Blog Tour | Mummy Wears Blue Shoes by Scott Furlong
September 10, 2020
Mummy Wears Blue Shoes by Scott Furlong
Today I am on the Blog Tour for Mummy Wears Blue Shoes by Scott Furlong and I am here with an interview with the author.
Before I share that though, here’s some information on the book.
Title: Mummy Wears Blue Shoes Author: Scott Furlong Publisher: Clink Street Publishing Published: 1st September 2020 Format: Paperback Source: N/A Summary: Emily is five-years-old. She wears pink ballerina shoes and wants to be a ballerina when she grows up.
Emily’s mummy and daddy are both special police officers called detectives. Lately, Emily has noticed that her mummy hasn’t been spending time with her. She has stopped taking her to dancing lessons and her older brother, Jackson, to his rugby lessons. One night, Emily sees her mummy crying on the sofa being comforted by her daddy. At a family meeting Emily learns that her mummy is poorly with something that the doctor calls Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Mummy Wears Blue Shoes is a heart-warming story about a family who are living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is a story written about a family, for families by a family, by author Scott Furlong with illustrated by his cousin Emma Cahill.
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What is your favourite thing about writing books? For me, there are many favourite things about writing books, but overarching would be the freedom to create. You get to set the genre, the storyline and develop the characters, so you really are free to create a form of micro world and share that with the reader. You get to create the world in which your characters live and give them a kind of heart beat so to speak. Writing for me is very personal and it’s about connecting with other people regardless of the genre.
When writing ‘Mummy Wears Blue Shoes’, the characters were alive in my mind, but when Emma, created the illustrations for the characters, they really came alive. I remember looking at the illustration of Emily for the first time and thinking ‘Wow, this really is a little person’.
I am working on a number of books at the moment, a few children’s books, a follow-up to ‘Mummy Wears Blue Shoes’, and a novel. So, I would say my favourite thing about writing books is connecting with the reader.
Who is your favourite character in your book and why? When I first started to think about writing ‘Mummy Wears Blue Shoes’, I started with the theme and the character Emily. I first conceived the idea for this book around 2011, when my wife was going through the acute stages of PTSD. At that time our son was about 4 years-old, so I guess I see a lot of my son in her at that age and her vulnerability. As the process of the book developed so did Emily as a person and so did my relationship with her. So, I would have to say I am closest to Emily.
Emma did a wonderful job illustrating the grandparents and when I saw them, I mediately fell in love with them. They embodied everything you think about when you think of grandparents. They represent how important family is, particularly during trying times.
What is your favourite drink to consume while writing? I think it depends on where I am and what I am writing. My usual go to is Coffee, coffee, coffee!!!
Although a nice pot of earl grey tea, somewhere relaxing can really transport you to that creative space
Do you have any bad habits while you’re writing? No real habits that I can think of. Probably unconsciously I may. As a former detective, I am very strict on fine grain detail and that can send me down a few rabbit holes so to speak.
How did you research your book? For ‘Mummy Wears Blue Shoes’, the research was all personal experience. Having lived with PTSD, for about 15 years and helping my wife go through it and watching our son deal with it, I had a lot of experience to draw from.
Are you a plotter or a pantser? Ooh, a hard one. I would generally have to say I am a plotter; I have well thought out and researched story lines. I have folders of research for the novel I am writing at the moment. BUT and it is a big but, the more research I do the more that can tend to steer the direction of the story, so it’s kind of fun. The story really is alive and I don’t really know how the story is going to end! Keeps thing exciting.
If you could live in any fictional world, which would you choose and why? It would have to be Jack West Jnr, from Matthew Reilly. Adrenaline packed. Although the outcome isn’t so good for some of the characters and I suspect it would be quite tiring but what a heck of an adventure.
If you could befriend any fictional character, who would you choose and why? Definitely Harry Clifton, from Jeffry Archer’s, The Clifton Chronicles. Harry reminds me of my maternal grandfather, he was a great honourable man.
About the Author
Scott Furlong resides in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on a 10-acre equine property. He medically retired from the Queensland Police Service after 20 years’ service with PTSD and Depression in December 2019. He was a detective for 18 years and worked in Homicide, Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Task Force, Organised Crime and Officer in Charge of a Criminal Investigation Branch. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Law and a Masters of Professional Studies (Research). His love of learning didn’t develop until he was in his early 40s. Scott’s wife was also a detective and worked in child protection. In 2011, she also medically retired from QPS with PTSD. They have one son who is 14 years old. Scott has a great love for reading and writing. He also loves cooking and sports.