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Amazing Authors in August!

Summer is finally here! In three words, tell us how are you spending your summer this year?!

Timor, Sumatra, surfing.


Childhood memories - what was summertime in your childhood like?

Most of my childhood summers were at the beach with either my dad or my grandparents. For some reason, the sea seemed warmer and it was always sunny! I suppose that's how memory acts though. It must have rained, and there must have been wind... I think.


Where would you most like to Get Caught Reading this summer & why?

I'd most want to Get Caught Reading at home late autumn when I tend to have lots of writing work and find it hard to turn my hand to chilling with a book. It's so important though, so I'm determined. Key is to read what you love, then it's always a pleasure.


You create amazing characters in your books! Which one would you choose to spend summer with & why?

Can I cheat and say two? Luca and Gaby. Although that would be odd as they're teenagers. But in theory I reckon they'd LOVE a big journey somewhere rare and it would be really interesting to see their take on it all.


Reading is the ultimate escape! Which book ‘world’ would you escape to for summer & why?

Probably one of the ones in Murakami's novels. I reckon the Kochi jungle time warp from Kafka on the Shore would be amazing if you had the guts to stay once the entrance stone moved and it closed again.


Summer survival - name the three most essential things you take on holiday?

Wax, zinc, peanut butter.


Summertime selfie – who would you have a selfie with this summer & why? (Fictional, historical, alive today)

Shakespeare! He had the right ideas about story sharing and plagiarism. And his language would be even more epic if he'd met surfers.


Summertime travel – train, plane, automobile or other?

Will have managed most of them by the end of this summer. Throw scooter in as well as in Indonesia it's just about everyone's mode of transport - and boats too!


Inside or outside - best place to be creative in the summer?

Has to be outside - especially if you live in the British Isles, where the outdoors can be a challenge for half the year. That said, some of the experiences I've had outdoors in winter can be pretty inspiring too!


Essential summer reads! Stuck on permanent summer vacation? What three books would you choose to have with you?

I'd have to take a Steinbeck with me, either The Pearl, Of Mice and Men or The Grapes of Wrath. I love a Murakami book too, although which one would be a tough choice. For my third... Well, I loved Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being - such a clever book - so I'd love to re-read that, because it's one of those books where you'd be bound to spot new stuff each time you read it.



Thank you for participating - have a great summer!

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We wanted to find out what some of our amazing authors get up to in the summer months! Are they furiously writing their next masterpiece, surfing the seven seas, trekking through the Himalayas or curled up in the sun with a good book? Read on to find out more...



Tom Anderson


"Tom Anderson is the author of bestselling surf travel books, 'Riding the Magic Carpet', 'Grey Skies Green Seas' and 'Chasing Dean' (all Summersdale). He wrote a Quick Read, 'Code Black', in 2014 and a noir crime novel, 'The Actaeon Tide' (Parthian). His YA Novel 'Luca, Son of the Morning, deals with mental-health issues. He lives in on the coast of South Wales, teaches English in Cardiff and is the current Chair of the Welsh Academy. He is also senior British Surf Champion 2015."


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