Dyed Souls @dyedsouls @Rararesources #Q&A #Hybrid

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Dyed Souls

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Described by John Lloyd of The Bookbag as “Catcher in the Cuckoo’s Nest,” Dyed Souls is a gritty coming-of-age literary novel, set in a residential treatment center in 1980’s California.

Charlie Lyle loves science, natural history, and the world of the mind, and it is his refuge and salvation as he copes with his drug-addicted mother and a world of circumstances well-beyond his grasp.

More a work of philosophy than psychology, “For the teen it has a galling coming-of-age, redemption quest. For the adult it has that, as well as a literary look at a singular fictional life.”

 

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With Gary being a winner of the Silver in the 2018 Global eBook Awards and Chill With a Book Readers Award I was keen to get to know more about Gary.

 

 

Q1: What inspired you to write Dyed Souls?

I worked in settings described in the book early on in my career. Most of us were fresh out of college – hardly what you’d call responsible adults. We’d pour over case histories, diagnoses, and treatment plans, but that always seemed to me to miss the larger point.

We evolved to live in small tribal groups, held together by shared values, taboos and mores. But we’ve radically, and rapidly altered that paradigm. Rather than doing what’s best for our tribe’s interest, we do what is our own interest.

We live in vast cities and suburbs, held together by laws, which may or may not be enforced, and are often subjectively interpreted. We seek out those who share our interests (and often enable harmful behaviour), but in our internet age, even these connections are tenuous.

My goodness, if someone ever invents lifelike sex robots all intimate human interaction may cease to exist. Evolution has no set end game, it just is. But when you look at where we are going in the US – away from acquiring wisdom and knowledge – and ever onward toward materialism, entertainment, and a wide array of pseudoscientific and irrational beliefs and behaviours, you can’t help speculate that throwaway kids I write about are the by-product of such shallow values.

This is the story I wanted to tell. Sure, you can point to biological damage, and abuse, and substance abuse, and poverty, and failed educational systems. But we’re the one’s who created this, aren’t we? It’s laughable to me when people say that redistribution of wealth coupled with more government programs is the answer.

Unless we address the fundamental narcissism at the core of these issues, all the money and government programs in the world won’t mean a damn thing. And the far right is just as misguided. What is more narcissistic than believing there is a God that watches over us, and if we pray hard enough and live by the inconsistent and contradictory doctrine espoused by various religious texts that all will be well? To me, all of this is a problem: our beliefs on the left and right are far too human centric.

As beings, we are an infinitesimally small part of a vast universe. We have to stop acting like we’re the only ones that matter, and that our happiness and all of the plants and animals on the planet are at our disposal. Though we think otherwise, except in the scientific community, we are only one very small step removed from the leap that Copernicus made. And in many ways, we are going backwards.

We are becoming more, not less egocentric. (If you doubt this, spend five minutes on Facebook and Twitter, or watch The Kardashians, which are veritable homages to narcissism.) The book conveys my fervent belief that it is our duty and responsibility to help each other – not because we are trying to gain God’s favour or fulfil some socialist ideology – but because that it what we evolved to do.

It’s how successful tribes flourish. The greatest travesty inflicted on mankind is a modern one: that we are somehow not fully responsible regarding our obligations toward others and that government exists to fill this gap. Once you deflect individual responsibility toward an abstract third entity, you will have what is depicted in this book.

This is why I think it’s an important read.

Q2: Who would you want to play the main characters in your book if your novel was optioned for tv / film?

I’d love Ang Lee to direct it. I’m not very up on actors. Since the main players are teenagers, it would have to be a bunch of unknowns.

Q3: How many rejections did you get before you got a publishing deal?

In the US, I couldn’t even get my foot in the door to get a rejection. I did get a very encouraging letter from a book coach/agent, which is why I went the hybrid-publishing route

Q4: Which authors inspired you to write?

Steinbeck more than any other. But also Andrea Makine, William Saroyan, Paul Auster. Their seeming ease of putting ideas on paper was both inspiring and discouraging, as my own efforts always fell woefully short. Makine’s writing is simply beautiful. Music of a Life is one of my all time favorties.

