MBA&M AND CADANCE GROUP PRESENTS….
THE GORDONSTON LADIES DOG WALKING CLUB
DUNCAN:Well, I am English but I have lived in the United States since 2002.
After serving in the military for 20 years I began working as a Purser aboard some of the world’s largest private vessels. I’ve worked for many high profile individuals, and have been fortunate enough to visit some of the world’s most luxurious and exotic places.
I love comedy, and I write for various websites, have written material for comedians and have actually done a stint performing as a stand-up comedian myself.
I am a former boxer, representing the Royal Navy and an English under 19 team as an amateur.
I am fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and get by with Russian and Arabic. My hobbies and passions are cooking, the Israeli self defense art of Krav Maga, Esgrima Criolla (The South American Art of knife Fighting)and the deadly pressure point martial art Dim-Mak.
I live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and “tweet” a lot!
DUNCAN: Gordonston itself! I lived in the neighborhood where the book is set. I was inspired by the quirkiness of some of my neighbors, and the eeriness of the neighborhood. Often I walked around the tree-lined neighborhood, especially during the summer months and encountered not one person. The park in the book does exist, and I use to walk my dog there. I found it eerie that I was surrounded by these beautiful homes and had no idea what was going on behind the closed doors. I figured it would be a great location for a suspense mystery, with some kind of quirky characters thrown in to the mix.
MBA&M: Why did you chose the suspense genre and dogs?
DUNCAN:The location and setting was ideal for a suspense thriller/mystery because it felt as though there were REAL secrets behind some of the closed doors. I love stories, movies, books…anything with a twist, and a good “who done it” – so I decided not only would I write a who done it – but would make it a “who did it” also, with as many well thought out plot twists as I could muster!
Dogs? Well, what is more normal and commonplace than someone walking a dog? And who would ever think a nice lady walking a dog could possibly want somebody murdered?
MBA&M: Who was your favorite secondary character and why?
DUNCAN: Ignatius Jackson, he was fun because though he seems just like a nice old guy whose only crime is failing to clean up after his dog…he has a secret…and it was fun portraying him as an innocent secondary character while all the time he (SPOILER) knows exactly what all of his neighbors are plotting……
MBA&M: What are some interesting facts you found while writing “The Gordonston Ladies Walking Club”?
DUNCAN: That 1 in 5 people in Savannah own a dog! And that of those who own a dog, 1 in 3 own more than one!
MBA&M: If you could have dinner with one of your characters which one, why and where would you go?
DUNCAN: Considering all the characters are flawed and potential killers, or would want to have someone killed that is a very tough question. I think Cindy Mopper, and I chose her because she is the closest to good. I wouldn’t think I would want to be seen in public with ANY of these characters so we could eat at her place, her home cooked food….obviously I would, though, make sure she tasted it first……
MBA&M: What is your favorite time of day and what motivates you the most to write?
DUNCAN: My favorite time of day is mid-morning and that is because by then I have read my e-mails, caught up on correspondence and worked out what I need to achieve for the day. I like to have a coffee at around 10:30 and then I am set.
Having a good and sometimes fun story to tell motivates me to write. I get a fantastic feeling when someone reads something I have written and enjoys it and tells me that it made their day, whether it be a joke, a tweet, a comedy news article or a chapter of my book. My motivation is the reward of someone appreciating the work I produce.
MBA&M: Please tell our readers how or where to connect with you and where they may purchase your title?
DUNCAN:My book is available online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and all major online retailers, both as an e-book and as a paperback AND hardback! I have a website www.thegordonstonladiesdogwalkingclub.com with a full bio and a contact e-mail address. The book is also stocked at several locations in Savannah, can be ordered from any bookstore in the USA, UK and Australia (if they do not have copies in stock).
I also have a very interactive Facebook fan page, which I invite everyone to visit https://www.facebook.com/TheGordonstonLadiesDogWalkingClub and I would be only to happy to connect on a personal level with any of your readers to discuss any aspects of writing, comedy writing and indeed any subject!
I can also be found on twitter @DuncanWhitehead – where I tweet jokes (original jokes) and link to my comedy work on the web!
MBA&M: Thank you for spending time with us and our readers today. What an interesting interview.
THE GORDONSTON LADIES DOG WALKING CLUB
- Paperback: 196 pages
- Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing (November 14, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1457514508
- ISBN-13: 978-1457514500
Book Description(From Amazon)
As old friends vie for the attention of widower, Alderman and mayoral candidate Elliott, jealousies surface and friendships are strained. An old woman with a dark secret and an infamous uncle plots her revenge for a perceived wrong done over thirty years before, a once successful children’s writer with his own secret is haunted by memories of the past and aspiring model Kelly Hudd has just won the trip of a lifetime.
As secrets are revealed and history, both old and recent, unravel and an intertwined web of deceits and lies surfaces in the middle class neighborhood a killer lurks and is anyone really who they seem to be? A mysterious European gentleman in South America, a young Italian count parading the streets of Paris and a charitable and kind hearted nephew recently arrived from India add to the remarkable assortment of characters in this story of intrigue, deceit and revenge. What is the secret a recently retired accountant is trying to hide and just why did the former showgirl and attractive sixty two year old widow Carla Zipp really have plastic surgery?
As the plot thickens and the Georgia summer temperature rises we discover who is destined for an early-unmarked grave in the wooded park that centers the tree-lined avenues of Gordonston.
A mysterious organization with links to organized crime, a handsome fire fighter who can do no wrong and a trio of widows with deep hidden agendas compound a story of simplistic complexity. As twists and turns lead the reader to a conclusion that they will not see coming and a sucker punch ending that will leave readers breathless, the Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club’s top priority remains the need to chastise the culprit who refuses to ‘scoop’ after his dog walking sessions in their treasured park.
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