Monday, August 22, 2016

Straight From the Mouth of Julianne McLean, co-author of Cocktails and Mock-Tales

Thanks for letting us interrogate you!  Can you give us a go-for-the-gut answer as to why you wanted to be an author? 

I love to write. If anyone reads it,it is a bonus!

Tell us (we won’t tell promise!) is it all it’s cracked up to be?  I mean what are the perks and
what are the demands? 

The perks are seeing the book on e-book  and print for the first time and watching people buy and enjoy themselves. The demands are minimal if you enjoy writing and cartooning

Which route did you take – traditional or self-published – and can you give us the nitty gritty low down on what’s that like? 

We went  traditional  and the hardest part is finding a publisher who is impressed with the book as much as we are

What’s the snarkiest thing you can say about the publishing industry (e.g. rejections, the long wait, etc.) 

I think it is sad that so many book shops have now closed with the advent of e-books. It has become tougher to sell to the bookshops as they have dwindling funds

Tell us for real what your family feels about you spending so much time getting your book written, polished, edited, formatted, published, what have you? 

They are happy when I am happy and even happier when they see the results

What was the craziest or insane thing that happened to you in the book publishing process? 

Writing this blog. I did not save it to my computer and had to redo. I wish I could remember what I wrote the first time round. I am sure it was better.

How about the social networks?  Which ones do you believe help and which ones do you wish you could avoid? 

You would have to ask my publisher. He is the guru here. I have had many requests for the book in print on face-book as people want to give our book as gifts

Book sales.  Don’t you just love them (or lack of?)?  How are you making the sales happen for you? 

I am” micro-marketing”, calling individual book shops around Australia. Mark and I will be doing television morning shows and I have already done interviews with local magazines

What is one thing you’d like to jump on the rooftop and scream about? 

Mark’s cartooning ability and wit

About the Authors

Julianne has created & organized targeted national launches, press coverage, television appearances, publicity events and community service affiliations for a varied range of entities including: “Masai Barefoot Technology” – therapeutic footwear company; award-winning cartoonist Mark Lynch’s book – “How Green is My Planet” with forewords from Spike Milligan and David Suzuki; best-selling recipe book, “Barbies for Blokes” with recipes from celebrities such as Peter Brock, Jeff Fenech and Guy Leech and the sequel “More Barbies for Blokes” (These later publications were co-authored by Julianne); John Gill, eight times World Martial Arts Champion and Hornsby Council’s sports complexes that won the national award for “Best Swim School Promotion”. Julianne has just produced directed and written a DVD for Holland America Cruise lines based on their exercise programs and is publishing her new book “Cocktails and Mock Tales”.

Visit Julianne McLean on Facebook!

Mark Lynch our Australian cartoonist, describes himself as being born “sometime in the middle of the last century.”

After doing a variety of Jobs, Mark became a QANTAS Flight attendant and he quips that “the next nineteen years of his life resembled an exotic beer commercial set in a variety of world- wide locations”.

Mark was editorial cartoonist for the leading publication, “The Australian” newspaper. His work has been enjoyed in more publications than you could count, ranging from Australian dailies, even ‘Le News Switzerland”. Mark’s cartoons appear in a variety of forms and diversity world-wide including video screens in the Berlin and Munich subway system where they are seen by 1.5 million people a day.

Mark is the recipient of 48 international and Australian cartoon awards!

Mark lives in Sydney with his lovely wife, Jenny, and two sons and to learn more about Mark and see further cartoons, visit

About the Book:

Cocktails and Mock- Tales is not just about alcoholic beverages. The book is about sensations that tickle your tastebuds and humour that tickles your fancy. It includes non-alcoholic beverages that the whole family can enjoy and even herbal recipes for the adventurous.

Have one extremely tall high ball glass and a giant cocktail shaker at the ready
Unlimited centilitres of wit and humour
9 cl or 3oz titillating snippets of history and gossip
Add flavours of exotic destinations
A dusting of spice mixed with satire
Several centilitres of high spirits (optional)

Shake with vigour. Garnish with an open mind and your own sense of humour
Now you are ready to truly laugh and savour Cocktails and Mock Tales!
Amaze your friends and family with your knowledge of the origins of international beverages and excite their tastebuds with these exotic sensations.

For More Information

  • Cocktails & Mock-Tales is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

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