Q5: What are your writing routines?

Nothing set. My preferred times are early morning and late evening.

Q6: If you could go back to when you first started writing what one piece advice would you give yourself

Seek professional criticism – lots of it. Your friends will tell you what they think you want to hear – which is sweet, but no help at all. Develop a thick skin and don’t take the criticism personally- learn and grow from it. It’s absolutely invaluable

Q7: What would you say to someone who wants to write?

Do something else! Life’s too freaking short.

Q8: If you weren’t writing what would you be doing?

I’m a consultant, so I’m doing it

Q9: Tell me something about yourself your readers might not know?

Since I’m an unknown author that would be a rather long list

Thank you Gary, I look forward to seeing more from you in the future.

Gary Santorella, Owner, Interactive Consulting is a Lean implementation, organizational development, conflict resolution, and team-building specialist. He has a BA in Behavioural Psychology from Providence College, Providence, RI (1980), a Master’s Degree in Occupational Social Welfare from UC Berkeley (1990), and is a licensed cognitive-behavioural therapist in the State of California. His book: Lean Culture for the Construction Industry: Building Responsible & Committed Project Teams 2nd Edition was published by Productivity Press (a division of Taylor & Francis) in 2017. His first novel, Dyed Souls, was published by Matador Publishing in 2018.

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Book Review: Arbitrage @ColetteKebell @rararesources #selfpublished

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Arbitrage

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Ryan Logan thinks he has it all… A young attorney specialising in finance and tax law, Logan has earned an impressive reputation and commands a hefty fee for his services. But when he advises his corporate employers against a merger with a shady financial institution, he soon finds himself caught up in a web of betrayal and deceit. Framed for the murder of his wealthy boss, Logan is forced to accept a plea deal, to keep his own dark secrets from coming to light…
Arbitrage is a fast-paced, stand-alone financial thriller. If you like edge-of-your-seat suspense, sweet revenge, and twists and turns you won’t see coming, you’ll love this eye-opening look into the world of financial crime.
Can a burned out lawyer outwit an army of con artists and killers?

My Thoughts:

Though Logan didn’t come across very well at the beginning of the novel (intentionally?), I really felt sorry for him after failing in love, being an expecting father to have it all so cruelly ripped away.

I also really like Amelia, my kind of girl she came across smart, independent and though she was about to inherit a bank she wasn’t about to be taken for a ride.

Though I work in insurance, when I read the blurb to this book, I was keen to learn more about financial crime and how they were going to pull it off. I found myself google “Arbitrage” but was also glad that in the book the author broke it down and had a character who has to have things explained to her bit by bit.

Though I need to re-read the end of the book again now I am not so enthralled in the story to understand the ending. I really enjoyed arbitrage, it was one of those books where you think you’ve got it all figured out when in fact you haven’t. It also very much reminded me of the BBC tv programme Hustle that my mum and I used to enjoy.

Is it just me or does the gentleman on the front of this cover look like Tom Ellis as in Lucifier?

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Colette Kebell is an eclectic author, though a relatively new one and thus far has self-published her books. Her books are light-hearted, fun and quirky and even considered by some to be inspirational.  She publishes mostly for the English speaking market and the Italian one.  Colette Kebell does not stick to just one genre when writing though, as you shall discover from her latest book to be launched on 5th April 2019

As a career, Colette spent her later years as a legal secretary. After a first attempt at writing many years ago (a book that still remains in her drawer) she resumed this passion a few years back, after being made redundant.  After few book signing events and a book talk, which almost caused her to collapse with nerves, Colette now spends her time between her home in the UK and her home in France.

Colette has two adorable dogs and, when not writing and marketing her books, she likes cooking for herself and her husband, gardening or designing various items for their home.  Amongst her other hobbies, she has also experimented with furniture upholstery, and she might, from time to time, have a paintbrush in her hand.

 

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Mothers Day Promotion: Reflected Destinies @keelingFlorence @rararesources #HalfPrice #kindlepromo

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reflectedDestiniesINGRAMSLaura is happy and content, she has a new boyfriend and loves her job teaching primary school pupils in London.  But when she inherits a rundown house from a stranger on her 30th birthday, memories of her prom night come flooding back, memories of a scary encounter and an antique mirror in the very same house.

