19 February 2011

Book Savvy Spotlight on Neal James

Bringing you exclusive interviews with authors featured in the Book Savvy Newsletter.

Our Guest is Neal James, the author of three books: 'A Ticket to Tewkesbury', 'Short Stories - Volume One' and 'Two Little Dicky Birds'. Neal is the author of three books: 'A Ticket to Tewkesbury', 'Short Stories - Volume One' and 'Two Little Dicky Birds', he is a member of the Crime Writers Association.

Enjoy the interview.

Q1. Can you tell us a little about yourself and your book Two Little Dicky Birds?
I am an accountant of 30 plus years, and came to writing quite late.

Two Little Dicky Birds is a tale of bloodlust and deception. It encompasses the sheer evil of a man so tied up in his own psychoses that he is compelled to follow an almost predetermined path. The reader is pulled from pillar to post as multiple plotlines converge inexorably in a chase for a serial killer across the Atlantic at a frenetic rate, and the breathless pace will have you turning the pages, running to keep up. There are twists and turns at every stage, and right till the end you are not sure whether he will, once again, get away with his crimes.

In writing the novel, assistance came from a variety of sources, including the New York Police Department, Detective Martin Speechley, my editor Rob Eldridge, and a number of close friends whose identities I used at critical points in the plot.

Q2. Where does your inspiration come from?
A variety of sources, including TV, Films, other writers, family and friends, and newspapers. I read widely and can turn a story from a single word in most cases. This was particularly useful with the Short Stories.

Q3. How do you develop your plotlines and scenarios?
Basically it's all down to an overactive imagination. I'm an accountant, and use spreadsheets to control plotlines and scenarios. That way I can see in an instant where the story is going, and any continuity errors are apparent immediately.

12 February 2011

A tale of forbidden passions - To Know the Road

Annie Coyle Martin releases a story of forbidden passions set in the war years and played against a background of sectarianism and religious conservatism in Ireland.

An inspiring tale of love, hate and the indomitable human spirit.

It is 1937, Victoria is the youngest daughter of well to do Irish Protestant parents. A chance meeting with a handsome stranger sets Victoria on a heartbreaking path of conflict involving family, tradition and religion. Caught between the Catholic and Protestant hostilities in Ireland, will Victoria and Donny ever find happiness?

This is a story of forbidden passions set primarily in the Thirties and the war years, and plays against a background of sectarianism and extreme social and religious conservatism in an Ireland neutral in the war, isolated at the edge of Europe and yet impacted in every filament of daily life by the conflict.

Find out more…To Know the Road

“A sweeping heart-tugging wartime love story brought to life by deftly crafted characters.” …..publishedbestsellers.com

Same same, but different’ An incredible travel experience.

Sally Wootton releases a lively account of her incredible travel experiences to the most exciting places in the world - enlivened with breathtaking photos.

‘Same same, but different’ is an account of some of the most wonderful travel experiences in Greenland, Australia, Southeast Asia, New Zealand and Colombia; enlivened with breathtaking colour photos.

This book isn’t intended as a travel guide, or a novel, but is a way of sharing amazing experiences with others – those who have travelled and those who have yet to. But also to hopefully inspire those who’ve ever heard themselves say, ‘I’d love to travel’, but never thought they’d be able to, to realise that it is possible, if you really want it enough. “There is a beautiful world out there...what are you waiting for?”

Find out more…Same same, but different 

A breathtaking account of amazing travel experiences to the most exciting places in the world. …publishedbestsellers.com

A Reluctant Recruit - True life, post war-time adventures

"My adventures as a ‘Reluctant Recruit‘are the subject of this volume. I decided, at the time that I would, one day, tell the story. One day was fifty years later but here it is at last..." Says Derek Rosser .

Derek shares true life, post war-time adventures as a ‘Reluctant Recruit’ during his National Service with the Royal Air Force.

"Whilst over half a century has elapsed since I was released from National Service with the Royal Air Force, my memory of the events described in this volume is crystal clear. To a young married man it was a waste of valuable time but...in many ways it was an enjoyable waste of time. If you are entertained by my adventures, I shall consider that the time spent in recording these events has NOT been wasted" Find out more...

"...full of adventure and intrigue." ...publishedbestsellers.com

You Gotta Read Videos - In All Probability

See the video here:
You Gotta Read Videos: February 2011 Entry #11 In All Probability:

Title: "In All Probability"
Author: Steve Morris
Trailer Creator: Eloquent Enraptures

In All Probability features Thirty short stories based on some bizarrely backfiring scenarios. Each story is short enough to fit neatly into your coffee break or into the bus ride home.

"The themes of destiny, chance and kismet are fascinating ones..."
 (Country and Border Life Book Club)

"A succinct precise style"
(The Truth About Books)

"perfect for a quick read on a coffee break..." - - - "something to entertain even the most ardent of critics..."
( MMU Success magazine )

"readers will be beguiled by Morris's version of an everyday world where probabilities turn out to be different from the ones expected"
(The Short Review)

Find out more about the book.

5 February 2011

Planet put under the gaze of Damocles

The Derby Telegraph invites readers to submit short stories. Here is a piece by Neal James, titled 'Planet put under the gaze of Damocles' 
Click link to read

Neal James is the author of three books: 'A Ticket to Tewkesbury', 'Short Stories - Volume One' and 'Two Little Dicky Birds'