Thursday, September 27, 2007

Bad News

The release date of Rainbow and the Mountain of Life has been extended once again. As a result the book launch for the 29th September has been cancelled.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Poll Result

I thought it would be interesting to see which of my forthcoming books my public were interested in, so I took advantage of the new poll option and set up a vote. Now the poll is closed and here are the results:-

Rainbow and the Mountain of Life got 44% of the vote. It started off with little interest, which amazed me as it is so soon to be released, but in the last few days the votes started to pick up and it tied for first place with...

Tottie the Demon Rabbit Slayer, which also got 44% and seems to be the most hotly anticipated of my books. In one way I'm not surprised it got so many early votes (I thought it was going to prove most popular for a while) mainly because of Tottie, but also because it is something new and will be a darker, more comic departure from the Kingdom of Animals.

Writing is Easy failed to receive any votes, which is no surprise given that I haven't announced it yet. Rather more surprising, a future Kingdom of Animals novel received no votes either. Proving that Tottie the Demon Rabbit Slayer is going to be hot property, a future Tottie title received 11% of the vote.

This has given me much food for thought and will influence how my schedule for 2008 will pan out. Remember, all you eager Tottie fans, the scheduled release date for TTDRS isn't until Christmas 2007. You'll just have to make do with Rainbow and the Mountain of Life until then, which will be launched 29th September 2007.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Rainbow and the Mountain of Life

Here is the front cover of Rainbow, as promised. Remember, release date is 29th September, so get your orders in early, if you haven't already.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

And the WINNER IS....

You're going to have to wait for a couple of more weeks to find out! I will announce the winner on Sunday 2nd September. All the entrants have been notified in a personal email from me. I look forward to seeing you all there.
Mungs xx

Monday, August 20, 2007

New Date Scheduled for Book Launch

Good news everyone! I have rescheduled the launch of Rainbow and the Mountain of Life for Saturday September 29th. I know it seems like a long wait, but the date will be upon us in no time. Because the launch date is just under six weeks away, I have decided not to keep the announcement of the So You Want To Be Like Mungo? winners until that date. I have yet to fix a suitable date to announce the winner, but I will let you know as soon as I do. I will also be posting the cover art to Rainbow soon.
Mungs xxx

Friday, August 17, 2007

DNOTY 07 Poll results on DN Blog

I don't know if any of you regularly visit the Year of the Nodpots - the unofficially official Nodpot blog - but last week they had a poll to see who you thought would win Disresponsible Nodpot of the Year 2007. The candidates were moi, Valpot, Inkpot, Sparkie (?) and other. Valpot and Inkpot tied for first place while I ended up with second place and 20% of the vote.
Has everyone forgotten that I am the most productive Nodpot? I published a book last year, having never written before, and submitted it to 15 agents. This year I have already published my second book, waiting on release for my third, have my fourth book scheduled for December publication, and what about my fantastic seminar at the Fight to Write Conference, not to mention my So you want to be like Mungo? competition? My books have been voted best reads of the month THREE times already this year on the Year of the Nodpots. How can anyone say I am not worthy to win DNOTY 2007?
Of course, I'm not making a song and dance about this because I don't need to win DNOTY 2007 to feel validated. After all, I have my books, critical acclaim, achievements, winnings and fans while the others have - well, let me see - nothing.

Monday, August 13, 2007


I'm afraid I have some very bad news to tell you, loyal fans. The launch of Rainbow and the Mountain of Life, due for tomorrow, will have to be cancelled indefinitely. Due to a series of technical faults, the launch is unable to go ahead. I would reschedule it for a later date, but at the moment I am all at sea as to when these faults can be rectified. I know this is very sad news, but try not to take it too hard. Unfortunately it also means that the announcement of the short story competition winner has also been postponed. I apologise to all who have entered. I will contact you soon and let you know what is going on.
Mungs xxx

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

#4 - Clondalkin Library

My eyes in the city have spotted my books in yet another location - a library this time no less. Thanks Valpot for sending these snaps in.

