Monday, February 16, 2009

Save the Best for Last and Book giveaway

I had the great opportunity to interview Mr. Hanks. You can read my review below.



I want to thank you for letting me interview you.

Thank you too for having me here, Cheryl.


Please tell everyone about yourself? Also please share something about yourself that people would be surprised to learn about.

Nice question, sincerely, I’m a guy down to earth. I’m a pleasant person, I like listening to people of all kinds. Becoming a published author was one of my resolutions I made at the beginning of last year, after realizing that I had a plenty of catchy stories which the world would like to read.
I have a full time job, I read daily as writer and writing is something I love doing apart from my hr career.


What is it like living in Dubai?

Dubai is such an amazing multicultural city and it has become so, in unimaginable period. It’s a dynamic place with wonderful people from all corners of the world; I love the place as continues to develop predominantly among many other Middle Eastern cities.


Do you have any type of routine when you’re writing?

Honestly yes, writing daily is a must to me except on the weekends. I always write late in the nights and some few mornings on my day off’s. But I prefer writing late at night because it’s more convenient to me at the moment.


Writing in the morning would be great, if I was writing full time. But some days I get dilemma in deciding what to do first between writing and answering emails of which some may be requiring urgent attention.


Anyway, I will deal with it when I start writing full time.


What is your favorite food to eat?

Oh gosh!!! My favorite food? Butter chicken with rice and French fries makes a good meal for me, if you’re to invite me for lunch.


How did you come up with the concept for Save the Best for Last?




On this, I must concede that the concept of Save the best for last was a day dream I had one afternoon when I was lying reluctantly on my bed. I remember everything was just visually crazy in making before I grab a key board on to my lap. So, as a person who loved writing and the fact that I’m a creative writing student, I knew this was a novel event. From that day, I decided to put it in writing as visual aspects continued to unfold endlessly until now.


One of the main characters in the book is named Zwick. I am curious how you came up with this name?

Well, his name is a bit exotic, I admit that. But Zwick is one of the most popular male names used in green oasis, a fantasy town. I didn’t have to use my neighbors’ names or look for a baby names book to get the name of my hero. As a fantasy author, hopefully the next “Stephen King” I thought it was important for me to sit, think and see how my work would stand unique from other works. But Zwick is just a name out of my imaginations.


How did you react to the news, when you heard that your novel, Save the Best for Last was going to be published by Raider Publishing International?

It was on my birthday when I received a call, that my manuscript had been accepted. It was the greatest surprise I got on my 21st birthday. I jumped up with joy to an extent of mashing my friend’s foot.



What else do readers have to look forward to from you?

A sequel to save the best for last is on the way. I also have two single title books in editing process; hopefully they will be available for my readers in a near future.



I’m also tempted to say that, we have received two movie proposals for save the best for last. But I can’t disclose more that at this moment.


What is the one piece of advice you want to give readers?

Definitely, I advise my readers. Never rush to get things done for no good reason and always stand up for what you believe in…even if it means standing alone.
I also recommend you to read my book, save the best for last to readers.



Thank you again for allowing me this interview. I appreciate it.

It has been a privilege to me.


To read more about Mr. Hanks and his book go to his website




Mr. Hanks was very generous in the fact that he is giving away five copies of his book to anyone in the world.

To enter. Left a comment for Mr. Hanks with your email address. Contest ends Feb 28th.

56 comments:

Michelle Kuo said...

Yay a giveaway! I'm liking that name, "Zwick"!

michelle.kuool(at)yahoo(dot)com

tetewa said...

I'd like to be included, count me in! tWarner419@aol.com

GirlwiththeBraids said...

You have some great advice! :D And on your website, I love the steaming coffee! (It's so realistic.)

-ReadingToMyself(at)yahoo(dot)com

naida said...

great interview! Save the Best for Last sounds like a great book. I like his advice for readers.

http://thebookworm07.blogspot.com/

carolsnotebook said...

What a great birthday surprise for him. Sounds like a good story based on the review. I'd love to be entered int he giveaway.

carolsnotebook at yahoo dot com

Ann Diana Dinh, said...

First off, I love the title of the book! And I liked how you came up with the concept of it. Original!

behapppppppy(at)hotmail(dot)com

Mishel said...

Mr. Hanks does seem very down to earth (= I like french fries too lol I'd love chance to win this book

mishtakes AT gmail DOT com

Karen in TN said...

Great interview and thanks for the giveaway.

ko _ lists [at] gmail [dot] com

Steph Su said...

Wow, a young author! I'd like to read this book. :)

stephxsu at gmail dot com

mindy said...

sounds awesome thanks for the giveaway

taterbug said...

Thank you for the great interview. I'd love to have a copy of the book.

cathyandharold[at]gmail[dot]com

scottsgal said...

Fun interview to read. Save the Best sounds like a great read - please count me in

scottsgal said...

forgot to add my email

msboatgal(at)aol(dot)com

silverhartgirl said...

Wow you got the news on your birthday that is a super great present I wounder how your 22nd can top that.
silverhartgirl at gmail.com

techyone said...

Great interview, the book sounds like a wonderful read. Thank you.

AmandaSue said...

