Friday, March 15, 2013

goldfish are great pets

Ever have a goldfish? We did. We went through several. They are more maintenance than you'd think. But they are great pets as long as you don't mind them getting sick and dying for no apparent reason. Oh, and some are good at predicting the future...

Consider the little swimmer in DEATH, THE DEVIL, AND THE GOLDFISH. Written by Andrew Buckley, my "discoverer!" and the Acquisitions Manager at Curiosity Quills. Andrew is such an upbeat, motivated, funny guy, I wanted you all to get to know him (and Curiosity Quills) better. So I interviewed him...

Andrew, you aren't exactly a fish out of water here in North America. Tell us about your big leap across the pond!

AB: I was born in the North West of England in 1980, just as movies started getting good and music started to get bad. (what? I loved the 80s!) Knowing we were immigrating to Canada, I never really committed myself to life in the UK (why get comfortable with something if it was all going to vanish one day?). English people are generally grumpy. There’s really no good reason for the extreme lack of happiness over there. Not that I didn’t enjoy growing up there, I did. One thing you can say about the English, they’re hilarious.  A lot of my main writing influences come from English television, English writers, and good old fashioned English sarcasm.

YES! MONTY PYTHON!!!

AB: I was 17 when we moved to Canada. By this point I really wanted to be a screenwriter. I took some classes at the local college with a gentleman who became my writing mentor, and still is to this day, Timothy Perrin. Then I attended the Vancouver Film School, Writing for Film and Television program and graduated with Excellence. 7 years later my dog ate my diploma. I had moved away from screenwriting, as I was sick of writing so visually, and started writing what would become my first novel.

A long and winding road, eh? (ha ha) Sounds like your dog sensed your disenchantment. So how did you get started at CQ?

AB: Curiosity Quills found me in early 2011 and we had an instant kinship, mainly because we had a similar sense of humor.  In early 2012, they published a few short stories of mine on their blog. I was shopping around a new MS I’d written called ‘Stiltskin’ and they had some interest in it but it was tied up elsewhere, so they asked to look at the book I’d written previous...and the rest is still history in the making.  In late 2012 they offered me the position of Acquisitions Manager for CQ (mainly because of my rugged good looks and my love of talking cats...or something to that effect).

Indubitably! Thanks for this exclusive photo, btw.
CQ hasn't been around for long. How did it come about?

AB: I believe it was some sort of nuclear accident. The kind that creates superheroes and giant lizard monsters that eat Tokyo.

I knew it had to be a fantastic, spontaneous occurrence! You can't create stuff like that! 
CQ is one of many smaller publishing companies popping up with the handy dandy internet as its office. How do you think publishing is evolving?

AB: Publishing took a weird turn in the mid 2000s when literary agents decided to become publishers and publishers decided to become literary agents. The problem was that is authors just kept being authors.  The literary world is ruled by the Big 5 (or 6 depending on your point of view), and beneath them are the Indie Publishers and Small Press, and then somewhere under there are the self published authors. You can find amazing and dismal work in all areas. It’s never been easier to get your work out there into the world. The problem with that is it’s never been easier to get your work out into the world :) In an age where Justin Bieber gets discovered on You Tube and Twilight Fan Fiction becomes a bestseller, how do you stand out above the rest? The evolution continues...

Scary! Technology is powerful and dangerous in the wrong hands - we should respect it! Okay, final question. Do you have a goldfish? or other pets?

AB: I owned a goldfish once when I lived in Vancouver. His name was Sushi. An ill fitting name in hindsight as he ended up belly up when I left him in the care of my roommates one weekend. (they could have at least replaced it!) My wife and I currently own two cats.  One is an asshole and the other is indifferent. (ha ha! typical cats!!) We also have a very loving but needy dog who we adopted last year.  The inspiration for the cat in Death, the Devil, and the Goldfish came from a cat I owned when living in Vancouver. His name was Mr Bojangles and I’m fairly certain he was possessed by a malevolent spirit.  He was later eaten by a cougar (the feline type, not the kind that hang around in bars hunting young men).

A cougar? How strange! I wonder if he was involved in a secret cat society.
Thanks for coming over to visit, Andrew. It was great getting to know you.

