Who the heck is JT Bird ??
Can you, for those who don't know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I’ve actually been a stand-up comedian for the last ten years, performing primarily in London. I also run a popular comedy night for up and coming comedians!! But after a decade of trying to make drunkards giggle, I started itching for a change of scene and a fresh challenge. I decided to write a novel!! And thanks to my supportive wife, who let me hide away each night, tapping away on my laptop – I somehow managed to finish it :D
Tell us something really interesting that's happened to you!
I actually had a stroke when I was just 22 years old, during my time at university. A cerebral venus thrombosis – which does sound more like an eighties pop group!! But I have no doubt that without that experience, and a horrible month on a hospital bed, I wouldn’t have become a comedian and I certainly would not have attempted a novel. So, as terrible as it was, that ordeal did motivate me to try and achieve my dreams. Every cloud, as they say.
What are some of your pet peeves?
Ha ha – where do I start!! People who wear sunglasses on a gloomy day. Anybody who vapes while I’m walking behind them – and sprays me with raspberry fumes. People who close their eyes when they talk. Agents and publishers who scoff at anthropomorphic animal fiction…
If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?
I’d have every intention of spending that last day furiously trying to cure a disease or stop every war – but in reality, I’d probably just stay in bed surrounded by chocolate muffins– and binge on Netflix.