BLOG TOUR – Tim Chante author of When The ONE Laughs
Today it is my absolute pleasure to host a spot on the blog tour for author Tim Chante who very kindly sent me a copy of his book When The ONE Laughs.
I will write a separate review of the book and post it very soon, but suffice to say it is absolutely fantastic and I loved it to bits. It is without question worthy of at least one read, and I almost get down on my knees and beg you to read it. It is sublime. Not a word I use often, but apt in this instance.
When Tohmas and Hamal sign up for a bargain-rate adventure holiday, they become unwitting pawns in a cosmic struggle of infinite proportions. Fortunately they have Priya, a karate black-belt biker to help them (if she can forgive Tohmas for dumping her in their last incarnation), and their two inexperienced but enthusiastic spirit guides. Plus the ONE of course.
(When the ONE Laughs is a light-hearted, metaphysical narrative that interweaves the answers to why life started, how God thinks, and where we’re all going, with the road-trip adventures of a biker girl, her soul mate, and a weird old man in comedy slippers and a duffle coat).
Kindle US – http://www.amazon.com/When-ONE-Laughs-Tim-Chante-ebook/dp/B00C89OTT4/
Paperback US – http://www.amazon.com/When-ONE-Laughs-Tim-Chante/dp/1484090268/
Kindle UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/When-ONE-Laughs-Tim-Chante-ebook/dp/B00C89OTT4/
Paperback UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/When-ONE-Laughs-Tim-Chante/dp/1484090268/
You can also link to the book via Goodreads here…
Goodreads Link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18586432-when-the-one-laughs
What first inspired you to start writing ‘When the ONE Laughs?’
Mostly it was because I wanted to write a book in which a character did not leave the story if they died. It feels like so much potential for story is missed when we live as if dying means the end of everything we are. I feel even believing it stops us living for life, and instead makes us live to avoid death. And since I always wanted to read a book in which who we are does not disappear at death, yet hadn’t found one, I wrote one. So in mine, the characters don’t die, they just change dimensions.
What is your favourite scene in the book, and why (without revealing too many spoilers)?
The first meeting between two of the main characters and the character Sathmeh (who is effectively God). It meant I could make anything happen. It was the beginning of the fun of creating a scene, a book even, in which there is the usual drama, risk and danger, yet at the same time everything is completely within the realm of a benevolent God. A philosophical challenge to make credible, but huge fun.
Are there any books that have particularly influenced you as a writer?
‘Illusions’ by Richard Bach, ‘The Alchemist’ by Paulo Coelho and ‘One Minute Nonsense’ by Anthony de Mello. And the romance that is contained within ‘So Long and Thanks for all the Fish’ by Douglas Adams.
If you could spend a day as any of your characters, who would you be and why?
Well, it would have to be Sathmeh. So much fun to write, so even more fun to be. Besides, to walk through a day as both invincible and fearless would be such a refreshing change.
Where can readers connect with you?
Through my blog, http://chante-ishta.blogspot.co.uk/
A little bit more about Tim…
Since leaving school in the early 80s with no qualifications (due to a combination of dislexia and dysinterest), Tim has cared for dolphins in northern Spain; taught all manner of things from IT, to Water-skiing to English; guided spiritual tourists up Mount Sinai on camels and drunk ones around Mallorca on coaches, and even cared for house-plants in a deep dark valley of greenhouses in Cornwall. He has travelled through most of Europe, to India and the Middle East, and lived for a while in Spain and the USA. He now lives on the English east coast with his wife, author J.C. Piech, and has a grown up, adopted son.
Author’s Blog: http://chante-ishta.blogspot.co.uk/