Saturday, November 9, 2013

The awesome, CR Hiatt, is my fifteen guest on my @KevinSwarbrick 'Deliciously Scandalous Blog Tour.' Another great interview! 'Giggles'

Hello everyone, it feels good to be back :)! I would have been here sooner, but I lost my virtual map along the way, I had to give my head a virtual wobble and fight off a few demons along the way. Anyway as, Robbie Williams would say, 'Let me entertain you!'

Really though, I would like to thank you all for your patience with me on my tour especially my next guest. 
I have been looking for a day longer than 24 hours, but unfortunately we all know that day doesn't exist! I have been busy doing numerous tasks along with some radio shows. To find out a little more what I have been up to, then please listen to this awesome radio interview I had with the awesome, Minnie Lahongrais on her show #pinkdiamondinspiration show. Here are the links to that show along with the link to, Minnie's awesome blog page :)

Radio show:
Blog page:

I have also had another blog interview with the awesome, Belinda McGrath Witzenhausen, that is well worth reading. Belinda is another huge support in the indie world to many wonderful people out there, I would like to say thank you to Belinda for just being you :)
You can read that post by clicking the following links :)

I have also been recording a few shows at Salford City Radio 94.4fm, I have made 5 guest appearances on the Sarah Jones Show. I don't have the direct links for those shows yet, but I do know if you tune in on line, you can go back to the show and listen to them all, so really you haven't missed anything ;) The show is on air at 6pm till 7pm on Saturdays UK time :)

Direct link to the, Radio Station
Sarah Jones Shows:

That's only a little of what I have been up to. Let's just say it has been a very busy and unsettling time with everything that has been happening, for that reason alone, I had to step away from a few things and put them on hold until a later date. I am glad to say that at long last, I am now back in my virtual studio, and I will be introducing my next guest that will be arriving very soon, and joining me on my 'Deliciously  Scandalous Blog Tour.' 

I do notice a lot of things in the world of Facebook and Twitter, and I do notice the kindness that others display by showing their support  to one another, 'I call them good hearts!' Trust me I have interacted with many people on a daily basis, and that could range from emails, messages on Facebook or on twitter, not to mention other sites like, Goodreads or LinkedIn and the rest! It really is hard work; I know I have said this before at some point, but we all know by working together and showing support for one another, that's when dreams do flourish. The world is a very big place with more than enough space for us all to fit into and shine if you choose to shine.  

I am proud to say that, CR Hiatt does fit into my the 'Good Hearts Category. I would like to thank CR for the awesome support she has shown towards me in the social media world. It really has been awesome; I know I do my best to support authors, but it really is hard to write when you have so much going on in your life. There are many people I am very proud of indeed, CR really does shine, and is a breath of fresh air to all out there including me. It gives me great pleasure to have, CR Haitt on this tour.  I am hoping she will arrive soon. I know I said, 'It's great to be back, but I am getting kind of nervous! I know that virtual bar is waiting for me... I have heard that, CR likes to make a bit of an entrance, I have no idea who's picking her up from the airport. Wow... WTF... Now that is some entrance! I have never in all my time in this virtual studio seen anyone do an entrance like that, and landing in such a pose! 10 out of 10 any day....

My presence into the world was somewhat fantastical, since my brother told me I was found under a rock, alone, because nobody wanted the baby girl with warts all over her face. Okay, so that is not reality, just the tale my brother teased me with from the time he could talk.

In reality, I am the daughter of a military veteran, sister to a smart aleck athlete, was an All-American athlete myself, and now I write screenplays and novels about fictional sleuths and spies. I can also say with 100% certainty; I have no warts. Honest. J

Wow... I would say your presence was fantastical, what an entrance!! I can't see you being under a rock for too long, not even as a child, not with an entrance like that, brothers and sisters can be so cruel at times, 'Giggles' 
Your father really did teach you well! I hope I don't get on the wrong side of you in this interview, well not the military side anyway! As for the warts, I will take your word on that, but you could come to my virtual doctors surgery where I could examine you and check for warts. I can see you're not impressed, I best move on before you use that rope for something else, could I be related to you all by any chance?... Its just with you saying that about your sister, it reminds me of a guy called Mark in my books; only problem is Mark wasn't an athlete, well not as such 'Giggles.'  Really though...

Sometimes in life we all want more than what we can have, but if you had one wish to have anything or anyone, what would that wish be and why?

One of my stories is very dear to my heart. I want to see it on the big screen, where I will be in the front row with all my supportive friends, tears flowing down my face at the very emotional ending. J

Now that's a nice wish and I would love to be in those front row seats watching both, you crying with joys of delight, and of course the awesome film. I don't know what it's about, but all I know is if anyone can make an entrance like that, well that film is going to be amazing! I am still trying to work out, how you managed to jump off them trees, do a triple somersault and land in such and awesome pose, and remain smiling! 