Have you seen my books anywhere? If so, take some photos and send them in to me at

Thursday, July 26, 2007

The Judge is Judging

For years I was a judge and made regular judgements on a whole variety of subjects, but I am finding judging my writing competition much harder than any case that came before me in the courts. I can't comment on the individual stories (and I don't know who wrote what, as Iseult has removed the names) but I can say that the standard is unbelievably high. I didn't realise there were so many talented scribes out there. Of course, only the best people read my books. I am blown away by the range of stories, the imagination of plots and how the Kingdom of Animals is interpreted in each entry. No two stories are the same. It is going to be really tough to pick one of these as the winner.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Time is UP!

The deadline has passed and my first (and possibly last) great competition has closed. The entries are all in (and if anyone tries to enter now, tough) and it is time for the judging to commence. There will be much cogitation and deliberation over the next few days. Good luck to every one who entered. I look forward to reading your stories!

Thursday, July 05, 2007

18 More Days and Counting

Just a reminder to any considering entering my brilliant competition that the closing date is fast approaching. Some people seem to be hesitant that their writing will not be good enough or that I will judge them harshly. NONSENSE! Why I am looking for is first and foremost a good story, and a strong understanding of The Kingdom of Animals. If you have that, it doesn't matter if you can't spell or if your sentence structure is a bit out there. Of course, if you have that AND a great story, you will probably win! Remember, writing is easy. Write about what you love, with passion, and believe in your story. That way, I'll probably love it too!
And for those of you who haven't heard about my competition (where have you been living?) - I'm looking for a short story set in the Kingdom of Animals (but with original characters, which means not ones you've read about in my books) of no more than 2000 words. The closing date is 23rd July. The winner will be notified within two weeks. The prize winning story will be published (with illustration by Iseult) with my new book RAINBOW AND THE MOUNTAIN OF LIFE, due out in August. Entry is free, so what have you to lose? Email me your entry at
Terms and conditions: Entry to the competition is free. Friends and relatives to Mungo are allowed enter. Nodpot points may be gained from entering, but only if you are a member of the Disresponsible Nodpots. Winners will be notified before August 14th 2007. Entries are likely to be illustrated. All entrants must agree to allow Mungo publish their stories in whatever way he sees fit. Mungo's decision is final.

Monday, July 02, 2007

#3 - Hughes & Hughes - Dundalk

Iseult posing with my books

Leaf and Mango - new titles in Hughes & Hughes
More news of my books being spotted while out and about. Dundalk seems to be well and truly stocked with copies of both my first and second novel on display not only in Easons but also in Hughes & Hughes.
Thanks Iseult for sending in the photos. Maybe one day you will have your own books on display in these book shops too.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

#2 Easons in the Marshes - Dundalk

Pinky posing with a copy of Leaf in Easons
Mango is also on display

My roving fans sent me in these recent pictures taken on a visit to Easons in the Marshes Shopping Centre in Dundalk. Not only do they have copies of Mango, the Unlucky Monkey, but they also still have copies of my first book, Leaf in Search of Ramune. Both, I am reliably informed, were on the shelves (9+ readers section) and also on separate display stands (as pictured).
So, where else have you seen my books?
Thanks, Pinky, for sending in the images and information.
Mungs xx

Thursday, June 21, 2007

#1 Waterstones in Scotch Hall, Drogheda

Look what Iseult spotted in Waterstones in Drogheda today when shopping with her mum. That's right - Mango the Unlucky Monkey! She was clever enough to snap a photo and send it into me. Where have you spotted Mango or my first novel, Leaf? Let me know!

Sunday, June 17, 2007


Summer is here and everyone is out and about, including me. With the longer evenings, and holidays and everything, loads of people are going into bookshops and taking books abroad. This put in mind for an exciting new project -


Before the end of the summer, I want to see pictures of my books abroad on holiday or in bookshops around the world. What I want you to do - my loyal Mungobots - is bring your books with you the next time you are out and about and snap a photo of them. Email me the photo and the location, and I will post it on the blog. The best picture at the end of the summer will earn a fantastic mystery prize for the person who snapped it.

So get out your cameras, your mobiles and any other photographic devices you might have and start shooting!

