I am honored to have on my blog today
and his book The Insect Hotel
About the Author
David Stringer is the proud author of ‘The Insect Hotel’, his first book, where he got to write about and include three of his passions in life. His family, his love of nature and a small sprinkling of humour. He thoroughly enjoyed creating and writing his book and hope’s others get some entertainment from it, he secretly knows people will!
After studying and passing his honours degree in science, David embarked on a career in education working with secondary school children helping many too progress, develop and achieve more than they where expected too.
He has however, along with pursuing his dream of publishing a book, also changed career direction ‘again’ by further continuing his studies and going into a career with the National Health service. David isn’t one for sitting still or getting bored, he’s one for trying to get the most out of life and enjoying it to the full.
One of the aspects of the book that David is proud of, is the high praise and regard TV celebrity and nature expert Bill Oddie OBE gives both the book and author as part of his foreword. As a Bill Oddie fan David will treasure these words.
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About the Book
The Insect Hotel
by David Stringer
Kindle Edition, 80 pages
Published September 1st 2013
A 2013 Wishing Shelf Gold award Winner! With Amazon UK having Twelve 5* reviews and Amazon US having Nine 5* reviews with comments like “Masterfully executed to include humour, reality and a pinch of magic!”.
Read the fun times and adventures Harry and his Dad share together during the day while working in their garden, then enjoy the fictional bed time stories Dad creates for Harry about all the new insect friends they have met that day.
The book also contains a lovely foreword from Nature expert and TV personality ‘Bill Oddie’ who shares his high regard for both book and author with quotes like “if you think you can write better, I bet you can’t!”.
A book you and your young one’s will love and share together.
“This is actually a really good book” – Bill Oddie – TV presenter(less)
What’s something that amazes you?
Sorry to give a cheesy answer, but straight away have to say my five year old son, Harry. He’s an absolute smasher who doesn’t cease to amaze me on a daily basis! His observations, cracking memory and sense of humour are a wonder to behold. A real character that soon becomes centre of attention, even taking over my brother’s wedding recently, where friends and family where more interested and entertained by what he was up too…than anything else going on.
When do you find yourself singing?
When something goes well or I’ve achieved something I’ve worked hard for, like passing one of my medical exams. Normally bust a few little dance moves as well.
What movie deserves a sequal?
A comedy film called Space Balls! Bit of a parody of the star wars films, which even now makes me chuckle! Although with John Candy no longer being with us, not sure this would be possible as he was brilliant in it. But I pick, one I’m sure no one else would, Space Balls.
“When you’re right, your right, and man…your always right”!
If you could travel in time, were would you go?
As a young school boy ‘back in the day’ I wrote a book for a school project, about having a time machine! My young creative juices where overflowing as I was excited about what adventures to write about, scribbling out drafts, ideas and daydreaming for hours about different era’s in time, until as per usual time seemed to run away from me…and I had to rush a quick chapter or two on visiting the 16th century and the dangerous buccaneering times of pirates. So I’d visit Jamaica and Tortuga in the times of pirates! Although if truth be told, I’d more than likely spend most of my time hiding in a bar, drinking rum trying to avoid fights. Gulp.
Also hasten to add that this was long before Disney’s Captain Sparrow made pirates popular with kids! I believe this makes me…ahead of my time. ☺
It’s a rainy Sunday afternoon, What movie would you want to see on TV?
One of my favorite past times! And a tough question to answer, but I’m going to say any one of the Lord of the Rings/Hobbit films. Read the books as a kid and love the films now I’m older, due to a sprinkling of nostalgia I suspect.
If you went to a Psychiatrist, what would he/she say you suffer from?
That I’ve probably got or suffer from grandiose delusions of being ‘very funny’ when in fact, I’m far from that! ☹
For example, my best joke: Two sandwiches walk into a bar, the barman say’s “Sorry lads, not today!” Both sandwiches look at each other confused, turn to the barman and ask “why?”
“Because we don’t serve food in here!” ha ha, good right??
What was your favorite childhood game?
One of the few things my Dad would play with me as a boy was chess, so have fond memories of playing the game with him as he taught me how to play. Then found, as time went by that I was getting better and slowly starting to beat him…my confidence rose. Looking back unclear if he started letting me win or not, but at the time didn’t feel that he was, wasn’t his style.
Due to this and these memories I ensure I play proper, old fashioned if you like board and card games with my two boys. Encouraging them to have fun, learn and improve all the time.
What is your favorite kind of cereal?
Honey nut Corn flakes! Easy.
What is your favorite snack food?
Bacon flavored crisps. As a parent, suspect I should be saying something like an Apple…sorry.
How do you like to relax?
With a nice, cold beverage (lager) out in the sunshine. Is that a naughty answer? Oh well.
What is the scariest scene you remember from a movie as a kid?
I’ve always been a bit wimpy when it comes to horror and scary films! So generally, even now, avoid them! Do remember though being quite traumatized by the Arnold Schwarzenegger film ‘Terminator’ as a kid. Where he keeps coming back to life to hunt down the good guys, but mainly the scene where he’s repairing his own damaged eye in the mirror. Yuk.
Remember this leading to me having some nightmares about Schwarzenegger chasing after me, just like in the film, although with the strange twist that he had a huge permed haircut!
If you could be a member of any TV sitcom family, which would it be?
Tough one, as not a big TV fan, but tempted and think will pick The Simpsons. As how many big stars or celebrities do they come across each day? Their always up for a laugh, don’t take life to seriously but when push comes to shove…love each other and would do anything for each other. So the Simpsons!
If you could change your first name, what would you change it to?
Mmmmmmm, how many first names go with Stringer? Maybe something exotic like Esteban would be cool, but don’t think Esteban Stringer really goes??
I’ll stick with David.
What is your all time favorite place to go?
Lovely country parks, so any of them! The Derbyshire Dales are lovely.
What season do you prefer? Why?
You are a superhero, What is your superpower and Who is your Supervillian?
Wow, must have discussed this quite a few times in my geeky, younger days! Difficult to think of a superpower that is original, so apologises if I pick something you’ve heard or seen before. Tempted to pick something like ‘Hindsight’ the man who sees’s glimpses of the future, so I would soon end up nice and rich, but suspect this power would soon become boring as life becomes predictable due to always knowing what’s going to happen, like watching a bad film or reading a dull book. Mmmmmmm, so won’t pick that one.
Let’s go for something action packed and adrenaline fuelled, opposite of me now (ha ha), how about the power to change into any animal or bird! So I get too fly high in the sky like a bird of prey, swooping around mountains and fields. I can then change into a Cheetah or Zebra and go for a fast, neck breaking run in the wetlands! Wild and free, travelling around the world seeing all the fantastic sights…but then on the side I help battle for the good of animals and Mother Nature against my arch rivals ‘Industry’ and ‘Greed’.
(Cheeky book plug warning!) Then turn into an insect, and stop in at The Insect Hotel for a rest 😉
Name I book you suggest everyone must read? (Not including yours)
This is a difficult question to answer! Erm….I’ll go for The Ghost of Sherwood by Wilson Harp. A interesting and believable slant/twist on the famous Robin Hood story/legend.
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