Sounds like a great book, I'd love a chance to read it thanks!

Bridget said...

I've posted this on Win A Book. No need to enter me in the contest.

liane66 said...

Thanks for the giveaway!
kimspam66(at)yahoo(dot)com

rhapsodyinbooks said...

Very interesting interview! Please count me in for the contest.

aprilperlowski said...

This sounds like it will be a fun book to read. Please enter me in your contest.

aprilperlowski@yahoo.com

bridget3420 said...

Please enter me in the contest. Thanks:)

bridget3420(at)yahoo(dot)com

nhertel85 said...

I'd like a chance to win.

nhertel85 AT yahoo DOT com

Mo from Unmainstream Mom Reads said...

I think it's really cool that Mr. Hanks aspires to be the next Stephen King. I'm looking forward to seeing & reading many more of Mr. Hanks' books in the future.

Tisa said...

Love the title & cover for this book. Please count me in the drawing - would love to read this book! :) THanks!

sounders68 [at] gmail.com

traymona said...

You had me at "the next Stephen King". I'm in to win, I hope.
traymona[at]aol.com

olympianlady said...

Okay, 'Zwick' sold me. That may be my new favorite word, and since nobody who hasn't read the book knows what it is, you can use it for anything just to see how people react. And when you used the phrase 'the next Stephen King', I had to enter the drawing. Thanks for doing a giveaway.

tiffanyak1986(at)hotmail(dot)com

Bunny B said...

Sounds intriguing! I'd love to read this. Thanks!
bunnybx at gmail . com

Tammy said...

It sounds like a good book. Thanks for the contest.

Sara said...

Book sounds terrific. Please enter me. Thanks! Sararush (at) hotmail (dot) com.

Sara said...

Book sounds terrific. Please enter me. Thanks! Sararush (at) hotmail (dot) com.

Wendy said...

Sounds like a wonderful read. Please enter me :)

wendyhines (at) hotmail (dot) com

Valorie said...

Butter chicken? That sounds delicious.

I agree about standing up for what you believe, though it's so hard to do when you have to stand alone. Even though we all, for the most part, grow up in a society that teaches us to be individuals, no one wants to be alone.

Valorie
morbidromantic@gmail.com

violetcrush said...

That is some amazing information :)
He has a full time job, he lives in Dubai and he is only 21, okay maybe add 1-2 years till the book published :)

I tried making butter chicken once and it wasn't bad actually. I just need a little more practice :)

Please enter me, this book sounds great.

elizascott2005[at]yahoo[dot]co[dot]in

MJ said...

Please count me in!

kathy55439 said...

great review......

Renee G said...

A very nice, but brief, review. Please include me in your drawing.

rsgrandinetti(at)yahoo(dot)com

avalonne83 said...

Please enter me in the contest. Thanks.

avalonne83 [at] yahoo [dot] it

darbyscloset said...

I'd like to find out more about Zwick!!! I'd love the opportunity to read your book, I'll also post my review on several sites.
Thanks so much,
Darby
darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

The Giveaway Diva said...

wow zwick is such a different name! would love to be entered!

nicolemarielum @gmail.com

mindy said...

sounds interesting thanks for the giveaway minthins(at)optonline(dot)net

Angela C said...

Great interview! Thanks for the giveaway:)

Noushad said...

how long have you been writing?

Debdesk said...

Please include me in your drawing this book sound like a winner.
Debbie
debdesk9@verizon.net

msvee said...

Zwick sounds like an unusual character and I am bringing up three of my own little characters.. Reading about different people makes me sane.
Thanks for counting me in the drawing.
danavento@gmail.com

msvee said...

Zwick sounds like a wonderful character. I love reading about interesting characters as I am raising 3 of my own little characters and reading about other ones keeps me sane.

Please consider me for the drawing.

Danavento@gmail.com

Cheryl F. (The Lucky Ladybug) said...

I'd love to read this :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

blog[at]theluckyladybug[dot]org

DEBIJOT said...

Congrats on your success. May it continue. Would love to read this book. Thanks.

Jodi said...

Thank you for your generosity!

JodiMof3 at hotmail dot com

Kim hanks said...

I would like to thank y'all for showing interest in our book giveaway and please keep those beautiful comments coming.

A special credit to Cheryl for interviewing me!


Kim
...
www.kimhanks.net

iDogrocker said...

Zwick, huh? Sounds pretty cool. I would love to live in the Middle East (temporarily).

midnighterpeople@yahoo.com

carlene said...

Please include me in your drawing. Thanks
Carlene
willreadforever@verizon.net

Anonymous said...

Please enter me in this contest. Thanks.
K
pk5050@shaw.ca

mommyjen99 said...

How awesome to be published when your 21! WOW
Please enter me to win
jen62728@aol.com

Beth said...

I love that you came up 'Zwick'! It sounds very interesting. I've always wanted to visit Dubai, too!

Lady Roxi said...

Love to have this.

Thanks,

darkfyre1(at)gmail(dot)com

Carol L. said...

First I would like to say "Congratulations" on your book Save The Best For Last. And also your movie proposals.You are very wise indeed . I wish you continued success in your writing Mr. Hanks. :)
I know I'm cutting it close here.
Carol L.