Jonathan Broughton’s Next Big Thing!
What is the working title of your next book?
Quirks: Four Humorous Stories http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B00BJZE
Where did the idea for the book come from?
Quirks, contains four different stories.
The Pensioner Pirates of Marine Parade is set in the future. Following medical breakthroughs at the beginning of this century, the elderly are now living for much longer, producing a burden on care and government finances. A scheme of voluntary euthanasia has been implemented to encourage families with elderly relatives to have them ‘put down.’ Two old ladies fight against this legislation on moral grounds as well as personal. This story first appeared in Cutlass: Ten Tales of Pirates, edited by Rayne Hall.
Winter Flower is about a young Victorian woman’s infatuation with a servant working for an old aristocratic lady. She wants to be alone with him, but the strict rules that governed the etiquette of the times forbids any such meeting. When she does realise her wish, she is very surprised by the outcome. The old lady isn’t all she seems either. This story first appeared in Bites: Ten Tales of Vampires, edited by Rayne Hall.
Educating Puff reveals the difficulties faced by an individual who does not fit into society because they are different: in this case, a baby dragon. The old man who hatched him has put his name down for the local primary school, but when he never attends an Education Officer is sent round to investigate. Her ‘box ticking’ is thrown into chaos when confronted by Puff.
Battenberg Blues is a farce about mistaken intentions. The action unfolds over afternoon tea in an English suburban home. A naked man, a young policeman and a red sequinned pouch all play a part in the unfolding mayhem.
What genre does your book fall under?
Short Stories/ Fiction/ Fantasy and Contemporary.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Michael Gambon as the old man in Educating Puff. Ann Reid and Jean Alexander in Battenberg Blues. They could be in The Pensioner Pirates of Marine Parade too. Maggie Smith as the old lady in Winter Flower, with Anne Hathaway as the young woman and Hugh Jackman as the butler.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of the book?
Quirky characters pitched against corporate and social institutions.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your masterpiece?
Each story takes me about a month to complete. I had the idea for The Pensioner Pirates of Marine Parade for about two years before I wrote it. Battenberg Blues was written during a series of writing workshops led by a local writer to my area, VG Lee.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Such Darling Dodos by Angus Wilson, though he wrote contemporary stories, not fantasy, and the short stories of Oscar Wilde.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I’ve always enjoyed ‘Saki’s’ (HH Munro) short stories. I enjoy their sharp edged wit with the hint of a nasty undercurrent.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It’s one of a series of books of short stories. The others are: Roadkill: Four Nasty Stories, Gifts: Four Poignant Stories and Twisted: Four Paranormal Stories. My Amazon home page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B006SFLK8W And you can follow me on Twitter: @jb121jonathan