Saturday, February 2, 2019

Virtual Book Tour + #Giveaway: The Unlounging by Selraybob @Selraybob @RABTBookTours




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Literary / Humor
Date Published: December 2017
Publisher: Cur Dog Press

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Not yet thirty, and already Selraybob is beaten down and washed up. He spends his days on his lounger, drinking quarts of beer and talking to his buddy Herm on the phone. Until, during his wife’s long overdue kiss-off speech, he notices two clocks. They’re seven minutes off. And he has an epiphany. Time, he decides, is a count. It’s only a count.

Einstein was wrong.

And life on the lounger will never be the same.



Interview with Author Selraybob


As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

A Corvair Monza convertible. She’s not alive like a cat or eagle or some mystical three-headed creature, but when her top’s down and the wind’s blowing and she’s shimmying just a little, she’s as beautiful as any goddess anywhere. No one’s going to call me a goddess, or a shimmier, and I’m certainly not as sleek as a Corvair, but my life’s come down to a transition between an old, beat up recliner lounger and an old, but well-waxed, Corvair. And since it’s about looking forward, it’s got to be the Corvair.

How many hours a day do you put into your writing?

It varies. With The Unlounging, I wrote whenever I could, little by little. I wrote on breaks at the library, on my buddy Herm’s porch, and even in the Corvair sometimes, I’d pull off and write something in my pad. I still work that way. But I count pages.not hours.

Do you read your book reviews? If yes, do they affect what you write in the future?

Yes. Sadly. Luckily most aren’t horrible. I’ve been fortunate to have some kind reviewers. And while they don’t affect what I write, they do affect how much I write. A bad one and I get frustrated, or angry, and that keeps me from writing as much. A good one’s like a pat on the back, so I write more after reading one of those. Getting named a best book of the year by Kirkus Reviews gave me a real boost. Right now, though, with a project going, I’m trying not to read any reviews, just so I can keep moving steady as I can.

Do you leave hidden messages in your books that only a few people will find?

Well, there’s more to the story than I put in, so you have to look between the lines to really see what’s going on with me and Joalene, and even with Herm and Susy Liu Anne. That’s the way it is with most stories I think. And it wasn’t on purpose. But as for secret messages, or easter eggs or anything like that, there’s one.

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in The Unlounging?

The main characters—Joalene, Herm and Susy Liu Anne—have all been part of my life for a while. Herm I’ve known since high school. I was a left tackle, and linemen didn’t really hang with the prima donna wide receivers and running backs, and definitely not with the quarterback. Herm was the quarterback’s brother, and kind of like I did on the field, Herm kept his brother from getting his rear knocked in. He just did it academically. For me too, really. He helped me graduate. Plus, Herm liked the river and fishing, so we had that in common too. Susy Liu Anne is his wife, and as amazing as she is, she’s still kind of mystery, which is how she wants it. Joalene, my ex, I respect a lot, even through our difficulties, which is putting it mildly as readers will see.

Can you tell us a little bit about your next books or what you have planned for the future?

I’ve been working for a while on a couple sciencey books. One’s about the theory of Time, and another is about Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle. As you’ll see in the first chapter of The Unlounging, the theory of Time got stuck in my craw with three inch barbs, so it’s not coming out easily. I decided that if it’s not going away, I may as well ride with it. It hasn’t been easy though, with all the physics and math I’ve had to learn, but I have to. Because I tell you, a lot of people have things all mixed up in their heads about physics, and a lot of them are stuck hard on what they think. So if you’re going to come out and say, ‘Hey, Joe, that idea you’ve been believing for the last twenty years, that everyone says is the truth absolute, well, it’s wrong.’—then you got to have your reasoning down pretty clear. So it’s been slow.

Mostly though I’m working on a follow up to The Unlounging. A lot’s happened since the end of that. And it shook me up pretty good. So Herm and Susy Liu Anne think I need to put it down too, and they’re right, as usual—which is why I’ve been writing so much lately.

Do you allow yourself a certain number of hours to write or do you write as long as the words come?

I write whenever I can, and when I write, I write until I can’t write anymore. Sometimes it’s one sentence. Other times, I get two pages down. Work or sleep can get in the way, and I never know when the acorn in my head’s going to get over-toasted and I just have to stop and go for a drive to clear it all out.

Do you have a certain number of words or pages you write per day?

When I’m working on a project, like now, I try to write at least one page a day, six days a week. I hand-write on big sketch pad pages, so even with my fat fingers and big writing, it’s a decent page. And if Herm and Susy Liu Anne are on me to finish a chapter or a section, and if they make space for me on the porch and give me a pencil and fresh sketch pad and a half a chicken, then sure as the river, I bust my rump to get it done.

What inspires you to write?

My craw. Because sometimes I have to get stuff out. It could be about figuring out a problem, or explaining something the science community is wrong about, like Time. When that happens, I got to start reading and thinking and learning more math. That’s why I started the non-fiction books. Other times, it’s that all these things happen in my life and I go through them over and over trying to figure out what they mean and why, which keeps me up late at night. I spill to Herm when he’s around, but I can only do that so long before he gets agitated, shoves a sketch pad in front of me, and heads inside for a drink. So I write it down, and that seems to help.


Would you rather

Read fiction or non-fiction?

I’d rather read fiction, but lately I’ve been reading a lot of science books, physics mostly, and old research papers, which are definitely not my preference. But that’s where the Time calculations are and Heisenberg studies and a few who go into alternative (but more logical) theories of Time. Working at the library helps, sometimes I have to go to SEMO, the university in Cape Girardeau, to get some really technical stuff.

Read series or stand-alone?

Depends on the book. Stand alone if it’s sciencey. Who wants to read a series on Relativity? But if it’s a good story, or the characters get me remembering them for a few weeks after, I’d sure like to read a second, or third.

Read Science fiction or horror?

Science Fiction. Life’s scary enough.

Read Stephen King or Dean Koontz. 

Stephen King, but the Gunslinger stuff, not the horror. And I’ve never read Dean Koontz.

Read the book or watch the movie?

Book, as long as it came first. But if it’s not something I’m really into, and if the movie comes on, I’ll watch it. Like Harry Potter. I never opened one. But the movies were fun. One thing I haven’t done is watch the movie and then gone back and read the book.

Read an ebook or paperback?

Paper, hard or soft.

Be trapped alone for one month in a library with no computer or a room with a computer and Wi-Fi only?

Library, absolutely.

Do a cross-country book store tour or blog tour online?

On-line blog tour. Maybe with the sequel, I’ll traipse around the country, but that’s far from decided.




About the Author

Selraybob is a philosopher, writer, and, given his modest Missouri background, one of the least expected deep thinkers on the planet. His theory of time—that Einstein and Hawking and the rest of the spacetime preachers are misguided to the point of lunacy—has invited ridicule and hatred and threats of violence. He has become, arguably, an iconoclast. Selraybob continues to pursue Time, related physics theories, and, with the help of his buddy Herm, Herm’s wife Susy Liu Anne, and a small but growing band of supporters, battle the narrow minds of the Time Fixers.


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