How fit are you!! I really do hope you will star in this film, I would love to see more ;)!! 'Wicked thoughts... Slap face and move on!' 

I would like you to make a short story up using no more than 400 words containing every one of these 14 key words; Door, Game, Pool, Mum, Run , Wimp, Hand, Dog Poo, Sex, Fish, Spoon, Hole, Sex, Cat!

I will use my two main characters, McSwain & Beck in my short story. J

Now that sounds like a fantastic idea to me, this I would love to hear :)

Sydney McSwain hurried out the door; late for the game of pool she had scheduled with Cody and Jaden. Prankster that he is, Cody changed the time on her alarm clock. “Wimp,” Sydney said to herself. “That’s the best he could do?”

Across the street, Jaden’s mum held up her hand, giving Sydney the signal there were more pranks to come. Sydney nodded in acknowledgement; then took off in a run, dodged left to avoid a pile of dog poo, tripped on a large serving spoon, and slipped in a hole that wasn't there the day before. Pausing to nurse her sprained ankle, she couldn’t help but notice the large aquarium through the neighbor’s front window. The water was splashing about, and two large fish were doing something she could only describe as having sex. Fish have sex? She chuckled as she stumbled along, until she met up with Cody and Jaden.

“What did you do,” she said to Cody, “put Viagara in the fish tank?”

Great story, It gives me an idea for a story. I could call it the great white, Mark! I saw you manage to use the word sex twice, that's good as we all love sex. I noticed the word cat isn't in the story. Maybe I should have changed it to pussy, we all love pussy......... cats I mean!' Still it was a fishy story and it got me hook, line and as Louie would say, sinker!!! Next question I think, 'Giggles!' 

When I first started writing I had a lot of negative people around me, I know I  had to lose that energy in order to continue writing and fulfilling what others thought I couldn't do. Did you ever experience any of this when you first started writing or were you lucky enough to have the right support around you?

Unfortunately, negativity is everywhere, but I do my best to block it out. I think some people, whether subconsciously, or not, fear the success of others, or are jealous of it. Recently, I have seen some very negative things happening to some writers, and it is really a shame. The world is a big place, with a lot of people who enjoy different genres; there is enough success to go around.

I totally understand what you're saying, and you're 100% right. I am sure I have my little hater crew out there somewhere too, but like you said, 'the world is a big enough place for everyone, even my hater crew.' I think all authors should learn to switch off and not be bothered with what others think or their negative opinions. We all have to learn to find the 'F..k you' switch' and keep a positive mind. I respect anyone in the writing industry, even if their work is rubbish, I admire the fact that they have tried their best, at least they tried. There is also a lot of snakes in the grass that I have noticed too. I think this is where our detective work comes into play, but unfortunately we don't need to do that, we both see what's going on, and we're no fools ;) Speaking of fools...

If you had a chance to run any country and make a difference, what country would it be and why? 

Me? You want me to run a country? Where is it warm all year long? J

Wow... You can't just reverse the question like that! You know how my mind works! Louie knows all the hot places all year around... 'Giggles!' Ok let's just say 'Maldives or Kenya or  Brazil or Singapore... I could go on, but I like my first answer ;)! 

What would you say the worst thing a reader has ever said to you and what was your reaction? 

I wouldn't say it is the “worst thing” a reader has said to me, just something that I disagree with, and usually want to respond, even though I don’t. Well, except here.

When a reader makes the comment that they don’t believe 18-year-olds (which is the age of my main characters), can perform some of the actions that they do in my series, McSwain & Beck, I disagree. Not because I wrote the book, and therefore believe my characters can do anything, but because I have seen young explorers, soldiers, recruits, and many more who are that age, and sometimes younger, carrying out heroic deeds far more dangerous than anything my characters do.

Oh my! I think that reader needs to keep an open mind., and we all know James Bond films are not fiction!I know I am talking out of my arse there, speaking of talking out of my arse...
I would like you to vision yourself walking down a busy high street with your partner and suddenly there was a noise that came from your partner's bottom, and people turned around looking at you, what would your reaction be and why?

 I would say “I told you to leave that Woopie Cushion at home.”

'Giggles!' If you were my partner, I would turn to you and  reply, 'Darling, you do blow me away and I love you so much, like a warm soft gentle breeze blowing down on me on a summers day!' Ok! Ok! That was cheesy, but I still would have said something like that, 'Giggles!' 

Can you use two words that would describe you?

