Interview with Clancy Tucker, author of Gunnedah Hero

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you all had a safe and enjoyable holiday season.

This week heralds the return of my regular blogging posts.  And this year I have some exciting interviews lined  up.  that not only promote talented independently published Australian authors, but also  small press publishers, and independent publishing houses.

And from my own writing corner, I also have some exciting projects on the horizon.  All will be revealed in due course.

With that said,  I kick off 2012 with an interview with Clancy Tucker, author of Gunnedah Hero, an historic Australian adventure novel for children and young adults. Gunnedah Hero is published by Morris Publishing Australia (refer below for more information about Morris Publishing Australia and their publishing-submission details).

Clancy joins me today as part of his blog tour promoting Gunnedah Hero. This interview is courtesy of Morris Publishing Australia.

Without further ado, I’d like to  introduce you to Clancy Tucker.

Welcome Clancy.

Hi  Helen, thank you for hosting me on my blog tour.

My pleasure Clancy. To start, could you tell us a little about yourself and your writing journey.

What’s left to tell … let’s see …now that I write full time, I am a prolific writer. I have at least ten completed manuscripts and a file with over 400 story ideas. I’m sure I won’t live long enough to complete them all. As well as Gunnedah Hero, I have had ten short stories published, and articles published in Kid Magazine in the USA. I won a poetry prize to name a life-size statue designed by renowned Belgian sculptor, Bruno Torfs – that was a buzz.

Who is your favourite author and why?

Difficult question. I still love the works of Andrew Barton ‘Banjo’ Paterson and Henry Lawson, but Lord Jeffrey Archer would be my favourite modern writer. Lord Archer is an extraordinary storyteller. His works are entertaining, passionate and credible – page flippers.

Some writers have a preferred writing schedule.  Do you?

No! Get up and get into it. Most days, seven days a week, I spend 12 – 14 hours on my work.

Do you have a favourite place to write?

Yes, my study. I call it the ‘engine room’. I have always been inspired and motivated in that room. It is full of books and nostalgic souvenirs from my travels.

What is your greatest joy in writing?

Completing a novel is the greatest, but receiving a Highly Commended award in the National Literary Awards in 2007 was a buzz.

Do you have any tips for writers about the writing process or the path to publishing?

You must be passionate about writing. If you’re not, don’t bother. It’s one of the toughest gigs in town. Try to write every day. Accept rejection as part of the journey. Always write for your reader – not for yourself.

And when you succeed, slink into a private space, punch the air, and silently scream, ‘Yes! Love ya work!’

Tell us about Gunnedah Hero.

Gunnedah Hero is an historic adventure that is enjoyed by 9 to 90 year-olds.

The book parallels the story of two fourteen year old boys. One a present day student named Gunnie, the other his great-great-grandfather, Smokey. Gunnie’s grandfather left him a box containing a manuscript written by Smokey after his epic journey up the long paddock as a fourteen-year-old drover – during a harsh drought in 1910. At the back of the manuscript is an envelope. It’s NOT to be opened until Gunnie has read the entire story. On a visit to the family property, Gunnie discovers that it is again under threat – but from a different source. He must read the story and letter in an attempt to save it. I had so much fun writing this book that I’m planning a couple of follow up stories.

Where can we buy the book?

It’s available as a paperback from and

eBook available from Smashwords:

and Google eBooks:

Thanks Clancy for sharing a little about your writing journey.  We wish you and Morris Publishing Australia every success with Gunnedah Hero.


But before you all disappear – competition giveaway details below.


As a part of this blog tour, Morris Publishing Australia and Clancy Tucker are giving three eBooks to readers of the blogs. Go to and use the form on the Contact Page.  Fill in your first name, email address, and put Blog Competition and your preferred eBook format in the message.  Morris Publishing and Clancy assure you  will love this heart-warming story. (Choose from ePub, PDF, Kindle)

The winners will be drawn on January 31st, 2012. All winners will be notified by email and their eBook will be attached.


PAPERBACK PRICE SLASHED: From 14th to 31st January, the price of the Gunnedah Hero paperback will be slashed to $25. Go to the website and choose the Buy Now button under Discount copy text. The usual postage charge will apply.   

And, if  you have missed any of Clancy’s blog tour, please check out.


 January 14th – Author Interview

January 15th – Book Review

January 16th: – Article – Writing Historical Fiction

January 17th: – Author Interview

January 18th: – Review

January 19th: – Review

January 20th:  – Author interview

January 22nd: – Review

January 23rd:

January 24th: – Review

 January 25th: – Author Interview

January 25th: – Author interview

January 26th: Grand finale – – What’s next for Clancy

Before we wind up, here is a little about Morris Publishing Australia.


Morris Publishing Australia is a boutique publishing company created by Lou and Elaine Morris. With the future of traditional publishing in doubt, the cut backs to acceptance of new authors, and the growth of digital publishing, they felt it was timely to throw their hat into the ring and help other writers achieve their dream. Their author list is growing every day. 2012 will be a big year.

Publishing Opportunities:

Morris Publishing Australia are offering two opportunities for publication at present. The first is a competition to find the first five books to be published in paperback and eBook format, and the second is an eBook only submissions opportunity for authors who want to test the waters before they commit to full publishing.

Refer to the submissions page for details of both offers.

Don’t forget to follow Clancy’s interesting blog tour.

Have an inspirational week everyone.

Interview with Clancy Tucker. Interview courtesy of Morris Publishing Australia 2012.

Helen Ross writes supports talented independently published authors, small press publishers, and independent publishing houses.

About Helen Ross

Welcome to my creative world. I have many passions; some of which I write about in my blog posts. I have a quirky sense of humour, and dance to the beat of my own drum. Thanks for dropping by and hope you visit again soon. I always have tea, coffee, wine and cake.
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