AB: Thanks for letting me do this. Cheers!

Here are links for Andrew. Curiosity Quills is always on the lookout for more speculative fiction!


And if you'd like to celebrate in green style - you should check out Mark's Green Hop!
Have a blarney good weekend!!
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24 comments:

mooderino said...

Very interesting interview.

I used to have a goldfish but I couldn't handle the stringy poos it did and then swam around with.

mood
Moody Writing

Fida Islaih said...

Thanks for sharing the interview! You too, have a good weekend!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

A cougar ate your cat? Isn't that cannibalism?
Nice to meet you, Andrew!

Dana said...

Fun interview!

Have a great weekend. ☺

Suzanne Furness said...

Can't beat a bit of English sarcasm but really we're grumpy? I have to disagree!

There have been a number of goldfish in my life but only cats at the moment.

Shell Flower said...

Great interview. Curiosity Quills has some great authors. I won a goldfish at the fair one year at the same time I won a mini Rush (the band) mirror. So I named the goldfish Rush and the mirror lived in the fishbowl so Rush thought he had friends. He lived over a year, even surviving being tipped over by a cat and living in less than an inch of water for a day. My friend's little sister overfed him one day and he croaked. Alas.

Julie Luek said...

Fun interview and that cover is fantastic!

LD Masterson said...

Nice to meet you, Andrew. This was a fun interview. Although I find the thought of having a pet eaten by a cougar a bit unsettling.

Laura Marcella said...

We had tons of fish! My dad created beautiful fish tanks. Those fish definitely thought they were in the real ocean! Our tanks were awesome, like mini oceans right in our home. It was very cool!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Wonderful interview! The British definitely have a great sense of humor . . .maybe it comes from that grumpiness you mentioned? :) Not sure. Love the fish stories . . .I can only keep beta fish alive in my house, and actually got attached to the last one so we haven't gotten any since then. Goldfish just die if I take care of them . . .

I've heard so many awesome things about Curiosity Quills that I've been stalking them lately . . .it looks like a great place!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Excellent interview! Love the exclusive profile picture.

And thanks again Tara for the blog header. You outdid yourself!!!

C. Lee McKenzie said...

Amnybody influenced my MP has to write some darned spectacular stuff. I loved this interview and I love his cover.

Al Diaz said...

I had three golden fish and they lasted more than 10 years. No one believes this but they did. Then one died and the other two died few days after. They had become kind of symbiotic with each other.

Nice interview!

Gwen Gardner said...

Hey, it was great learning about Andrew! I had a goldfish once. It jumped out of it's bowl and I didn't find it for days. So what, life at my house was so bad it had to end it all?

VikLit said...

Very interesting interview. As a Brit I accept there's some good British humour (not sure we're ALL grumpy, ha ha, but the weather does make us grumbly). :)

Joyce Lansky said...

I'll keep my doggies.

http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

Yolanda Renee said...

Great interview Andrew, explains a lot! :)

abuckley23 said...
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abuckley23 said...

Thank you Tara, it was lovely to be interviewed by you! :) And thank you for everyone's kind comments. After you live in Canada for a while everyone else in the world seems grumpy :) On the flipside I still don't fully understand the Canadian sense of humor...

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Curiosity Quills has lots of great books. Thanks for the interview and Mark's blogfest is a lot of fun.

michelle said...

Fun interview! Great photo!
And hey, the 80's has produced some of the best music EVER!

abuckley23 said...

Alright Michelle, I'll believe many things but you can't convince me that there was good music in the 80s! :) Well...maybe Queen. But that's it!

abuckley23 said...

Oh, and if anyone would like to pick up Death, the Devil, and the Goldfish for your kindle for super cheap it's available for the next week for just 99 cents! Failure to take advantage of this deal may result in bits of you randomly falling off. Sure that could be just an idle threat, but why take the risk? :) http://amzn.to/YdbdN6

Nick Wilford said...

Great interview! Interesting AND funny. We had loads of goldfish and tropical ones. They do tend to die on you, but we had a psycho cannibal one once that kept trying to eat all the other fish - literally, their fins were bitten to shreds! We had to release it into the wild eventually to terrorise the local pond...