Laura visits the house with all its secrets and as she unravels the clues she reveals the biggest secret of all: her own destiny.  But how can you change the future if it’s already written in the past?

Love the sound of this book! Florence is offering it HALF PRICE to celebrate Mothers Day here in the UK on Sunday! So grab your discounted copy before time runs out!

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Florence Keeling adopted for her pen-name her Great Grandmother’s name, chosen because of the shared birthday of April Fool’s Day.  She is married with two teenage chidren.  Born and raised in Coventry, England she now lives just outside in Nuneaton.  Reflected Destinies is her first novel.

Florence Keeling also writes for children under the name of Lily Mae Walters.

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Cover Reveal – The Greenmen @LindenForster @rararesources #Coverreveal

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The Greenmen

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Aereon has found the Creators.

He’s crossed seas and mountains to find them, tangled with dwarves and ogres along the way, finally had to tangle with an irate yeti to rescue them and now they tell him that they really weren’t in any great need of help.

As far as they are concerned, they were getting on just fine before Aereon showed up. In fact, now they have King Victarian searching for them, all thanks to Aereon’s mouth.

The trio, along with two dwarves, Volris and Silvor who have joined their party, must move. Aereon must get the Creators back home and fulfil his duty. Local woodsman, Lars, has agreed guide them through Oak’s Wood, but even he cannot know what lies in wait for them within.

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Linden Forster began writing at the age of seventeen. Divine Invention was his debut novel and it took seven years from the idea conjuring at the back of an English class to reaching the page.

Since then, writing has become his dream and passion. The Greenmen is the second in his fantasy series, The Hero’s Arc.

He is a lover of nature and enjoys walks in the country and often ventures out armed with a notepad and pen.

While waiting for The Greenmen to become available, please do take a look at the first book in the series Divine Invention

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Gap Years @daveholwill @Rararesources #Q&A #selfpublishing

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19 year old Sean hasn’t seen his father since he was twelve. His mother has never really explained why. An argument with her leads to his moving to the other side of the country.

Martin, his father, has his life thrown into turmoil when the son he hasn’t seen in nearly eight years strolls back into his life immediately killing his dog and hospitalising his step-daughter.

The one thing they have in common is the friendship of a girl called Rhiannon.

Over the course of one summer Sean experiences sexual awakenings from all angles, discovers the fleeting nature of friendship and learns to cope with rejection.

Martin, meanwhile, struggles to reconnect with Sean while trying to delicately turn down the increasingly inappropriate advances of a girl he sees as a surrogate daughter and keep a struggling marriage alive.

Gap Years is an exploration of what it means to be a man in the 21st Century seen from two very different perspectives – neatly hidden inside a funny story about bicycles, guitars and unrequited love.

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I was intrigued when I heard the title of this novel so really wanted to find out more about the author and this book.

Q1: What inspired you to write Gap Year?

In 1996, when I was 19, I decided not to take up my university place, and then swiftly had a near-death experience which didn’t change my mind, result in an epiphany, or give me new respect for life as I would have expected. I thought the story of that summer and the events surrounding it might be an interesting story to tell if I changed it enough for the main protagonist to actually learn something. I was wrong, that story was deadly dull, but it was a springboard for what I eventually came up with. At the time my stepkids were both still living at home, and the tensions of living with your parents when you are an adult seemed to me to be something that bore closer inspection. A dual narrative to explore the idea from both sides seemed like a good idea. I’ll let the readers decide if I was right or not.

Q2: Who would you want to play the main characters in your book if your novel was optioned for tv / film?

While I was writing it, one of my main characters, Martin, looked exactly like a bloke who used to be on Neighbours in my mind’s eye. I can’t remember his name, but he had two kids and was seeing a much younger blonde girl. So him, maybe, if I could remember his name. Otherwise, now it’s finished, I can see James Nesbitt or John Thomson from Cold Feet bringing something to him.

