Sunday, March 24, 2013

Will Macmillan Jones, Author of "Bass Instinct"

Today, I have a special guest on my blog, Will Macmillan Jones, Author of "Bass Instinct."

1) Tell us three unique things about yourself.

 I don’t think I’m unique at all.  There must be loads of other people just like me out there.  If there aren’t then I’m in trouble – who on earth am I going to find to laugh at my jokes?  My teenager is happy to do that, but she extracts a fee in return.

2) Why did you become a writer?

 I love entertaining people.  But I can’t sing, can’t dance, and when I pick up my guitar even my dogs run for cover.  That doesn’t leave me many choices, does it?  This is the easiest of the remaining options!

3) What do you want to tell people with your book?

I don’t really have a message as such.  Oh yes, wait: I’ve just realised what it is!  Long Live Rock N Roll! Rock N Roll ain’t noise pollution.  Johnny, be Good.  Now will you vote for me? Er…. 

4) What authors are inspirations to you?

The Humourists in fantasy have always floated my boat.  Holt, Rankin, and the quite brilliant Sir Terry Pratchett. But the one author who really made me first pick up a pen was Alan Garner.  I read The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, and wanted to be able to write like that on the spot.

5) How do you make time to write?

I don’t have to make time to write.  If anything, it’s the reverse.  As soon as the computer is on in the morning, the ideas start fizzing and my fingers are itching to get on with it.  The times my day job gets pushed to one side and ignored, are, well – most days if i’m being honest.  Oh dear.  That’s a real confession.

6) Do you have any writing rituals that you must always perform in order to write?

The only ritual I really have is to get some music playing, and a drink at hand (not necessarily alcoholic, despite the rumours!) and I can be away.  The characters all live inside my head, and it’s a bit cramped in there so they are normally eager to get out onto the paper.  Unless they are drunk.  Or have hangovers.  Or they are having a party…

7) When not writing, what do you do with your spare time?

If I’m not writing, or being busy single parenting my teenager, I’m either practising my guitar in the hope I can improve enough to be merely bad, or out on the hills, walking.  I do love getting into the wild places whenever I can.

8) Where can people find you online?

I’m all over the place online.  Facebook, Twitter (@macmillanjones) and of course my two websites: and  I’d like to say I understand all of the technology, but that would be a wild fantasy, so I won’t.

9) Where can people find your book?

I’m very pleased to say that my fantasy series is available very widely.  Amazon, of course: but also both paperbacks and ebooks are on sale at  and also available through the Waterstones and WHS book shops.


Dai the Drinking Dragon has been kidnapped by the Dark Lord for nefarious purposes, and by his receptionist for even less reputable reasons. Without their bass player, The Banned Underground are now in deep trouble with their record label. They have to produce the recordings for an album, and someone has stolen the tapes from the last gig. Can they make some more recordings, or will Freya, the renegade dwarf bass player, distract the boys whilst the Dark Lord's evil schemes come to fruition?

The Dark Lord has found some thugs to help him in his latest plan to invade the Dwarf Mansion, but they have other things on their minds - like looting and pillaging the locals, and it's all going wrong again.

Will record-producing Adam set his Ants on The Banned? Or will it all come good in the end? Time is Tight on this one for The Banned Underground...

Thank you for including me as part of your blog tour!



T.J. said...

I'm hopping over to check it out humor in books...

Carol E Wyer said...

I warned Will that I would be stalking him on this tour.
This looks a terrific book. Desperate to read it now.

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