Mungs xxx

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Technical Problem

A few months ago my good friends Mango and Tottie made a trailer for my first novel, Leaf. In lieu of the recent excitement about Dean Koontz's trailer competition for The Good Guy and Darren Shan's trailer for his new book, I decided I would load my trailer on to youtube and post it on my blog.

Sounds like a good idea, right?

Starting the youtube account was easy, but then I got into problems. Iseult recorded the trailer from her sony handycam dvd onto ordinary dvd and opened it in windvd on the laptop. She has successfully captured pictures from movies plenty of times using this programme, and assured me that she could also capture video. However, she found that the 'quickclip' function only works for - you guessed it - quick clips of no more than 30 seconds and it doesn't record sound. This isn't too bad, because we can always loop in the sound for the trailer, but it might cause a problem for later projects. Also, windows movie maker is causing problems with editing the clips together. All in all, the task is proving extremely time consuming if not near impossible.

When things didn't turn out easy, Iseult came crying to me for assistance. Now, I know I can sort it out but I thought I would turn to my friends out there on the world wide web first to see if they have any tips for me. What I want to know is, what is the easiest and/or best way to get clips (with sound) from dvd onto your computer and posted onto youtube. Ideas for editing software would be great too.

Come on fans, there must be one of you out there who is pc savvy.

Mungs xxx

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Heavy Weather

The last few days have been so hot and heavy I haven't been able to do anything but lounge on my cup and think about Rainbow (and talk to Miss Monkey too, of course). Then, today, it is so cold and dark, wet and windy, that I just want to curl up with some hot chocolate and snooze. Lesser geniuses than myself would use the weather as a comment on their writing, but my works speak for themselves.

Still no new competition entries.

Mungs xxx

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

This one is for you Pamela!

Wow! It has been a long time since I last blogged, hasn't it? Well, dear fans (and one dearest fan in particular) I apologise for my long absence. I know that being deprived of my pearls of wisdom must be hard on you all.

First of all, a catch up of what I have been doing over the last few months. Unlike Darren Shan (who I believe is a favourite of Iseult and Valerie), I have not been able to get my nation wide and international tour on track. Iseult was recently visiting in Blackpool and I tried to persuade her to take me along with some of my books to flog them to the Brits, but she didn't agree (weird). So, all plans for a tour with Mango are off. I will, however, have plans for touring later in the year with Rainbow and the Mountain of Life, publishing date 14th August. Watch this blog for further news on this. Also, if you want me to visit your school/bookshop/home, write to me with your idea for the event, how many people will be there and how many books you will want and I'll see if I am free.

The weather has been really nice here for the last few months and Miss Monkey and I have been enjoying it, but time has come for me to work again. I have to get back to writing if I am going to make my publishing date for Rainbow. I plan on starting it this week, so watch this space!

On news of Mango, the Unlucky Monkey, I have had reports coming in that a young boy and his mother are enjoying it greatly. Apparently the idea of a monkey without a tail has captured his imagination (I thought it was a good idea too!). If you have any stories about how much you love my books, let me know and I might report them here!

Anyway, I'm off now. Til next time, Mungo-bots!

Mungs xxx

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Exciting News!

I received my first competition entry yesterday. I was dying to read it, but Iseult said I had to wait until the competition closed and then read all of them at the same time (how is that even possible!?) It is very difficult to leave it waiting for me, but I will be strong. I can't wait for the rest to come rolling in.

Mungs xx

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Mango the Unlucky Monkey goes NATIONAL!

The weather is tumultuous outside with rain one minute, stone splitting sunshine the next and ever present strong winds. However, I don't have much time to ponder on the atmospheric joys as I am busy planning my touring schedule with Miss Monkey. Next leg of the national tour is Dublin. If any fans out there know of a suitable venue which will still be free for bookings in May, please let me know. Also, if any fans out there would like Mango to be launched in their city, town, village or country - let me know. I might even consider doing it.

Mungs xx

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

I want to be like Mungo!!! COMPETITION!!!

So you want to be like Mungo? You've read Leaf: In Search of Ramune and were blown away by his wit and imaginative prose. You've seen the pictures of him winning Disresponsible Nodpot of the Year 2006 and you've read about him getting the job done.

