martin-morrisMy next guest is fellow Isle of Wight resident, Martin Morris. Although, judging by his accent, I’d say Martin originates from a little further north. Martin was hardly through the door before he was being offered champagne and made to dress as a reindeer. (He didn’t mind, he’s a good sport.) I see Martin’s brought a huge bag of Frazzles for us all to share. Perfect, I could do with a bit of a bacon fix after all that sweet stuff. The second item he’s brought with him is some quiet moments of introspection in the kitchen. I wish you all the best with that, Martin, because, actually, as with all good parties, it’s very noisy in there. Paul’s running a toast making factory for a start, and there’s a constant stream of people heading to the fridge for champagne!

Let’s take a look at Martin’s Q&As.

Do you prefer Twitter or Facebook, why? If I was choosing social media it would be the immediacy of Twitter, If I’m going to show any of my true colours, I want to be able to escape back into the shadows.

What is the most important item you require for a quiet night in? The most important thing on a quiet night in is, quiet. The indecent pleasure of being able to hear your own thoughts.

Who would you like to star in the film of your life? If anyone were fool enough to make a film of my life, I would guess it would be a baldy Nick Frost.

Who is your favourite literary character? My favourite literary character would be (a very difficult choice) Thomas Covenant (By Stephen Donaldson) I think we all need an embittered and desolate character suffering from leprosy in our lives.

What are you currently reading? I’m presently re-reading ‘The Forge in The Forest’ by Michael Scott Rohan, just because it’s great escapism.

Where are you happiest? That would be at the dining room table with my brother, family and loved ones, up until late with great red wine.

If you could only take one book with you on a desert island, which would it be? My one book to take to a dessert island (an even more difficult decision) would be ‘The Legacy of Heorot’ my favourite monster book.

What is the best advice you’ve received? ‘Don’t judge a person by their words, but by their actions’

Is it best to always tell the truth or is it sometimes better to tell a little white lie? It is always best to be honest, the truth is often a matter of interpretation or perspective, an honest lie is worth more than twenty damning truths.

Thanks, Martin, for those brilliant answers. It is indeed best to judge people by their actions. Good advice. I can imagine you sitting around the dining room table with all your family and a couple of bottles of red. I’ll bet the conversation would get interesting.

agrushellI’m not surprised to hear that the book you’d like to take to a desert island includes a monster. I understand your debut novel also has a fearsome monster among its cast of characters.

Martin’s novel, Agrushell, can be purchased on Amazon.

I hear on the grapevine that you’re very busy writing your second novel. Good luck with that, Martin.

More guests will be along to join us tomorrow. I suspect we might even be meeting another character from my second novel, Love Them and Leave Them.

Please join us …

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