Book Giveaway & Interivew: Goncalo J. Nunes Dias, Author of The Good Dictator

Folks, please give a warm welcome to Gonçalo J. Nunes Dias. He kindly lets me heckle him with questions and is also offering up 5 ebook copies of The Good Dictator, open internationally! Also, he has a GoodReads giveaway for a hardback going on. So check that out as well! Scroll to the end of the post to check out that giveaway!

In addition, on April 12, 2017, The Good Dictator will be free on both and Smashwords!

If you had to choose someone to rescue you from the jaws of certain death would it be a superhero, supernatural creature, or a space alien?

Definitely a space alien that takes me to their planet.

What has been your worst or most difficult job? How does it compare to writing?

A bartender, I really was the worst bartender of the bar, I had no patience for dealing with the clients. Writing, to me, it’s a hobby, I do it for pleasure.

If you had to survive an apocalyptic attack on Earth, which 4 post-apocalyptic authors would you want with you?

None, in a post-apocalyptic world I prefer handyman people.

Who are some of your favorite book villains?

Jean-Baptiste Grenouille from Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
Raskolnikov from Crime and Punishment
Teresa Mendoza from The Queen of the South

Do you have any phobias?

Rats like Winston Smith in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.

In my experience, some of the best fiction is based on facts. Did you draw upon your Environmental Engineering degree for some aspects of your book?

Yes, no doubts, here’s an excerpt:

Look, Rafael, I don’t know what that is or who they are, but one week ago they parked an object on the Moon and they didn’t make any kind of contact with us until now. This message is not the work of a lunatic who wants to spend money; it would have already been discovered, this message is from someone who sees us as a threat, some kind of plague, and, after an analysis on our consumerist, selfish and destructive behavior decided that six billion of us must die. I don’t know how they are going to do this, but certainly they will do this in a very technologically advanced way and if they are worried about other species, I understand that they will attack especially large cities, I don’t believe they will attack the Amazon region. As such, I believe our only possibility of survival would mean going to an isolated region from the rest of mankind.

If you could sit down and have tea (or a beer) with 5 fictional characters, who would you invite to the table?

I would prefer to sit down and have a nice beer with my grandparents just liked in the old days

What do you do when you are not writing?

Working; playing with my kids; travelling in my own world; trying to find the meaning of life.

Finally, what upcoming events and works would you like to share with the

Well, I will continue writing and publish books, even if no one wants to read them.

About Author GJN Dias:

Gonçalo JN Dias was born in Lisbon in 1977, and graduated in Environmental Engineering and Natural Resources of the Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco. He lives today in the Basque Country, Spain.

The Good Dictator I, was his first novel, became a bestseller in Portugal and Brazil, and consequently it was translated in two more languages.

Before writing the second part of The Good Dictator, he’s now writing a crime fiction. Besides writing, he is an Ork Tree Expert and Ornithologist.

Places to Stalk GJN Dias

website ~ facebook ~ twitter ~ goodreads ~ Amazon

Book Blurb about The Good Dictator

Synopsis I
An unidentified object parked on the moon – and no one seems to know where it came from. Gustavo, a middle-aged computer programmer with a comfortable and grey life, decides to make a list of what he would need to survive a hypothetical attack. He becomes obsessed with the list, spends a fortune, robs a drugstore: his own family thinks he is going insane. However, after the attack, it’s the insane who are well prepared for a new era in society. First book of a trilogy.

Synopsis II

– A genre-busting book that includes adventure, thriller, dystopia or utopia and an exciting love story.

– A trilogy: part one happens in southwest Europe, in our time.

– The main character, Gustavo, does not get along well with his parents-in-law, and his wife does not like Gustavo’s friends.

– There’s an object parked on the Moon, but curiously, the unfolding of the story does not take place in New York, for instance.

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Check out the GoodReads giveaway for a hardback going on.

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The Queen of the South by Arturo Perez-Reverte

Pico snuggling the Queen of the South
Pico snuggling the Queen of the South

Where I Got It: PaperBackSwap

Publisher: Penguin Audio (2005)

Narrator: Lina Patel

Translator: Andrew Hurley

Length: 17 hours 28 minutes

Author’s Page

Teresa Mendoza was once attached to a talented drug smuggler in Mexico. That is, until he started skimming off the top and got himself killed. She had to flee to the back end of Spain. But her story doesn’t settle down into a quiet life there. More drugs, organized crime, and heart break ensue.

Set in the 1980s, this is a sweeping story about endurance. Teresa was born into a world where there are few paths out of poverty. When fortune gave her a chance, she took it, though it eventually cost her dearly. Teresa was a fascinating character. She starts off relatively innocent. She’s not above doing a little weed now and then or getting drunk or having sex with her drug smuggling boyfriend. But she herself has nothing to do with the business. She still has her little job, is young, and just having fun. But once he’s killed and the narcos come after her (because they not only take out the man, but also his woman) she can either lay down and die, or pick up that handgun and even the playing field.

She makes it to Spain partly because she is smart and lies low but also because a friend owed her now dead man a favor. There she works at a seedy bar and has sworn off the drug smuggling life completely. That is until a Gaucho shows up and makes her heart flutter. Once again, she is pulled back into that world. However, this time she refuses to be an ignorant hanger-on. She makes it her business.

Every step she takes, she gets tougher. She’s really very practical about it all by the end, like nearly all the emotions have been wrung out of her through the years. It is an amazingly well done story arc. I so enjoyed watching her transformation. Her time in prison was especially interesting because it was filled with inner reflection and a sad humor, and books.

So obviously I am in love with Teresa Mendoza. Let’s talk about everything else. The plot, the pacing, the side characters, the sex – they too are also very well done. I loved all the Spanish and Mexican vocabulary and cultural references tossed in. I was never too sure where the plot was going, but I was thoroughly entertained and totally engrossed in finding out what would happen next.

The tale is told in two voices: Teresa’s and a reporter who is tracing her life for an in-depth biography. So sometimes we know that Teresa must have made it through some pinch because the reporter is talking to her or someone else about the incident in the past. Using the reporter character allowed us readers to see sides of Teresa or the collateral damage of her work that we wouldn’t see through Teresa’s eyes. It was clever. This was a very satisfying book and I look forward to enjoying more of Perez-Reverte’s works.

Narration: Lina Patel was the perfect voice for Teresa. She has a beautiful Mexican accent and I loved her fluid pronunciation of all the Spanish words, including the long strings of insults. She had distinct voices for male and female side characters as well.

What I Liked:  Fascinating story; could relate to Teresa; didn’t want to put it down; satisfying ending. 

What I Disliked: Nothing – I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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