Interview & Book Giveaway: Author Geoff Woodland

Welcome to Author Geoff Woodland.  I’m thrilled to have Geoff here to do an interview and giveaway.  Geoff has generously offered up 3 paperback copies and 10 ebook copies of his book Ice King for followers of this blog!

Bio:
I was born near the end of the second world war in Birkenhead, Merseyside, three streets away from the River Mersey, and the sounds and scent of the sea stimulated my imagination from an early age. I gained a scholarship to ‘HMS Conway’ Nautical Training College, where I spent two years before graduating to go to sea as a cadet with British India Steam Navigation Ltd.

After securing my Second Mates Ticket, I sailed as Third Officer in an LST (landing ship tanks) to Borneo during the Indonesian confrontation in the mid 60′s, and later cargo ships around the Far East, Australia & New Zealand before finally leaving the sea in 1969 to settle down and start a family with my lovely wife Maureen; eventually migrating to Australia in 1980 with our daughter and son.

I worked in the international courier and express freight industry, before starting my own company in 1995. I sold the company seven years later so as to have time to write and enjoy our children and three grandchildren.

Interview:

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
The past – Napoleonic times after reading C.S. Forester, Alexander Ken, Julian Stockwin & Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe series and of course WW2 – I grew up amongst bombed house (on Merseyside), playing with ration cards and listening to the stories told by my family about the war. Twice my father was aboard a ship that was sunk. Fortunately he survived both. It was ironic that 20 years after he was bombed & sunk off Bougie, Algeria, during Operation Torch, I joined the company that owned the vessel and spent eight happy years as a deck officer aboard the various company’s vessels trading around the Far East.

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
James Cagney,(for dancing) Julie London, (for singing), Noel Coward, (raconteur) my wife,(for love), Ken Dodd (Liverpool comedy)

What is one book everyone should read?
The Bible

What is the last book you read?
Fist of God – Frederick Forsyth

What is the last movie you saw?
Made in Daganeham – loved it – very ‘British’

When you were 12 years old what did you want to be when you grew up?
Coming from Merseyside (Birkenhead) and growing up with the smell of the sea and the
haunting sound of a ship’s sirens, I wanted to go to sea.

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
Admiral Nelson –

Which fictional character would you most like to meet?
Dirk Struan of James Clavell’s Taipan & Hornblower of C.S. Forester books

How many books do you read a week/month?
Not as many as I would like – life interrupts my reading.

Is there anything you need in order to write? (ie Chocolate, quiet, music)
Silence!

Night owl, or early bird?
Early bird

One food you would never eat?
Broad beans (sometimes called butter beans)

Who is your favorite author?
Who can pick a favourite from Stephen Leather, Frederick Forsyth, Somerset Maughan, Douglas Reeman, Bernard Cornwall, C.S.Forester, Ken Follett, Christopher Nicole to name just a few – it would be cruel to pick one and leave the others

Do you prefer to write on the computer or with paper?
Computer, it helps with the spelling :-o)

Paranormal or Normal?
Normal

What kind of book do you read when you get sick?
Sea books that I have already enjoyed – comfort zone :-o)

What is your favorite sport to watch on TV?
I don’t watch or follow any sport, although I did play rugby for North Wales in another life

If you could be any author, who would you like to be?
A toss up between James Clavell or Douglas Reeman

If you were a bird, which one would you be?
An albatross – as I would be able to cover the oceans on the wind.

If not a writer, you would have been?
Frustrated!

What is your favorite book that has been made into a movie?
Rather than a book, can I pick a play ? Casablanca !

What is your least favorite movie that came from a book?
Tai Pan

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
I hope that I will be able to entertain you.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
The ‘William’ books by Richmal Crompton before teens and & H.G.Wells
as a teenager

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
I gave individually inscribed copy to each of my family, as they knew how much
the book meant to me.

Learn more about Geoff & his book Ice King on his WEBSITE.  For a fabulous review please visit Historical Novel Review.

Ice King by Geoff Woodland:
In 1804, Liverpool was the largest slave trading port in Great Britain, yet her influential traders felt threatened by the success, in Parliament, of the anti-slavery movement. Few, in Liverpool, condemned the ‘Trade’. William King, son of a Liverpool trader, is sickened by what he experiences aboard a Spanish slaver, and dares to speak out against the Trade. This epic, set during the dying days of this despicable practice, has generational change, moral wickedness, greed, romance and the fortunes of war woven through the lives of a father and son caught up in the turmoil that preceded the implementation of the British Trade Act of 1807, which would end Britain’s involvement in the slave trade.

Giveaway:
Geoff is offering 3 paperback copies of his book Ice King plus 10 ebook copies.
1 Copy Shipped to US
1 Copy Shipped to UK
1 Copy Shipped to Australia
10 Ebook available to anyone.

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Giveaway open until December 14th.
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