Well here we are on day four of the blog party, and it’s got very exciting all of a sudden, because we now have a couple of male guests. The first man I opened the door to was Chris Daniels, one of the characters from my latest novel ‘Love Them and Leave Them.’ To tell you Chris is good-looking, would be an understatement. He’s actually bloody gorgeous. He has piercing blue eyes and a smile that melts even the most resistant heart. However, the downside, and there often is one, is that Chris is a bad boy, through and through. I’m slightly worried for the ladies at my blog party – Chris will be working the room before we know it. Prior to Chris’s arrival we were all having a good old sing along to Stella’s song sheets. However, as soon as he turned up, the room fell silent. Just the sound of the occasional dropped jaw could be heard. There may be trouble ahead!

The other male at the party also has a fabulous smile. It’s the very funny writer, Paul Mathews.


Paul arrived clutching a giant jar of Marmite and a loaf of wholemeal bread. Luckily we have butter in the fridge. Paul has offered to conjure up his culinary speciality for the guests: hot-buttered Marmite on toast. In his own words – “Everyone will love it. No-one will hate it.” I sure hope he’s right.

Help yourself to a drink, Paul. We have juice, Baileys,champagne or one of Jo’s Ginger Stinger ales. Let’s take a look at your Q&As.

Who is your favourite literary character? Arthur Dent from the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. He manages to retain his British sense of humour and deep cynicism about the world, despite the fact that Britain, and the rest of the Earth, has been obliterated by the Vogons. I’d like to think that I would do the same, under similar circumstances.

Who would you like to star in the film of your life? Angelina Jolie would be my Mum. Jean-Claude Van Damme would be my Dad. Cameron Diaz would be my wife. And possibly Tom Cruise would play my cat – for no other reason than Tom Cruise would have to dress up in a cat suit, and I know that would really, really annoy him.

If you could only take one book with you on a desert island, which would it be? ‘How to Build a Wooden Boat’ by David C McIntosh. I’ve never read it. And I have no intention of doing so, until I’m on that desert island.

What are you currently reading? ‘The Perpetual Astonishment of Jonathon Fairfax’ by Christopher Shevlin. It’s a good, quirky comedy, although it gets a bit too clever sometimes and forgets about moving the plot forward. I’m a comedy writer and I read mainly comedy fiction. It’s always good to see how other writers make people laugh. Everyone has their own comedy style. Mine is the funniest, obviously.

Who would be at your dream dinner party (alive, dead or fictional)? Douglas Adams, Sue Townsend and Kenneth Williams – sadly all dead. That’s probably a good thing, as I hate dinner parties. In fact, I can’t ever remember going to one. I’ve probably watched too much ‘Come Dine With Me’ to make them a viable social proposition. In fact, fear of dinner parties is probably why I’ve never learned to cook properly – hence why I’m making Marmite on toast at this party.

What’s the best advice you have ever received? Join the ‘Book Connectors’ group on Facebook. They have lots of wonderful bloggers who will help promote your book. Who knows? They might even buy it. (Okay, I made up that last bit.)

What’s the worst advice you have ever received? Always leave one question mysteriously unanswered in an author’s Q&A. It confuses everybody. I hope that doesn’t answer your question.

If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do? I’d visit my local Guinness Pub and pour myself drinks when the bar staff weren’t looking. I might also steal some crisps. And occasionally change the channels on the TV to confuse everyone. Then I’d pop along to a local park and spend the night there – frightening the squirrels.

Is it best to always tell the truth or is it sometimes better to tell a little white lie? It’s always best to tell the truth. Yes. Always. Absolutely. (Note for editor: That was a white lie. I have a professional profile to maintain.)

Thanks, Paul. (See, I told you he was funny.) I wish you luck with the boat building, but I don’t even want to know how you plan to scare the squirrels!



Paul’s debut novel is available on Amazon. It’s called ‘We Have Lost The President.’

(Ahhh – if only that were true, Paul!)


Don’t go away, there’s another guest due any minute …


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