Too loyal

Loyal is good, but too? That was such a waste of a word, I will change it to  'Loyal, confident' That's better ;)

Have you ever been…
A, The owner of a lonely heart.
B. The owner of a broken heart
C. None of the above?

A and B.

No not another, A & B. Saying that though, it does make us stronger in ourselves at a later date, we just don't see that at the time when we feel we have lost everything. Lets change the conversation! We want smiles :)

It's time for a little fun, I would like you to do the rhyme ‘Jack and Jill.' Using your own words... 

Jack and Jill went to the pub to fetch a pint of ale.
The barkeep said, there is no ale, how ‘bout a pint of Guiness.
They stared at the man, and said, “No way. That’s a major fail.”
“How can we write our story and rhyme, without a pint of ale?”

I will drink to that ;) Well done, 'Giggles'

When you are writing, do you ever think, 'Erm me and my partner did that last night, that has to go into the story as?

Um, no. My current fictional characters are PG rated. J

Lmao, that's a good point, but still, Bert and Ernie out of Sesame Street do have a lot to answer for!!

If you could be a Musical instrument, what would you be and why?

Drums. I love to move to the beat of my… J

Hell yeah! Now you're talking. There is nothing wrong with a good bang!

If you could change one thing about you as a person, what would that one thing be?

I would stop worrying about what others think.

I hear you there. Even though I do these interviews, I am always thinking will others like it? The facts are, they like you, the person that is behind the creative mind, and the other facts are like you said before about jealous people and the way they think that you have this wonderful awesome life when you're a writer. They do need to get their heads out of the sand and realise how much hard work goes into aiming for that perfect life that others think you have! I'm getting a little deep here as Louie would say if he could talk that is! Basically, just be yourself, not everyone is going to like you, so my point is, why worry, life is far to short. Let's move on before I go even deeper, we can save that for after the interview! Drink and chat people...  

I know we all remember our first kiss, would you say yours was a good experience or a bad one?  Please explain why.

At the time, I thought it was bad. Looking back on it now, it was cute. In third grade I was the tetherball champion, and one of the boy’s (who I thought was my nemesis) was determined to beat me. Another student made him a bet, unbeknownst to me. When I beat him, once again, the boy had to kiss me in front of the entire class. Of course, he chose to do it when I was in front of the class reading my book report. Embarrassing.

Days later, when he chose to pull on my wrap-a-round skirt, leaving my panties showing, was definitely bad.

Now that's bad in my eyes! At that age I was feeling my class mates boobies, no really I was, some of them where massive! Don't worry my year teacher did pull me aside and had words with me not to do it. I was only trying to fit in! No not like that! With the rest of the crowd. It wasn't easy being an ugly unnoticed ducking back then. I would be the one in the class that got caught laughing or doing something silly. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't a bad lad, I would just copy others to try and fit in, but I was the one always getting caught. I guess I didn't know when to end the joke, if I got a laugh, I carried on! I had a friend from over 20 years ago, he messaged me on Facebook, and told me he still remembers some of my old jokes! Anyway we got chatting a little, and I had to get him to enlighten me! He said, 'Do you remember the mild green fairy lip squid joke? I had no idea what the guy was on about, until he told me. I will share one with you, only so you can see how bad they were! I did try, 'Giggles.' 

A man goes into a seafood restaurant, the waiter said "choose your food from the tank" the man looked and saw a green squid with a moustache, he said, "I will have that one" and pointed to this squid. The waiter said, "You can't have him, he's the pot washer!" "Pot washer?" replied the man, all puzzled, "Yes" said the waiter, "cause hands that do dishes feel as soft as your face, with mild green furry lip squid." I know that's what I thought too, but we are going back to when I was around 12-13 here. I had a pubic hair growing at the time, 'Giggles!' I can say now that I do remember that joke. Thanks Simon :) ...

Do you ever remember a part in your life that’s made a huge impact on you as a person. If so would you like to share that part with the reader?

I strongly believe in the message of “Pay it Forward”, but it was actually my daughter who was responsible for teaching me its importance.

As a single mother, money was sparce, leaving my daughter and I to live paycheck to paycheck. Each week, I would set aside a $25 which we could use to either go to a movie, or her favorite, a Happy Meal at McDonalds. One Saturday I was doing some spring cleaning, but decided to take a break. We piled into the car and headed to McDonalds, purchased her meal and a sandwich for me, leaving us with $20 left over. On the way, we noticed a Mother with her young son (probably 3) and an infant, standing on the corner with a bag of possessions. Clearly, they were homeless and down on their luck.

My daughter was struck by the image, and asked me if we could help. I reminded her that if we did, that meant we would be empty-handed. She said that’s okay; we can go home and make a peanut butter sandwich - something we did, a lot.

