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Interview with Michael J Holley, author of Plaster Scene


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Plaster Scene is a comedy which is set in the UK, both in the sixties and in the modern day. A mystery begins to unravel when an aging hippie dies suddenly and leaves an unexpected inheritance behind. The problem is that she’s buried it somewhere and her snobbish nephew, who’s the sole heir, and his domineering wife then have to cook up a plan to retrieve it. Once they do, an adventure begins which twists and turns all over the place.

What kind of comedy is it? Who will it appeal to?
Fans of PG Wodehouse, Tom Sharpe, Nic Hornby. Some of it’s quite adult so I wouldn’t be recommending it to any young children.

Who is the main character?
The hero of the story is called George Spencer. He’s in his early twenties and is scratching around for a career that’s going to enthral him for the rest of his life, as you tend to do at that age. But the most exotic part about him is the fact that he lives in a shed at the bottom of his friend’s mum’s garden. He somehow gets mixed up in the whole inheritance affair and the rest is history (or the future if you haven’t read it yet). I suppose he’s kind and thoughtful, but maybe lacking a bit of motivation in his everyday life. He just wants success to come and find him, which is going to be hard given that he lives in a shed.

How would you like the reader to feel as they read the last word of your book?
Relieved… ha, ha… only joking. I want the reader to feel as though they’ve been able to escape into a slightly nicer world than our own, where the worst people imaginable are just middle-class snobs.

Have you written any other books that we should read next?
I sure have.

The Great Corporate Escape – which is about a young chap who’s desperate to get out of his corporate career – and a topical collection of short stories for Christmas called The Christmas Number One.

Tell us a bit about yourself.
Well, I’m Michael Holley. I used to be an accountant once upon a time although a couple of years ago I realised that I had a desire to live like a tortured artist instead. Who needs money and luxurious holidays anyway? I live on the Isle of Wight, which is just off the south coast of the UK, and I’m married with two kids. I love football, cricket and most sport, and I also used to be in an indie band, still playing from time to time.

Do you have a website where we can keep up with your work?

How can we follow you on Twitter and/or Facebook?
On Twitter I’m known as @mjholleywriter and my Facebook
page is simply Michael J Holley

What’s next?
I have this great idea for the next novel. It’s called Blind Faith and it’s going to be funny, really funny, but it’s going to have a bit more substance to it as well. An escape with a meaning, man.

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