I’m Mark Jackman, and I have recently had my debut novel, The Great Right Hope, released by LL-Publications.
Firstly, thanks to Tami for letting me run free on You Gotta Read Blogspot. You are all lined up for a double-whammy of British bumbling charm as you have got me today, and tomorrow Tony McGuin, author of the hilarious Ordinary World, also published by LL-Publications, will be completing the double act. We aren’t really a double-act, as such, although there was one time, but we were drunk, young and in need of the money.
I’ll tell you a bit about myself before plugging my book. It would be rude not to.
I’ll be twenty-nine on Friday (24th), so if anyone wants to send me a present, please don’t hesitate. Thoughtful gifts are good, but hard cash is better. As you already know I’m British, English to be precise. I was born in Great Yarmouth, a tacky little seaside town, but now live in Loughborough, which is a longbow away from Robin Hood country. I am a research scientist (analytical chemistry), by trade, and I’m hoping to make it as a writer as the science doesn’t always go well for me. So far, I have stabbed myself in the chest with a syringe full of drugs, set fire to the lab and splashed concentrated acid on my face. I am not a self-harmer; I’m just not very good at science. For more interesting factoids about me, check out my website: http://www.mark-jackman.com/
So why did I start writing? I was twenty-four with no commitments and was playing too much Playstation. I decided to do something more constructive with my time and it was a flip of a coin between writing and bullfighting. After losing both testicles in the nastiest goring that southern Spain has ever seen, I decided that writing was a better option.
And I really enjoyed it, and I kept doing it. Before I knew it, The Great Right Hope was finished! Which leads me nicely on to my plug:
The Great Right Hope is the tale of Sid Tillsley, a forty-six year old disability benefit-fraudster, from the north of England, and one thing sets him apart from his northern brethren. Yes, he's an overweight alcoholic, and he's also sexist, homophobic and a lazy git... but what makes him different is that he can kill vampires with a single punch.
Now, as you can imagine, killing a vampire with a big right hand is pretty amazing. After all, the undead are big, tough guys who can regenerate and stuff, and if anyone could kill them, the first time Dracula tried to break into a virgin’s bedroom, he would have been maced by the safety-conscious lady, tasered, arrested, sent to prison and turned into Big Dave’s bitch. So, when Sid kills a vampire, the whole vampire world is thrown into a state of shock.
In the north of England, another monster has arisen, and one who doesn't subscribe to 'Tits' magazine. A vampire beast is stalking the Yorkshire moors, mutilating and destroying everything in its path. The vampire elders realise that the Firmamentum has cast its shadow on the world once more. A phenomenon, which happens every few millennia, where a human and a vampire are born ultimately powerful and destined to oppose each other. If Sid doesn't face the vampire monster, it will jeopardise the relative peace between the species and full-blown war will be inevitable.
That's all well and good, but Sid just wants to get drunk down the pub with his mates, and, maybe, just maybe, end his two year drought with the ladies. Besides, Sid has more important things to worry about... the Social Security Disability Benefit Fraud investigators are on to him, and, if they see him fighting, they'll realise that he has been illegally claiming disability benefit for his bad back and dodgy heart.
That’s The Great Right Hope in a nutshell. There’s more on my website http://www.mark-jackman.com/
I am now on the promotional bandwagon! I have started one unusual promo technique... A picture speak thousand words, or so I have been told. I have no idea how many words a video of grown men, prancing around singing songs about slightly odd sexual acts would speak. I’ll let you decide. Mark-jackman.com proudly presents the fattest, oldest and most talentless boyband in western society: FIVE INCHES OF STEEL! http://www.youtube.com/user/
I am now a Blogger for those who are interested in such things: http://mark-jackman.com/blog/ I intend to write about anything that catches my eye. So far, I have covered subjects such as Elvis’s miraculous ability to perform after eating cheeseburgers, the death of all books, why all modern day heroes are crap and why no-one interesting ever knocks on my door anymore. Come pay me a visit if you’re bored, or you have ever wondered how the King could perform after eating so many burgers. Oh, and I am always open to guest blogging appearances, like this one. If you want me, I’m yours!
So that is me and my work! Thanks for stopping by, and thanks once again to Tami. I’d love to hear from any writers/readers/non-violent stalkers out there, so please drop me a mail if you want to say hello, firstname.lastname@example.org