around Hollyspud, fly on Air Spud One, fight against zombies, pirates and even make a trip to the moon. The key thing with thenext story is a lot of the action takes place at sea with the inclusion of the sea salt flavours. I hope readers will find it just as enjoyable. After that, I’d like to release some of my short stories and I think I’ll start work on a new fantasy series set in the desert.
Thank you for the interview!
Genetic engineering has accomplished many things, one of which has been to create the Super Spud! The humble potato elevated to new heights, creating the most flavoursome crisps ever known to humankind! But that’s not all – A magical transformation occurs to all Super Spud crisps not eaten before their use-by date. They take on a life of their own. And so long as they remain undetected by humans, they enjoy life in their own Super Spud cities, take part in major Super Spud sporting events and even start the odd Super Spud war or two. Join Colin, Cougar, Hannibal Vector, Generals Rock, Jock and Strap and all the others in their rollicking adventures. You’ll never look at a packet of crisps in the same way again! Fun, quirky and totally original, Michael Diack’s debut is strictly for those who are still big kids at heart.