Today I’m delighted to be taking part in the Fiction Addiction Book Tour for Dory’s Avengers, featuring a fantastic guest post from author Alison Jack!
But first of all, lets introduce the book…
“A brutal regime. A docile population. A glimmer of hope.
In a stifled and oppressed United Kingdom, nothing can be achieved without the approval of the dictatorial Sponsors, at whose head is the malevolent and cruel Lord William St Benedict. In Britain’s cities the Sponsored live narrow, if privileged, lives, while the Unsponsored are confined to menial roles and to ‘less desirable’ districts. Among the Sponsors’ many victims is Lord William’s own son, the forthright and charismatic Theodore – ‘Dory’ – held captive by his father since he was a boy.
In the unassuming town of Applethwaite, in the shadow of the Cumbrian fells, an unlikely revolution is brewing. Albino gymnast Louis Trevelyan and his motley group of friends are fiercely proud of their Unsponsored status and gradually forge a plan not only to liberate the beleaguered Theodore but the whole of the United Kingdom.
‘Dory’s Avengers’ are coming…!”
A question I’m asked a lot is ‘Does it get lonely being an author?’ Knowing that my previous job had been a very sociable one, my friends were particularly concerned to begin with when I voiced my ambition to become an author, wondering how I’d cope with life holed up in a lonely garret, scribbling words that no one will ever read, warming my ink-stained hands over a spluttering candle, going slightly mad…
Stop right there! The old fashioned image of the garret-dwelling quill-scraper is far removed from the reality of the modern day author, with the possible exception of the ‘going slightly mad’ bit. For starters, we all have computers now. No more ink stained hands – and we can network. Double bonus. We authors can network with each other, and we do!
About six months prior to publication of my debut novel Dory’s Avengers, I dipped my toe into the sea of bloggers, thinking it might be a good idea to start building my own platform. More simply put, I wanted some readers for my work, and realised they weren’t simply going to appear – I needed to go and find them. Was launching a blog a good idea? Yes, without a shadow of a doubt it was.
As soon as I started blogging, support came flooding in from my fellow authors, and the wholehearted generosity of this support has blown me away. No one’s in competition; no one’s trying to steal all the readers for themselves and to Hell with the rest. Every indie or self published author and every blogger I have befriended in the past year realises how difficult it is for new writers to gain the recognition they deserve, and everyone is happy to help promote their fellow writers’ work alongside their own. We’re all book lovers; and as any self respecting book lover will tell you, there can never be too many books. Through the online community of bloggers and authors (most of us wear both hats) I have been offered amazing opportunities to promote Dory’s Avengers, this fabulous Fiction Addiction tour being a perfect example. I’ve also learned so much about the modern day writing business, made wonderful new friends – one or two of whom I’ve actually (gasp) met in person – and been introduced to some highly entertaining and informative blogs.
I’ll admit it: I was more than a little sceptical when e-readers first hit the shops, but I quickly changed my mind. The e-reader gives unknown authors an exciting new opportunity to publish and promote their work, and as a result there’s so much good reading material available to buy that I can’t keep up. For the first time in my life I have books waiting to be read. BIG gasp – that’s never happened to this voracious reader before. And just when I thought things couldn’t get any more wonderful, I find that my favourite indie authors are reading my work. They’re liking it, promoting it, reviewing it, tweeting about it… Wow!
Writing a lonely profession? Not any more it’s not.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alison Jack has spent much of her adult life working in book distribution – Dory’s Avengers, however, is her first foray into the world of books as an author. She is a keen walker and has a particular love for the Lake District fells – the atmospheric setting for much of her novel.
Aside from writing her own novels and blogging, Alison spends a lot of time editing the work of other authors. When not writing, Alison enjoys reading, playing guitar – with more enthusiasm than skill – and wakeboarding. She lives near Cambridge with her partner and three cats.
BUY THE BOOK
The giveaway on this tour is 2 x signed hardback copies of Dory’s Avengers. UK and IRE only.