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Dunn by Kay Jay Book Tour and Giveaway :)
Dunn is a man driven by money and power – he just doesn’t have
any. What he does have - he thinks - is charm. He’s been honing his
manipulation skills as a charity collector for years, earning enough
commission to rent a bedsit and keep him in lager. But it’s time
for bigger and better things. He needs a break or a meal ticket and
rich, vulnerable looking Sophie Harris could be the answer.
The problem is,
Sophie seems immune to his charms.
When she isn’t at
work, she spends her time at a group which she won’t tell him
about. Worse still, she won’t commit to seeing him. It’s
infuriating and addictive, so when Sophie finally seems to melt and
asks him to come with her to a Salvation program meeting, Aidan is
putty in her hands.
At the meeting,
ex-model front woman, Yvette Blake, and the program’s charismatic
founder, doctor Jeffers, seem to be offering the route to money and
power that Aidan seeks. All he has to do is climb the ladder and
become a‘Savior’ with the chance of securing a lucrative
‘Salvation program’ franchise.
The problem is, it
costs too much. Fortunately, Sophie is willing to pay for him. She
needs recruits to progress in the program, so what has Aidan got to
lose? Nothing but his sanity, his freedom and his chance of true love
with fellow initiate, Lizzie.
When does a story start? When the action
starts? When a life starts changing? Or when a
life is formed? Surely a story isn’t complete without
the whole picture. A background canvas on which a life is
slowly painted, building up in layers as the years add depth and
character. But you won’t care about that. You
won’t care about my whole history. You’ll only want
the juicy stuff - the dirt on Yvette Blake; my reasons for joining
the Saviours. So, let’s start with why I joined. Let’s
start with my darling wife Sophie - the mad witch who ruined my life.
best thing about trying to get money out of people for charity is
that they usually trust you already. You must be a nice
guy if you are working for such a noble cause and for peanuts as
well, they assume. Because you already have their trust
half the battle is won. Sure, they often walk past with no
more than a ‘sorry man’ but pick the right ones and you’re
home and dry. Pick the guilty ones and they’ll sign up
without a fight. Sophie looked like one of those, and I
saw her coming a mile away.
your eyes,” she ordered, “and listen carefully to my voice. You
are lost … Lost in a wilderness of failure, scavenging
small scraps of success to stay alive. You are alone.”
suddenly, in that room full of people, knee brushing that of the
scary man next to me, a panic gripped me – because I was
alone in a storm of a world.
alone and no one I knew could help me – the only hope was
Yvette. And her voice was a beacon.
who wants to go first?” I asked.
do it,” offered Susie, squeezing past the others in pointy
boots. Her eyes met mine for a moment before the attendant
trust you,” she said. “You can do it, Aidan.”
snapped the attendant.
I said jovially. “Aidan Dunn and this is -”
leader’s name is sufficient thank you, Mr Dunn. Please
take your place by obstacle one.”
shrugged and led Susie to the first challenge – two narrow wooden
planks leaning either side of a tractor tire on the floor to form a
Susie,” I said as we reached the start. “The first
thing we have got is a ramp balanced – “
describing the obstacles!” snapped the attendant scribbling on her
clipboard. “Minus five points.”
I'm not being a mum, working or writing, I am a keen runner and open
water swimmer. I am also one below black belt in Tae Kwon Do (Korean
karate), though I tend to only make it to one class a week with my
son these days, so won't be making it to black belt anytime soon.
had the idea for Dunn years ago, when some one I knew had a friend
who got involved in a similar cult. I started writing the first
incarnation of the novel, whilst teaching English in China, but came
back and changed most of it after my son was born. The beginning and
ending have changed, thanks to the guidance from an award winning
author and playwright who has basically tutored me. My writing has
developed because of his guidance and I am now really happy with
dunn. It's ready to go. I hope you will enjoy it.
What is something something
unique/quirky about you?
I'm sure it’s
not unique or quirky, but I love endurance sports. I'm currently
recovering (hopefully) from sciatic nerve-related hamstring problems,
but before that knocked me for six in late January, I was training
for my third marathon. I had the injury coming, really. I got
over-excited about having a year’s sabbatical and did two Olympic
distance triathlons; a sprint triathlon and a 5k swim last summer,
without recovering at all after my second marathon. I then went
straight back into marathon training so it’s no wonder my poor legs
got grumpy. Actually, sitting and writing more than usual had a lot
to do with the problem. I got the novel, ‘Dunn’, finished and
out though, and I also finished draft one of a teenage mythology
adventure fantasy, so that was almost worth it. I'm now able to
slowly increase my running mileage and I've entered a half marathon
in October. I'm also training for another 5k open water swim in
September and doing an open water event at Coniston lake in the
Cumbrian Lake District in August. I'm mostly a sea swimmer, but we
love it up in the Lake District, and I'm trying to swim an event at a
different lake every year. So far, I've done something in
Windermere, Buttermere and Ullswater. I'd love to do the length of
Windermere but I'm a long way off of that as it’s eleven miles!
Tell us something really interesting
that's happened to you!
Worked as a TEFL
teacher in China for 6 months. It’s more something that I did than
something that happened, but that’s the best I've got. It was such
a different culture over there. It was good to see.
What are some of your pet peeves?
three abreast across the whole pavement and not moving over to let me
pass. Particularly bugs me when I have my son with me. Why should a
9-year-old have to walk on the road?
In a similar
vein, cyclists cycling at you two across at speed. I cycle, so I get
it, but it's not necessary. The other one that immediately springs
to mind is long, pointless meetings, but I have so many pet peeves I
could be here all day.
If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how
would you spend your last day?
On safari in
Africa with my family … we went last year and it was amazing. We
were lucky enough to see all of the big five, a number of times. The
African bush has a raw power that I've never experienced before. It
was humbling. Also, the food was amazing. I can't wait to go back.
I'd love to do the big five marathon, but I'm not sure I'm brave
Who is your hero and why?
I don’t really
have hero’s but there are tonnes of people I admire. It's hard to
narrow down, so as I am an avid runner, I'm going with Kathrine
Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston marathon in 1967. During
the race she was pushed by a marshal to try to get her off the
course/get her race number because women were not allowed to run
marathons then. She did it anyway! Scary how recent that is. Women
were not officially allowed to run Boston marathon until 1972. I’d
love to qualify for Boston and I'm aiming to try in the next year or
so if my legs let me.
What kind of world ruler would you be?
says a nagging tyrant
What are you passionate about these
In a bad way, The
plight of the planet: Pollution (plastic and chemical); climate
change; habitat destruction…. The list goes on. In a good way,
running and open water swimming
What do you do to unwind and relax?
Running and open
water swimming followed by wine and chocolate
How to find time to write as a parent?
difficulty. I've had a year’s sabbatical this year to finally get
‘Dunn’ out there, but we’ll see how I do when I start back to
teaching in September. I wrote a lot of ‘Dunn’ (the first three
drafts) as a working parent though. For me this has meant writing was
sporadic. I would say that has a lot to do with why it took me so
long to finish ‘Dunn’, but you can only do what you can do. I am
now able to be properly part time, so I'm hoping to keep the writing
habit I've developed this year going consistently on my two days at
As a writer, what would you choose as
your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
A dolphin. I love
them. Wish I could swim like one, though
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