Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve with C H Cleppitt #IWoreHeels #humor #scifi #LGBTQIA #freebook

I’m delighted that C H Cleppitt has joined me for a festive sherry and a mince pie this Christmas Eve.

C H’s brilliant, hilarious novella I Wore Heels to the Apocalypse is FREE this Christmas. What a wonderful gift!

So, tell me…erm, is it safe for badgers to eat mince pies—oh, never mind.

Deb: Do you have any writing quirks?
C H: I don't know that I have any quirks. In terms of writing I just have to sit down and do it when the mood takes me, which isn't always.  Working collaboratively is good because there's always someone pushing you forward.  My stories are very character driven, so I spend a lot of time just getting to know the characters, then I let them run wild and see where they take me. Usually it's all sorts of strange places!

Deb: Jaffa cakes: cakes or biscuits?
C H: Biscuits! I am particularly fond of a ginger nut... Jaffa Cakes are a weird hybrid creature that is not quite a biscuit and not quite a cake, far too confusing on the palate!

Deb: Who is your favourite badger?
C H: Tough call.  There's Badger from The Animals of Farthing Wood, or Badger from The Wind in the Willows, or Badger from Bodger and Badger.  I think it's fair to say that I am very pro badgers, and wouldn't like to pick a favourite...

Deb: Tell us the funniest joke you know.
C H: Joke?! Eeek... erm... no... I have failed on this question.

Deb: How many stories have you published and where can we find them?
C H: I have published 13 stories (how unlucky, better get to work on number 14) which can all be found on Amazon. I have also some free shorts available on Newsnibbles, and have a collaboration with Fantasy author Samuel Z Jones which will soon be released in a quarterly magazine. There are some sample stories from that available to read free on Patreon.

Deb: What will you be doing in the apocalypse?
C H: Not worrying about what anyone thinks of me, and doing whatever the hell I want! One thing's for damn sure. I will NOT be wearing heels.

Blurb:
Is anyone truly prepared for the apocalypse?

Well, Kerry certainly isn’t, and she fairly quickly discovers that looking sharp in a business suit and heels is not going to help anyone when there’s an apocalypse, with possible zombies!

Together with a super spy, an ex girl guide and a personal trainer with manly foraging skills, Kerry must battle terrifying religious cults, rich people and her personal demons, all whilst having the daily chore of deciding what to wear.

This is a laugh out loud comedy with romance, heart and talking badgers, and is not to be missed. What would you wear to the apocalypse? #IWoreHeels

Purchase Links:
FREE ON AMAZON Christmas Eve to Boxing Day (24-26 December inclusive)
Amazon: http://mybook.to/IWoreHeels

My (quite short) Review:
This story made me laugh out loud quite a few times (a lot, actually, but you look bonkers laughing to yourself). The main character is nowhere near as hopeless as she thinks - her humility is one of her many strengths. It's a fun story, and the characters are all endearing in their own bizarre way.

Even more awesome(r), there's a sequel! Everything is Better With a Cape: The Second Part to I Wore Heels to the Apocalypse.

About the Author:
C H Clepitt has a Master’s Degree in English Literature from the University of the West of England. As her Bachelor’s Degree was in Drama, and her Master’s Dissertation focused on little known 18th Century playwright Susannah Centlivre, Clepitt’s novels are extremely dialogue driven, and it has often been observed that they would translate well to the screen.

Since graduating in 2007, she gained experience in community and music journalism, before establishing satirical news website, Newsnibbles in 2010. In 2011 she published her book, A Reason to Stay, which follows the adventures of disillusioned retail manager, Stephen, as he is thrust into village life and the world of AmDram. Clepitt’s feminist fantasy, The Book of Abisan not only crosses worlds, but confuses genres, and has been described as a crime drama with magic. She has often said that she doesn’t like the way that choosing a genre forces you to put your book into a specific little box, and instead she prefers to distort the readers’ expectations and keep them guessing. Her 2016 work, I Wore Heels to the Apocalypse does just that, as just like the characters, the readers won’t know what’s going on in this laugh out loud satirical scifi.

Website: http://www.chclepitt.com/

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