His son, Sean, the other main protagonist, needs an air of vulnerability and innocence that is hard to find in young, male actors, but I think Alex Lawther (from The End of the F****ing World) could do an excellent job of pulling it off, or Asa Butterfield is doing a similar kind of role in Sex Education over on Netflix at the moment.

For the girl who comes between them and makes such a mess of their lives, Rhiannon, I think either Helen Monks or Alexa Davies from Raised by Wolves could bring two very different and excellent interpretations to a difficult character to understand.

The sensible, grounded and brilliant Alison (Martin’s wife) should be played by Nina Sosanya (from too many good things to list, including Love Actually) or Olivia Colman (you know who she is right?).

Q3: How many rejections did you get before you got a publishing deal?

In the interests of full disclosure I have to admit I do not have a publishing deal, I don’t even have an agent. I am a fully independent author in control of my own career. Having said that, however, I do sporadically try to get a traditional deal and usually get a good dozen rejections before I end up self-publishing through amazon and claiming I am empowering myself. So far it has proved entirely justified every time, as my first two books have sold more than enough to prove me right, here’s hoping for a hatrick.

Q4: How did you deal with them when you started out?

Same way as I still do, stubbornly refuse to admit my work isn’t good enough and publish anyway. The best way to deal with it is to read as much traditionally published work as you can find and compare it ruthlessly to your own work. More often than not you’ll find you’re able to hold your head high, and your work deserves to be out there every bit as much as whatever you’ve just read. Keep plugging away and you’ll get there.

Q5: Which authors inspired you to write?

George Orwell made me want to tell stories that matter, Coleridge made me want to frame them into beautiful dreams, and then Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams showed me that none of it is worth a damn if it doesn’t make you laugh out loud.

Q6: What are your writing routines?

I get up horribly early for the day job and run around to try and make sure I get an entire hour’s writing in before I leave the house. It never works, the cats and the dog always find a way to keep me busy so that I am lucky if I can squeeze in a quick twenty minutes. I usually manage to get another solid ten minutes in during my lunch break, and each evening, my planned two hours of work is constantly disrupted by animals and my attention being drawn to Twitter/Facebook/The Telly. The only solution is to take myself to the summer house (slightly pretentious name for a shed with a big window) where there is no wifi and lock myself in until I’ve hit my wordcounts. Somehow I usually hit my deadlines, so some of it must work.

Q7: If you could go back to when you first started writing what one piece advice would you give yourself

Don’t do it, it will take over what little free time you have, and every time you think you know how to do it something else will come along to show you you are wrong. There is no magic formula, no easy way to plot, and your characters will not do what you want them to. It is hard, thankless work.

Or, on a more positive note, don’t fight with your characters and try to make them fit in with your original idea, they know themselves better than you, even if you did invent them.

Q8: What would you say to someone who wants to write?

Don’t do it for the money, don’t do it for the fame, only do it if you really have to, it’s a lot of hard work for very little reward. And your family will hate you/forget who you are.

Q9: If you weren’t writing what would you be doing?

Sleeping. No, seriously this is a trick question right? I can’t not write, I’ve been writing in various different ways for my entire life. I wrote awful, self-absorbed poetry as a teenager (which I hope has all been burned now) along with some dreadful angsty songs. Then I wrote a music fanzine,  gig reviews for the local paper and various forms of blogging in my twenties. All the while leaving piles of notes and early drafts of unfinished novels. Writing does not pay enough for me to live on (not the way I do it anyway) running a print department and playing guitars in pubs does that. Like every writer I know, I do it because I can’t not.

Q10: Tell me something about yourself your readers might not know?

Difficult, I am far too open about every aspect of my life on my blog, however, you might not know that I have written all my books, and every entry on that blog, on a laptop I pulled out of a skip seven years ago. I rebuilt it, and run it entirely on freeware. The ‘E’ and the backspace no longer spring back up when you press them, but it continues on working unabated, and as such has never been replaced. It has more than paid for itself and I think this might be the year it finally has to go back in that skip. I’ve thought that for the last five years though.

Thank you Dave, I might be looking you up soon so you can build me a laptop!

