About the Author
Augustus Gump, spent many years as a product manager at electronics manufacturing companies in Europe and in Hickory, North Carolina. He swears that the bumbling ineptitude of the lead character and others in the novel are not based specifically on anyone he met during this time.
He is the author of numerous short stories and humorous articles which have been published in the Charlotte Observer and in other publications. He is possibly the most famous author living on his street. In 2005 and again in 2009, he did not win a Pulitzer Prize.
Why a sequel?
You might well ask. After all, it's over ten years since the first book. During that time, I kept thinking about TJ. He is an infuriating character, but he kind of grows on you, and you want to know what he'll get up to next. I kept trying to fight it, but in the end I gave up and wrote the darned book.
Are there any major differences between the two books?
Well, most of the main characters are back, and TJ has lost none of his misplaced self-confidence, at least at the start of the book. He's still full of harebrained ideas. Maybe the biggest difference is that this book is more plot-driven than "The Management Secrets…" More stuff happens.
There are some pretty obvious allusions to a certain Shakespeare play.
I don't think Shakespeare will mind. If I'd been around in his day, he would have been welcome to copy my ideas. Fair's fair. The allusions to Macbeth are really just for fun. The book doesn't really stick to the story or draw much inspiration from the play. Also, I have an Australian character, something which Shakespeare never thought of.
Any plans for a sequel to the sequel?
Check back with me in ten years.