But where do you start when you want to follow in your hero's paw prints?

This amazing new competition may just be the leg up you need. How would you like to see your name in print along with Mungo's in his next novel - Rainbow and the Mountain of Life - due out in August 2007? Interested? You should be. Here is the deal. Mungo is going to publish one lucky winner's story at the back of his next book. All you have to do is write a short story set in the Kingdom of Animals, but starring original characters, in the style of Mungo and sent it in. It is that simple! Stories should be no more than 2000 words long and the closing date is 23rd July 2007. Email your stories to All stories will be read and judged by Mungo.

And remember - WRITING IS EASY!!

Terms and conditions: Entry to the competition is free. Friends and relatives to Mungo are allowed enter. Nodpot points may be gained from entering, but only if you are a member of the Disresponsible Nodpots. Winners will be notified before August 14th 2007. Entries are likely to be illustrated. All entrants must agree to allow Mungo publish their stories in whatever way he sees fit. Mungo's decision is final.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Thoughts on the Book Launch

Hello fans. It's me, Mungo, here again to thank you all for coming to the book launch yesterday and being such a great crowd. I hope you enjoy the book. From the early feedback I have received already, it seems to be going down very well. I'm hearing a lot of 'it's better than Leaf!' which is great to hear. As a writer, I am always striving to improve (how can you improve upon perfection!) and it is gratifying when other people notice your improvements.

A good crowd turned out to the book launch. There were almost all the Nodpots (notable absences from Blueberry and Rusty) as well as many of my fans. Geri Valentine gave a lovely talk as did my dearest friend, Miss Monkey. I gave a reading from the book and Pamela read a short passage as well. Unfortunately the humour of her piece was over shadowed by some immature spectator from the back of the room who couldn't stop laughing over the words 'nut cases'. There is always one.

Book sales were good and I sold out my current stock of books, but don't panic fans - more are on their way.

I'm taking a break from writing for a few weeks to promote Mango, the Unlucky Monkey and then I'll be starting into Rainbow and the Mountain of Life in May. See you all at the next book launch (or catch you on the next leg of my nationwide tour)!

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Mango the Unlucky Monkey Book Launch

It is hard to believe now that Mungo had never put pen to paper - or paw to keyboard - before January 2006. A retired judge of the toy court and retired actor of the silver screen, Mungo had never even considered writing fiction until he set himself the goal of winning Disresponsible Nodpot of the Year 2006 and realised to get enough points for nomination, he would have to write. Not only did he get enough points and win DNOTY '06, but he was also bitten by the writing bug. Now, a year later, he is proud to release his second book based in the Kingdom of Animals - Mango, the Unlucky Monkey.

Mango contains all the humour, imagination and excitement of Mungo's first book, with new characters and more insight into the Kingdom of Animals and our heroes, Leaf and Rainbow. 'The demand for another book was so strong from my fans,' Mungo says 'How could I refuse?'

How could he refuse indeed? With such salubrious fans as children's author, Geri Valentine, top solicitor, Miss Monkey, accountant to the stars and one time movie actress, Parm and his own campaign managers Mango and Tottie, Mungo knew that he had to write another book.

'I knew that I hadn't told all the tales from the Kingdom of Animals. When I finished Leaf, I knew that Leaf and Rainbow had more adventures ahead of them, and I still haven't finished writing all that needs to be written about them,' Mungo says. 'At first I thought it would be hard writing Mango, because it had such a hard standard to live up to in its predecessor, but I think Mango has lived up to Leaf, if not surpassed it.'

Mango, the Unlucky Monkey was launched today with such guest speakers as Geri Valentine and Miss Monkey, as well as a guest reading from Parm.

Mango, the Unlucky Monkey goes on general release on Monday 23rd April 2007, priced €15. Copies of Mango and Leaf are available from Mungo. Paperback copies of Leaf are priced at €15 while hardback copies are €25.