Dave Holwill was born in Guildford in 1977 and quickly decided that he preferred the Westcountry – moving to Devon in 1983 (with some input from his parents).
After an expensive (and possibly wasted) education there, he has worked variously as a postman, a framer, and a print department manager (though if you are the only person in the department then can you really be called a manager?) all whilst continuing to play in every kind of band imaginable on most instruments you can think of.
Gap Years is his third novel – following on the heels of Weekend Rockstars and The Craft Room, and he is currently working on the fourth (a folk horror set in his native mid-Devon) and a sequel to Weekend Rockstars.

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Book Review: One Last Prayer for the Rays by @MarkinWes @Rararesources #Review

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One Last Prayer for the Rays

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One Last Prayer for the Rays

DCI Michael Yorke faces his most harrowing case yet.

When 12-year-old Paul disappears from school, Yorke’s only clue is a pool of animal blood. Fearing the worst, he turns toward the most obvious suspect, recently released local murderer, Thomas Ray.

But as the snow in Salisbury worsens, Ray’s mutilated body is discovered, and Yorke is left with no choice but to journey into the sinister heart of a demented family that has plagued the community for generations. Can he save the boy? Or will the evil he discovers changes him forever?

One Last Prayer for the Rays introducing DCI Michael Yorke.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this novel but at times found it very slow at getting to the point.

For most of this novel we are reading the story through DCI Yorke’s his point of view. I liked that how the disappearance of Paul Ray had a knock-on effect to the whole community, not just those involved.

Generations of the Ray family have gone on to commit crimes in some way or another. In the novel the author seemingly tries to answer the question of is evil produced through nature or nurture.

This story shows how what has happened in the past and family history can affect those members of family who are still alive today.

This family has had such a big effect on the community that one of the officer’s has history with one of the suspects who comes back to haunt him and attempts to break up his fragile marriage that is seemingly on the rocks.

I kinda of felt that the guilty party, let themselves down at the last minute. Having planned the kidnapping and putting everything else into place they failed to prepare adequately for the show down with Lacey.

Can our main character DCI Yorke keep everything together and a grip on his young DC and stop him doing anything stupid?

This book was enjoyable and a fast paced read with hint of Thomas Harris “Hannibal” (the film) added into the mix.

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​Having released One Last Prayer for the Rays he is now working on the second instalment of DCI Michael Yorke’s wild ride, The Repenting Serpent. He is also the author of Defined, a prequel to his DCI Yorke novels, which takes the reader back to his blood-soaked university days.​​

​Born in 1978, Wes grew up in Manchester, UK. After graduating from Leeds University, he spent fifteen years as a teacher of English, and has taught in Thailand, Malaysia and China. Now as a teacher, writer, husband and father, he is currently living in Harrogate, UK.​

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Consuming Fire

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What Has Been Seen Cannot Be Unseen…

Liverpool is in the grip of an intense heatwave, and strange things are happening.

A woman dies in an apparent case of Spontaneous Human Combustion; a truck explodes on the dock road; the charred corpses of pets litter the city; forest fires ravage the pinewoods…and there are birds everywhere, silent flocks drawing in ominously.

Detective Inspector Darren Swift thinks there are connections, and his investigation delves into the worlds of football, nightclubs and organised crime. But is he imagining things?

Dr. Helen Hope doesn’t think so. And she believes the key lies in a mysterious seventeenth-century occult book which has gone missing from Liverpool Library.

In the blistering sequel to Reprobation, DI Swift is forced to confront some inconvenient ghosts from his past, as a terrifying shadow lies over his city’s reality….

 

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The blurb for this book made me think of the summer’s we now experience here in the UK where it is anything but cool! Also reminds me of being at work, where the heat can sometimes drive you towards wanting to commit murder.

 

Q1: What inspired you to write Consuming Fire?

The book is a sequel to my first novel Reprobation, and develops some of the characters I created, in particular Detective Inspector Darren Swift. But it can also be read as a standalone. It was inspired by the practice of coupe-feu, a traditional healing method in which a combination of pagan ritual and Catholic prayer is used to cure burns. This is still practised today in rural Switzerland and France, and can even be done over the phone. So I wondered, what if instead of praying to angels to cure burns, you tried praying to demons to cause fire? Over the phone?

