Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Last Sunset by Bob Atkinson: Interview: Orangeberry Tour Stop


If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?

I’d like to travel 500 years into the future to see if we’ve survived, as a species. Have we lived up to our potential, or failed to learn from our mistakes?

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?

That’s easy; Blackbeard. I would love to ask him: “Where exactly did you hide all that treasure?”

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?

A case of Talisker; the finest whisky in the world. A large box of Swiss chocolate.

And a boat for when the Talisker and the chocolate run out.

What was the inspiration for your current book?

I live in an area that is not only stunningly beautiful, but is also incredibly rich in history. Within a twenty mile radius of where I live lie five historical battlefields. On many hilltops can be found the ruins of iron age forts that were built before the time of Christ.

Inhabited for thousands of years, many of the glens lie empty now, cleared of people during the evictions of the 19th century. In such places the past really does hang heavy.

I think “The Last Sunset” was my way of repopulating the empty glens; relighting the peat fires in the ruined houses, as it were.

Tell us a little about your current book, and where it’s available.

“The Last Sunset” is a romantic, time-travel adventure set primarily during the Jacobite rebellion of 1746. The story is set during one of the great crossroads of history, and seeks to pose that great question of speculative fiction: What if?

The book is available from, Smashwords, Kobo, diesel and Nook.

How old were you when you wrote your first piece?

I began writing poems and short stories while I was in the army. It was a way of alleviating the boredom, I suppose. Some of my friends would ask me to write poems for them to send to their girlfriends. It didn’t do much for my own love life, unfortunately.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

Would you want to live in the only house on this planet without a copy?

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?

A number of very kind reviewers have expressed the hope that a sequel to The Last Sunset is in the offing. That would be my next project.

Genre – Time Travel Adventure / Romance
Rating – PG13
Nuclear Armageddon blasts through time itself, dragging people from different eras into a turning point in history.
The year… 1746.
Around Fort William, the Scottish Highlanders are in revolt and the Redcoats are coming…
But this time they will face more than flintlocks and Claymores.
Can history be changed, or is the future doomed to witness…
Buy Now @ Amazon & Smashwords

Bob Atkinson was born and raised in the district of Lochaber, in the Western Highlands of Scotland. At the age of seventeen the age-old curse of the Highlands — lack of work and opportunity — forced him to take the same military path taken by many of his forebears. While serving with the army in Northern Ireland he met his future wife, inspiration for at least one of the female characters in The Last Sunset. Bob now lives in Fort William
Contact Bob on Twitter @abrach1  or  at his Website

Next Few Stops
17th December – Author Interview at I Am A Reader
18th December – Twitter View with OB Book Tours
19th December – Twitter Blast with OB Book Tours


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