Friday, April 20, 2007

GOOD NEWS! (at last)

MANGO, THE UNLUCKY MONKEY arrived today, only one month late, so the book launch will finally take place on SUNDAY 22nd APRIL 2007 in Blackrock at 3pm. Remember to bring loads of money with you and come expecting to have a fun time. There will be champagne, readings from the book, guest speakers including children's author GERI VALENTINE and top solicitor MISS MONKEY as well as ME, MUNGO the DNOTY '06.
Want to see your own name in print? Come along to the book launch to learn all about my exciting new writing competition - I WANT TO BE LIKE MUNGO - where you could win the fantastic prize of seeing your story in print alongside my next book RAINBOW AND THE MOUNTAIN OF LIFE, due out August 2007.

See you there - if you're lucky!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Bad News

As most of you already know, Mango was not launched on Easter Monday. Mango was not launched at all. This is because it has been ridiculously delayed in being posted out to me. I am furious and I apologise to all my loyal fans for the delay. I will let you know when the launch date will be as soon as I have more information.

Third time lucky.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Bad News

I have bad news, I'm afraid. The launch date for Mango, the Unlucky Monkey has been put back. It was supposed to be Tuesday 20th March but, due to circumstances beyond my control, it will now be Easter Monday 9th April 2007.

I apologise for the delay, but this is the way it goes in the publishing business. All I can do is assure you that it is worth the wait.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Pamela is Great

Today is Pamela is Great day. Pamela is great for many reasons. Here is a poem I wrote, listing a few:-

To Pamela

Pamela, oh so fair,
I love your long silky hair.
The way you laugh is a joy to hear,
Your charming presence to be near
I long to be.
You know the way to care,
You do everything with such flare,
You are to me very dear,
And so I let out this cheer
for you to see!

I hope you like it Pamela, and I'm sorry I didn't see you at the weekend.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Mango Update

Yes, dear readers, Mango the unlucky monkey is finished. Around this time last year, I was almost finished Leaf in Search of Ramune. Everything is on track for a mid March book launch date, and I am planning a book launch party, so I will keep you posted on that. I also want to post the cover image for Mango as soon as possible, but I am still waiting for it from my illustrator, so watch this space.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Hello All

To my dear fans, hello! and warmest welcomes. I am sorry I haven't blogged in so long, but I have been so busy writing my latest novel, Mango the Unlucky Monkey, and getting it ready for its publishing date in March, that I haven't had any time to blog. I hope that in the next couple of weeks, when Mango is all wrapped up and sent out into the world, that I will have more time to update my blog on a daily basis.

So, dear fans, I am still writing and I am still here, and I will be back to you again soon.

Hang in there, because, you know, I'm worth it.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Mungo is great

It is great being me, Mungo. I am so handsome and talented and my writing is going so well at the moment. It has been going so well, in fact, I haven't been able to blog in ages. I know my fans have missed me, but when the muse is strong you have to roll with it. Anyway, I'm just taking a few seconds off to post this message and re connect with the fans. Mango is well on track for March publication and I think it is even better than Leaf - if such a thing is possible!

To Pinky - I hear you sent me an email but I never received it. Of course I would have replied if I had, but I didn't get it so I didn't reply. Love and hugs.

To Sparkie - I hear you are feeling rather depressed at the moment and lacking faith in how wonderful I am. Never lose faith in Mungo, I always keep my promises!

Got to get back writing now.

Mungo x x

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Anniversary of Leaf

Started writing Leaf on the tenth of January 2006. My, how the year has flown. When I first set out on those tentative steps to winning DNOTY, I never thought I would be writing my second book the following year (thought I would have written it last November!)

Have a happy Leaf day!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Where will I put my cup?

My big dilemma now is where to put my lovely Nodpot of the Year cup, so that everyone can see it (especially Iseult, Valerie and Marvin) and I can gloat and see how jealous their pudgy green faces look. I thought I had found the perfect place last night. Iseult got a chest of drawers of something for Christmas and I thought my cup would look nice sitting on it, but she had gone and put girly cleansers and stuff on it, and I'm not going to let my cup share with that kind of stuff, so the search continues (as do the celebrations)

Monday, January 01, 2007

Nodpot of the Year 2006

I won, dear reader. Did you expect anything else?