As with Reprobation, I wanted to give a potentially supernatural twist to the crimes DI Swift has to investigate, as he continues his journey towards the occult.

Q2: Who would you want to play the main characters in your book if your novel was optioned for tv / film?

Oh I think my books would make a marvellous TV series! But doesn’t every author think that…

If the dream became reality, it would be wonderful to have Liverpudlian actors. Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) would be perfect for Helen Hope.

Q3: How many rejections did you get before you got a publishing deal?

I was very lucky; I made an initial application to a handful of agents and publishers and I got picked up very quickly by Crooked Cat. It was largely a case of right place, right time. I haven’t looked back since.

Q4: Which authors inspired you to write?

As a teenager I devoured classic crime fiction – Agatha Christie, PD James, Ruth Rendell, Conan Doyle – so I’m sure all that inspired me subconsciously to write my own crime novels.

I write high-concept with a supernatural twist, so I’m inspired by high-concept writers like Stephen King and Alex Garland. And my favourite author is Kazuo Ishiguro, for the beauty and restraint of his writing.

Q5: What are your writing routines?

I don’t really have a routine; it’s not possible because I have four small children plus my journalism work, so I have to be very flexible. I write whenever and wherever I can, long-hand in notebooks. I always transcribe and save everything I have written onto my laptop at the end of the day. My philosophy is ‘get it down’. I don’t worry too much about writing the perfect sentence or paragraph; I’d rather churn out 2000 words of stream-of-consciousness because I know I can edit later. The diamonds are often hidden in the rough!

Q6: If you could go back to when you first started writing what one piece advice would you give yourself

Don’t be afraid to commit. By that I mean emotionally and spiritually, rather than in practical terms. Because very few people have the luxury of giving up their job to write full-time. But I was embarrassed to admit I was writing; for some reason I found it humiliating to say, even to my husband, ‘I’m writing a novel’. I thought my family and friends would judge me for wasting time, for entertaining frivolous dreams. So I wrote in stealth, waiting until everyone was asleep, until I was alone. If I’d only had the confidence to tell people what I was doing I would have got on much faster, and I could have sought help more easily. If you’re writing, you’re a writer, whether you’re published or not – be proud!

Q7: What would you say to someone who wants to write?

Join a critiquing group, take classes, read as widely as possible, write as much as possible – flash fiction, short stories, blog posts, freelance articles. You have to learn your craft, but you can teach yourself. There are a lot of resources out there.

Q8: If you weren’t writing what would you be doing?

My last job was a breastfeeding counsellor, so I might still be doing that. But I also write part-time as a music journalist, so if I didn’t have my novels I would probably still be writing anyway.

Q10: Tell me something about yourself your readers might not know?

My first job was resident pianist at Harry Ramsden’s Fish and Chip Restaurant on the Liverpool docks. I was a very shy 16-year old piano student, and I just wanted to sit quietly playing classical music and Beatles songs. But I would get loads of drunk customers heckling me and requesting Come On Eileen or Nirvana. I found it so stressful! That was the beginning of the end of my career as a pianist.

Thank you Catherine x

Catherine Fearns is from Liverpool, UK. In previous incarnations she was a financial analyst, a cocktail pianist and a breastfeeding counsellor, but nowadays she likes to write. Her first novel, Reprobation, was published by Crooked Cat Books in October 2018 and quickly became an Amazon bestseller in several categories. The follow-up, Consuming Fire, is currently on pre-order and will be available in early 2019.

Catherine writes for music website Pure Grain Audio, and her music journalism has also appeared in Broken Amp and Noisey. Her short fiction and non-fiction pieces have been published in Here Comes Everyone, Toasted Cheese, Offshoots & Metal Music Studies. She holds a degree in History from Oxford University, a Masters from the London School of Economics, and is a member of the Crime Writers’ Association.

When Catherine is not writing, she plays guitar in a heavy metal band, mainly to annoy her four children.

 

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