Wednesday, 25 April 2012

The Misfit Talks to Tucker

Last week I featured on a Twitter friend’s blog (@icetuckerV2) and answered questions he posed for me.  You can read that interview here.  Some great questions!

So this week, the shoe is on the other foot and he guests here as I delve into his mind.

I kicked it off with:

What's your most guilty pleasure?

My guilty pleasure would probably be that I'm an Abba fan. I grew up listening to them because my mum was a big fan. I have Abba Gold on CD and I freely admit to liking the movie Mamma Mia. I remember getting some questionable looks when someone at work had a loan of my company car at a previous place of employment. That resulted in some piss-taking from other workmates. I think more guys like ABBA than freely admit to though.

If you could only listen to one CD for the rest of your life what would it be?

That's easy actually. It would be The Adventures, Sea of Love. Ever since hearing Broken Land, their biggest and probably only known hit, I've been a big fan of this Irish group. It's by far the most played album on my iPod. And I'm actually glad I have it on my iPod because the old claim that CD's will play forever ... not true. I've worn the CD out with over-play. I can play this album as background music when writing. Play it on my iPod when I'm feeling down. Or have it full blast and sing along when no-one else is around.

Which celeb would you like to take on a date and what would you do?

There are a few and I thought long and hard about this. My celebrity crushes have included Caron Keating in my late teens. I actually got to meet her and still have the signed picture I got that day. Then there was Carol Smillie in my early 20's. Met her too. In 1995, The Corrs appeared on the scene and my new crush was lead singer Andrea. Other crushes have included Jessica Alba, Jennifer Love Hewitt and former Page 3 girl Keeley Hazell. My current crush is French singer Alizee. But the celebrity I'd take on a date would have to be actress Alyssa Milano. She would definitely be worth the divorce. As for what we'd do ... well other than the obvious (ahem!), we'd go to a baseball game. She has a passion for baseball and I'd love to go to a game.

What would your desert island luxury be?

My BlackBerry. Once upon a not so long ago, I mocked people who had these and did say to someone that they could slap me if I ever got one. Now, well it's an appendage of me. It's never far from reach and it even goes to bed with me. Only because it’s also my alarm clock though. My wife says it's the worst thing I ever got because she feels like a BlackBerry widow at times. I just love it though. Oh, that person did slap me by the way!

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Are we talking physically or mentally?

Physically, well there are two things I'm very self-conscious of. My squinty teeth and my wonky left eye. My teeth being all squint are a result of a few things. Sucking my thumb till I was about 12. Having my mouth bashed against a wall when I was around 8 years old and a big fear of dentists. I'd change my wonky eye though. I was mocked about it as a kid. And in the last few months, I've become more and more conscious of the fact that it hardly turns at all now. I've actually started looking at people straight on when talking to them, so they don't notice.

Mentally, well one look through my blogs will easily point that out.

Name one thing you'd regret if you hadn't done it before you died

This was the hardest question to answer. It was easier answering the thing I didn't do that I've regretted ever since and that was joining the RAF when I had the chance. But thinking of the things I have done and would I really regret any of them if I hadn't done before I died, well the only thing that kept popping into my mind was becoming a dad. Despite all the stress and everything my two boys cause me and my wife, I think that in my later years and thinking back through my life and not having the boys in it. I'd regret that.

What would you like your epitaph to be?

"Here I lye, face to the earth so that all those I pissed off during my life, can kiss my arse!"

What's your ideal career?

My ideal career would be a perfect alternative to not having my fantasy career of being a Formula 1 race driver. I'd love to be a parts advisor for a Formula 1 team. Until last year, I worked in the motor trade pretty much since leaving school as a parts advisor. That's what I do ... or rather, did. It's what I know and what better way to do what you know than being in a Formula 1 team and getting to travel the world at the same time? 

Many thanks to Tucker for sharing his thoughts with us.  If you like his way of thinking, head off and read his blog and short stories here.

And the usual plug - buy the Mummy Misfit NOVELS at Amazon and Lulu.  Give yourself a laugh.


  1. It's over a year since I was interviewed for this post and looking back, Alizee and Alyssa Milano are still there as my celebrity crushes.

    This was done before I was a published indie author. It wasn't in my plans to be so in April 2012 but looking back now, I'd regret not publishing. It's sent me on a new path and one I'm glad that I've taken.

  2. Like I've always said, as a writer you know when the time is right and you can't 'force it Phoebe' as my lovely mum likes to say! ;)