Happy 4th of July to all U&F listeners in the USA! And many thanks to one in particular, Stephanie Newland, who took time out from the holiday celebrations to get a snap of herself and her U&F merch at Dead Lake, Minnesota. It’s great to see the dark world of U&F in such a sunny and peaceful setting … at least till the fireworks start.
Don’t have U&F merch of your own? Then get some from my Redbubble store today. Go on, do it while it still exists, because nothing lasts forever 🧛🏼♂️
Aloha! My thanks to Anne Smith in Hawaii, who joins me as a contributor to the U&F Merch Around The World gallery with these two pics. One is taken near Diamond Head, the other on the beach on Oahu, Hawaii. The Ribena is a reference to a detail in my unfinished work, Still of the Night at Patreon. A nice touch, I think.
If you have U&F merch and you’d like to share it with me and the world, take a pic of it near a local landmark and send it to “mike @ mikebennettauthor . com” (no gaps in the email address). Don’t forget to say where it’s taken. And if you don’t have U&F merch, why not get some today from my Redbubble store? You can be the coolest person on your street … if only everyone else understood why 😊
Hello there! So, first off, I posted a new podcast yesterday, so check your feeds for U&F After Hours 3. Just me on the show this time; Pauline was at work when I was recording and I felt I couldn’t postpone being in your ears another moment longer.
Also, I had a great idea!! Or at least what I think is a great idea …
Are you the proud owner of an item of U&F merch? If so, this idea involves you (if you’re game). And if not, then buy some immediately from my RedBubble store! Click here
Then, once you have whatever it is your heart desires, rush out to your nearest local landmark and take a pic of yourself, and/or your item of merch, in front of the local landmark. I went out in Wexford Town today to do just that …
The one on the left is me (modelling one of my U&F tees) with the Pikeman in Wexford Town, and the one on the right is one of my U&F mugs with Admiral John Barry, credited with being the father of the US Navy (he was born in Wexford).
Now, I realise you may not have a significant local landmark where you live. We can’t all have an Eiffel Tower or a Statue of Liberty on our doorstep. But maybe you have a favourite shop, pub, or supermarket where you could take a selfie with your merch? While it may be “boring old Walmart” to you, to other people around the world it’s a completely new thing that they’ve never seen before. For example, here’s me in front of one of my favourite Wexford shops, Red Books in St Peter’s Square …
And then, once you’ve taken your photo, email it to me at: mike @ mikebennettauthor .com (minus the gaps), and I can then start a gallery of pics called U&F Merch Around the World. “What a great idea!” I hear you cry. “I hope someone else does it, because I’m not going to.” Nooooooo! You have to do it, yes, you! Because those other peeps, they won’t do it. They never do. So, be one of the happy few, and join me in theU&F Merch Around the World gallery. It’ll be awesome! 😊
The fourth book in the Underwood and Flinch Saga is now available in its complete first draft state at Patreon. The story, which follows on from U&F: Underground, is currently called U&F: Legion (though this will soon change to U&F: The Devil of Claverton).
The podcast is 13 episodes long and continues Underwood’s backstory from where it left off in U&F: Blood and Smoke (or Season 2, if you’re thinking in terms of podcasts).
In it, we travel to Colonial America in the year 1719, where Underwood goes in search of his lost love, Martha. Though little does he know, he himself is the object of a search by his persistent nemesis, Henry Verlaine.
You can access Legion/The Devil of Claverton, and over fifty other U&F podcasts that have not yet aired in my free podcast, by becoming a patron of mine at Patreon. Just sign up at the $3 a month level (or the equivalent in your local currency, which you’ll see reflected on the site when you go there). Then copy your unique Patreon RSS code into your podcast app* (they’ll email it to you). And then all my Patreon podcasts – at your pledge level – will appear in your app, just like those of any other podcast.
*Note. Spotify does not work with the Patreon RSS code at the time of this blog post.
Episode 2 of the U&F Q&A show is now available in my podcast feed. In it, my wife Pauline asks me some questions about U&F Season 3, Episode 2 (which, if you’re on Patreon is U&F Underground Episode 1). Pauline had to come up with the questions herself because we didn’t receive any submitted from listeners, but if you’d like to submit a question about U&F Season 3Episode 3 (or any episode of U&F previous to it), you can do so using the email address I mention on the show. You could even record it using your phone and send me an audio recording if you like, that way you can be on the show “in person”. Très cool, no?
Also, for Patreon listeners, there’s an extended episode of the show which includes the segment, “What’s on Our TV?” in which we talk about the shows we’ve been watching lately, which this time includes The Wilds and The Dropout.
I was delighted today to finally receive my Irish passport. It marks the end of a two-year process (and not a cheap one, either), but it’s all been worth it. I shall raise a Guinness or two tonight to celebrate. Sláinte!
Just in case you’re a friend, family member, or listener who’s a friend of mine on Facebook and may be wondering if I’ve unfriended you because my personal profile has disappeared from your news feed, I haven’t. I’ve just deactivated my profile. Facebook can be a big distraction from work (as we all know), as well as an all-too-easy (lazy) alternative to doing something constructive when you get some downtime. So I just turned it off.
However, I will continue to moderate and maintain my Facebook group, Mike Bennett Author page, and Underwood and Flinch pages, from my Mike Bennett Author profile. So I’m still there, just not via my personal profile, at least for now. I’m sure I’ll be back at a later date 🙂
Hey there! I’ve just posted episode one of a new short podcast show featuring me and my wife Pauline talking about U&F Season 3.
Basically, the format is Pauline asking me about each episode of the podcast, my ideas and inspirations etc. It’s like those podcasts where you have fans talking about a TV show … but without the fans. But saying that, it would be nice to get some fans on the show too. More on that further down.
This first episode deals with the short story Disturbing the Devil, which was the opening episode of Season 3. One of the things I talk about in the episode is this train ❤️ ….
The next episode will focus on S3 Episode One (David returns to England to rescue Lisa), so if you have any questions about that which you’d like to ask, you can send them to me via Twitter or Facebook, and Pauline will ask me them on the next show. Alternatively, you can record your question and send it in to me as a recording, and then we’ll play it on air, this way you can be on the show too. Huzzah!!
P.S. if you’re interested in sending in an audio question, message me at Twitter or Facebook and we’ll agree a suitable delivery method for your recording 😁
Pauline and I went for a swim yesterday. I was massively reluctant to go. There was a freezing wind coming out of the east; the sea temperature is 8.5°C; there were waves that made swimming hopeless; the tide was out so we had to walk for ages till we got anywhere deep, BUT, as always, once you’re in, it’s lovely.
A small nugget of info. In U&F, the fictional town of Almacena is based on a real-life town called Olvera, in Cadiz, Andalucia. I was living there when I first got the idea for U&F, and the town became the main location for the story. I follow a couple of Facebook pages about the place, and today I saw that town has just appeared on a Spanish stamp celebrating rural tourism. In fact, it’s become the “Capital del Turismo Rural 2021”.
If you have a great memory for detail, maybe you can recall Underwood stashing a bag of clothes in the rocky seat of the castle? Well, you can see both rocky seat, and castle, in the pic (the building at the highest point). While fictional places like La Reina de Corazones and the restaurant Gerald referred to as “The Blazing Sausage” were loosely based on a bar and restaurant in the foreground area of the pic at at the bottom. In reality, there were no British pubs in the town, at least when I was there, I made that bit up based on the kind of places you find on the coast.
If you’d like a closer look at the place, here’s a recent YouTube video (07:41 length). It’s in Spanish, but you can always choose subtitles, or just look at the imagery: https://youtu.be/7h_PaDS1Zg4