A Full House – But Empty – Author Interview – Angus Munro

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Paperback Writer is pleased to announce our guest author, Angus Munro. Angus is on a virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion. Angus’ new memoir, A Full House – But Empty, is the gripping story of young Angus’ life growing up in the Depression years based on the positive lessons he had learned from his father during their somewhat traumatic and hectic years together. Grab a cup of coffee and join us for the interview as Angus answers questions as to how he came up with the idea for this book and his advice for new authors.

Leave a comment and you might be a winner. Pump Up Your Book Promotion is giving away a FREE virtual book tour to a published author with a recent release or a $50 Amazon gift certificate to those not published who comments on our authors’ blog stops

About the Book:

Filled with anecdotes, lessons learned, and an inspirational message for everyone who believes that hard work breeds success, this moving autobiography shares the remarkable story of Angus Munro.

Munro is just three when he suffers from appendicitis and spends several weeks in a Vancouver hospital as his family struggles to survive the Great Depression. After finally arriving home, Munro asks his sister, “Where is Mummy?” and is promptly told his mother doesn’t live there anymore. It is this traumatic event that changes the course of Munro’s life forever. His father is suddenly a single parent while simultaneously turning into Munro’s mentor and hero. He teaches Munro the motto, “Always do the right thing,” while raising his children in an environment that is at the very least hectic, and more often completely chaotic.

Through a potpourri of chronological and heartfelt tales, Munro reveals how he learned to view incidents in life in terms of responsibility, recognition, personal conduct, and consideration of others. Despite dropping out of school at a young age, Munro perseveres, eventually attaining professional success.

Munro’s memoir is a wonderful tribute to his father’s legacy and the greatest lesson of all – whatever you do, follow through.

Hi, Angus

Welcome to Paperback Writer.

Would you share with us how you came up with the idea for your book?

I retired in 2003 after completing 39 years in hospital administration. I had been a workaholic most of my life. And being divorced for several years and without children, my career was paramount in my life. After I retired, I went through a very reflective period – bringing me back to my early childhood that was during the Great Depression. I have always enjoyed writing – all business related in terms of general correspondence, updating and restructuring procedural manuals, preparing special project reports, newsletters, etc. I thought it would be interesting to revisit my childhood on paper.

Was it a light bulb moment or something that you thought about for a very long time?

As I stated above, it was all sort of transitional – reflecting on my past. When I completed my childhood draft, I was encouraged by my family to continue the story and write a full autobiography. They thought that I had a very interesting and fulfilling life and could share my varied experiences. A potpourri journey, as in anyone’s life, some sad, hectic and very happy moments and addressing both positive and negative issues and events. All summed up – it was a practice run – lessons learned! Overall it was a cathartic adventure revisiting the past as a mature and hopefully rational adult.

I started as a grade-school dropout. As they say, “Youth is wasted on the young!”

How did you come up with the title?

The title of my book appears somewhat contradictory. A Full House – But Empty.
We, my two sister and myself, were raised by our father – a single parent. My father was a very moral man; however, he was a partygoer and he had a penchant for playing poker. Our house was a mini Grand Central Station every weekend with a party or poker game and always lasting most of the weekend. Thus, A Full House depicting that poker associated expression. But Empty – refers to my insular existence as a youngster living in this solely adult environment.

How did you find an agent and publisher?

For the sake of brevity, I quickly learned that publishing companies and/or their literary agents had little interest in a non-celebrity writing his memoirs. After going through the normal rejection period, I decided on self-publishing.

Who reads your work in progress?

To begin with, I have an excellent memory and I simply poured my thoughts on paper. I believe I have been blessed with an organized mind and I was able to place all stages of my past in tandem order throughout the entire process.

Who made a difference in the books’ quality?

Initially, I had a professional writer read my entire draft and he offered some general and a few specific suggestions that I accepted as valid. Overall, he was ebulliently very complimentary regarding my writing skills and book structure which really pleased me.

How long did it take you to complete the first draft?

It is difficult to say. I would write several segments and submit them as examples to publishing houses and agents as per their submission criteria. Sometimes, I would discontinue writing awaiting replies. Hindsight is a great teacher!

How long did it take from start to publication?

I learned by osmosis, that self-publishing would be my best course of action. I learned of iUniverse from a representative at our local Barnes and Noble. I also purchased the iUniverse book – Get Published. I contacted their office and sent my draft and it was reviewed and in final print within about 90 days. I was very pleased with the entire process.

Do you have any advice for new authors?

Yes, just simply follow your dreams. And in the process, whatever you do, follow through!

Thank you, Angus for stopping by Paperback Writer on your virtual book tour. I wish you continued success through the rest of your tour.

You can reach Angus at his new site; www.angusrmunro.com


A FULL HOUSE BUT EMPTY VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR ’08 will officially begin on September 2, ’08 and end on September 26, ’08. You can visit Angus’ tour stops at www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com in September to find out more about him and his new book!
As a special promotion for all our authors, Pump Up Your Book Promotion is giving away a FREE virtual book tour to a published author with a recent release or a $50 Amazon gift certificate to those not published who comments on our authors’ blog stops. More prizes will be announced as they become available. The winner will be announced on our main blog at www.pumpupyourbookpromotion.wordpress.com on September 26!

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