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Tales of the Hiole by David Duffy

Tales of the Hiole by David Duffy

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Today I am on the Blog Tour for Tales of the Hiole and I am here with an author interview for you all.

Before I share that though, here’s some information on the book.

Title: Tales of the Hiole
Author: David Duffy
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Published: 1st March 2022
Source: N/A
Summary: The dreams of children are the most magical places, where anything is possible and there are no limits. Where entire worlds – even life itself – can be created with just a thought.

In one such amazingly ordinary world, imaginations collide and fantastically normal beasts are born. The land of The Hiole provides a safe place for these creatures to call home. The guardian of The Hiole and its residents is a creature known as The Frox. Half frog, half fox, this magnificent being has been charged with their safe-keeping. The Frox must guide these creatures back to finish their dreams. To remind them of who they came from and to ensure that their dreamers’ imaginations continue to flourish.

This story introduces the first ever guest of The Hiole, Lord Regibald. The Frox must find, befriend, and help him finish the dreams he was created in. If The Frox can’t convince Lord Regibald to travel back, his creators will be stuck in their unfinished dreams every night, unable to create anything new.

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Author Interview

What is your favourite thing about writing books?
Definitely the freedom. When you’re writing, you’re in control – unless you have an overactive imagination like me, then it’s hit and miss whether I’m in control or my hyperactive brain. You can mould the world to be and do whatever you need it to. It’s so much fun. When you first start creating a world you have this little corner of you. There are no restraints, no rules, no limits to what you create. Thats definitely the best part. After that though, you have to remember what you’ve previously created so all the different parts of your world join together neatly. It’s still super fun, but the more you create the more you have to slow down and structure the thought processes. Which isn’t always easy.

Who is your favourite character in your book and why?
It would definitely have to be The Hiole itself. The Hiole is essentially ‘imagination incarnate’. It’s a physical representation of the imagination, which is why it is constantly changing form. This character gives my brain the most freedom when writing about, i dont have to keep track of any details of looks, or size, or actions. The Hiole is everything at all times, but sometimes nothing. It’s a chaotic beauty that lives in all of us.

What is your favourite drink to consume while writing?
My two go-to drinks are black coffee, or sparkling water. I’m one of the strange ones that enjoys the taste of fizzy water. I have a soda stream set up in my office purely for keeping me in stock of fizzy water.

Do you have any bad habits while you’re writing?
I’m definitely a procrastinator. While I’m in full flow, it’s all good. As soon as i hit a minor thought block or I’m having a moment where i have too many thoughts at once, my mind will drift to other things. Then before i know it I’m on my phone, or I’ve gone out on my bike and that’s apparently me done for the day.

How did you research your book?
It’s difficult to research imagination without taking the fun out of it. Mostly, me and my daughter would make up bed time stories on the spot. We even came up with a system to keep it from becoming too difficult.
Pick a colour.
Pick a living object.
Pick a colour.
Pick a non-living object.
These two items would then form the base of the story. This not only helped to form some crazy objects, but it helps to keep the spark of imagination lit.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I would say more of a pantser. (Although i did have to Google this to find out what they were.)
This book was a 100% pantser creation. However, I’m currently writing the next one and have had to plot out what happens right from the start. This wasn’t intentional – i find the pantser approach a lot more fun – but before i had even started writing it, my imagination had already played out the whole story for me and I had to write it down so I didnt lose it.

If you could live in any fictional world, which would you choose and why?
Discworld. Definitely. Terry Pratchett had such an amazing way of describing his worlds. Every cobblestoned street, every magical building, every weird and wonderful being. Everything was immersive and fun. When they brought the Discworld stories to TV, they did not disappoint (Christmas isn’t Christmas in this house without watching The Hogfather). It was exactly as i imagined it would be from the books.

If you could befriend any fictional character, who would you choose and why?
Tony Stark. The imagination and drive of Tony would be so intoxicating and inspiring. His hyperactive personality and his focussed determination would make brainstorming sessions amazingly fun. That, and he has Iron Man suits lying all over the place. Maybe he’d let me have a go in one?

About the Author

Born in a British Army camp in 1980’s Germany, David has lived most of his life in Scotland. As one of 6 children, David’s childhood was never dull. This busy upbringing and range of personalities helped shape the imagination and sense of wonder that enabled David to birth such fantastical ideas as his first book, Tales of The Hiole. His vivid imagination and zest for creativity helped turn what started out as a bedtime story for his daughter into his first published work. A self-proclaimed ‘Jack of all trades, master of none’, David had always enjoyed story-telling and entertaining. Whether as a child volunteering with his grandmother for Riding for the disabled association, or as an adult working 12 hour shifts in the kitchens, he always found a way to entertain and make people laugh. Despite his outward and fun-loving personality, he would describe himself more as an avid introvert than anything else. It wasn’t until after his daughter was born that David realised how much joy and imagination his stories sparked in people. This realisation, and a little emotional blackmail from his daughter, led him to take the leap to becoming a published author.

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