Following my daughter’s lead, I pulled to the side of the road. She offered her Happy Meal to the young boy, and showed him the toy inside, while I handed my sandwich and the $20 to the Mother. As we drove off, we were both warmed to the heart by the tears of thanks in her eyes, and the eyes of the boy that were lit up like you wouldn't believe.

Back home, we finished our peanut butter sandwiches. She went to her room to play, while I returned to my cleaning. I went to my room to put on some clean sheets, and flip over the mattress - something I did periodically. When I flipped over the mattress, $900 in cash was lying on the box spring. I was stunned to say the least. Where on earth did the money come from? I have never put money under the mattress. Not to mention, I would never have had $900 in cash to do so. The $25 we had to splurge on was the most we could ever do. Needless to say, my daughter and I believe we were rewarded for our choice to Pay it Forward.

Aww that is such a sweet story, I know that woman wouldn't have forgotten your kindness, and for your daughter to suggest it, just goes to show what a great mum you have been to her :)  I know I've handed out money to the homeless on the streets in the past, and it does give you that joy full feeling that you have done your bit to help, but I never had that angel watching over me as you did. I have no idea how that amount of money got there under your mattress unless you were on the game! I can't see that though, well I can if I stretch my imagination, 'Giggles' Really though, that amount of money back then, would be like winning the lottery! I hope you do play the lottery, after all the angel could still be watching. I think my angle was battling with my demons to even notice when I was doing good deeds, or maybe she/he/it, did! I'm here now with you, so yes it did :) Anyway with all this chatting is making my mouth feel a litte dry, and you know I can see that virtual pub from here, and I can see two glasses with our names on them, which brings us to the end of the interview, but before we go...

Can you tell the reader about your latest work and also tell the reader where they can find you. 

Gone at Zero Hundred 00:00 and Fireworks on the 4th, the first two books in the McSwain & Beck sleuth and spy series, are currently available. Lethal Hostages is due out real soon


Gone at Zero Hundred 00:00

Fireworks on the 4th

Lethal Hostages


Thank you so much for sharing your work with us and for a fantastic interview. It has been a pleasure to have you on my tour, CR. I still can't get over that entrance! Now close those legs and lets get that drink... Yes people after that comment I am taking tips from her sister and being the athlete I never was, I'm out of here while I still have my wits about me ;)! If I am still alive when CR catches up with me, then I will catch you all very soon, 'Giggles!' CR you know I'm only playing, you're an awesome lady with a  heart of gold. Keep up the fantastic work and always keep that smile :)  I wish you the very best life can offer you, and I also wish for you to have those front row seats!

Thank you all so much for joining me on my @KevinSwarbrick 'Deliciously Scandalous Blog Tour.'
I would also like to thank my second pair of eyes and my good friend, Edie @Pie0326Edie for her kind support and understanding. You rock hun :)
Until next time, you all take care, I'm out of here.


  1. Oh my goodness! LOL Kevin, you had me laughing until my stomach hurt, in several locations. What a fun interview, and even better presentation, so unlike the usual.

    Thank you so much for having me take part in your awesome tour. :-)

    1. Thank you very much CR :) It really is my pleasure having you on this tour, I love this interview, I am so glad you enjoyed it too lol 'Phew!' I thought you have done a great job, I love the story, I loved the rhyme, I love you're answers, and of course the fun banter ;) 'Life just wouldn't be the same without them smiles!' :) Keep up the awesome work, and keep smiling :)Xx

  2. Awesome! With a capital A! CR, loved your story, using your characters, clever, loved your rhyme to. " Paying It Forward" was one of my favorite movies, cried through the whole thing. I love these interviews, they let you get to know your author, friend better. Great job guys.

  3. Thank you so much, Kim! Kevin challenged me, so I couldn't help but accept. :-)

    Just wait though. Dawn Torrens and I are turning the tables on Kevin. He will be answering his own questions soon. :-)

    1. Thank you Kim :-D!! I will have more interviews coming your way, one of them will be turning the tables on me ;) Yes listen to CR, its true, the table has now turned on me, not only will I be answering my own tricky questions, but I have two great authors doing the interview :) This should be a scream ;)

  4. CR, that snippet about you giving your lunch to the homeless woman made me bawl at my desk. How that $900 got there is simply amazing. I know you only a bit on social media and from what I've seen, you're lovely - this interview clinches that. Excellent, crazy interview - I've not seen one like this yet!

  5. Thank you elysesapeter, for the kind words. I wanted these interviews to be unique in every way. I'm over the moon with the way they went. I had a lot of fun writing doing them. CR is an amazing lady in every way, I really enjoyed this interview. CR touched me in many in many way. Thank you CR, it really was a pleasure and a honour to have you on my tour :) <3