Book Giveaway & Author Interview: For Whom the Curtain Calls by Ian O’Regan

Welcome to Author Ian O’Regan

Bio:

Ian O’Regan was born in Louisiana, but has lived much of his life in South Texas. He currently resides just outside the San Antonio city limits with his family, two truculent cats, and a Welsh dog with an Irish name born on Australia day.The official line is that Mr. O’Regan is currently working on the next Denton Rourke mystery novel. However, it is far more likely that he is at this moment playing golf, scratching his navel, or eating cereal. If you are reading this at night, he may actually be writing. Copious amounts of praise may be heaped upon him via his website, http://www.ianoregan.com/, though he’d prefer you simply tell all your friends.

Interview:

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
I would go back to the past. Specifically, I would go back to three weeks ago and warn myself to shut up before I got into that argument with my wife over upholstery colors.

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
Benjamin Franklin, Ronald Reagan, Charles Dickens, David McCullough, and John Cleese (this would make up for me using my time machine opportunity so poorly).

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
1. Giant box of contact lenses 2. Utility knife 3. Satellite phone

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
Dudley Moore (Of course, any answer automatically leaves hundreds of great choices behind, I know. I just figured I’d leave Gandhi, Churchill, and George Washington to others. Besides – Ben Franklin’s already coming to dinner!)

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Pancakes!

Night owl, or early bird?
No, thank you – just the pancakes.

One food you would never eat?
Tripe (I’m still unsure how exactly such a thing ever became defined as something to ingest). That and night owl. Ick.

Pet Peeves?
Rap music, bread that is stale the minute you walk out of the grocery, the price of toner, purposeful obtuseness.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
I wrote For Whom the Curtain Calls with the idea of creating a story that was intriguing, intense at times, yet always fun to read, which is a combination I don’t see as often as I’d like to in mystery novels.

Any other books in the works?
Yes, I have plans for a five-book mystery series featuring Denton Rourke. It could go longer, but I know of five solid stories I want to write for him.

Goals for future projects?
I have a YA adventure book I’ve been building for awhile, and one very different kind of mystery story I’d like to write eventually.

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
Growing up I loved reading good stories, hearing stories, repeating funny family stories I heard around my grandmother’s kitchen table. So as a kid, I started writing my own stories, putting my friends in as characters. I turned out to be pretty good at story building and telling, and after years of writing corporate communications for a living and loathing it, I finally got back to what I loved about writing as a kid: telling a good, fun story.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Getting an email from someone I didn’t know, telling me they loved the book. It meant a lot to me that someone got enough enjoyment out of it to reach out and let me know.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world which would it be?
Not sure, but whichever world I picked would have to have air conditioning.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
Though I don’t read it much anymore, when I was a teenager, I loved Science Fiction and read a book titled, Doorways in the Sand dozens of times. I still read it about once every year or so. Roger Zelazny could write in a way that mesmerized me.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Start with a singular goal: to entertain your reader. Don’t try to write what you think is “hot” or en vogue. Write something you think will entertain – period.

How did you know you should become an author?
Having been writing all my life, it took me awhile to realize that I was at my happiest in front of the keyboard. When I sat down to write this book, I noticed that I no longer cared what was on television, or what was happening on the Internet, or what new PC games had come out.

Who are your favorite authors of all time?
Douglas Adams, Michael Crichton, Evelyn Waugh, Roger Zelazny, Daschiell Hammett, Frank McCourt, James Lee Burke, (there’s no way to complete this list without leaving people out …)

What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had?
Oh, wouldn’t YOU like to know!

Favorite Food?
Eggs Stanley at Stella! in New Orleans. Poached eggs on English muffins with Creole hollandaise sauce, topped with fresh, cornmeal-fried oysters. Whenever I go home to see my family, I have to hit the French Quarter and go there for lunch.

If you were a super hero what would your kryptonite be?
Starbucks Doubleshot Mochas

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
Are You Always Like This? Hands down – no question – I’ve been asked that more times than I can remember. But I think it’s mostly been a complimentary question.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
First I just stared at the little “1” under the Sales header and grinned. Then I did the math on the royalty, and went right out and bought a small chocolate shake.

Favorite places to travel?
New Orleans, Disney World, and the Texas coast.

Favorite music?
Rock ‘n Roll (“Classic” and a little bit of newer stuff); Traditional Irish/Celtic music

Write a Haiku about your book:
Funny mystery
Can Denton Rourke Save The Day?
Either Way, You’ll Laugh

In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?
Douglas Adams (He wrote with serious absurdity, something I adore).

For Whom the Curtain Calls by Ian O’Regan
Discovering how a once-ornery theater worker became a crispy corpse with a missing arm ranks on Denton Rourke’s, “Things I’d love to do” list slightly below having his wisdom teeth removed with a shovel.

But when Denton is offered actual money to assist, the community college teacher by day and amateur detective by whenever it suits him agrees to investigate the scene of the crime: an aging yet historic concert venue. Surprisingly, Denton’s first major case doesn’t spin out of control for almost an entire afternoon.

Then a powerful talent manager insists on an overly rapid resolution so his legendary band can play the theater without the minor inconvenience of being killed, and a pair of obtuse thugs with their own agenda stop by to visit. And to ensure complete chaos, Denton’s long-time, fantastic girlfriend wrinkles his personal life by reaching her limit on giving affection to an emotional klutz with the romantic instincts of a frozen waffle.

As the body count rises, the loveable yet infuriating sleuth must control his mercurial demeanor and acerbic tongue as he evades inept goons, outwits home appliances, frees large, cranky birds, and tries to stop a madman’s unthinkable scheme. Then if he has time (and isn’t dead), Denton Rourke must convince the love of his life that he really is worth the effort.

Which task will prove the most impossible is anyone’s guess.

Giveaway Details:
1 copy of For Whom the Curtain Calls
Open to US & Canada
Ends 4/15/11

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