RED GROUND is different than my other thrillers. While it cannot be called a true account of actual events, there's a thin line between the truth and fiction. This book is raw and bloody and relates the often forgotten plight of the people of Sierra Leone.
** Update: My suspense thriller is now available on Amazon.
There were many aspects that came into focus when I first thought about writing ‘Lazarus.’
Who can deny that it is one of the best-known episodes from the Bible? It has everything a writer could wish for... Life, death, mystery, suspense and drama.
Good enough reasons to consider writing a story, you might think. You would be correct. However, I had other reasons for writing it.
We live in the twenty-first century and our mindsets are different to those in Galilee two thousand years ago. There are those who believe it happened and those who don’t. The fact I chose to write a story that employs both good and evil aspects of human behaviour, wrapped in a degree of supernatural occurrences that surrounded the raising of Lazarus, might give you a clue as to what I was thinking. In one way, I was saying it could be true but good needs evil for it to have any definition, to have any meaning. In our lives, meaning is necessary, for many.
Throgmorton, the villain in Lazarus, employs meaning to justify his behaviour and murderous plans. That gives his life a raison d’être. For him, it is good. The other characters... not so. The Hero and heroine, like most people I’ve met, possess a quality of the anti hero or heroine in them. None are perfect, but in this story, it can be seen that God or Christ don’t expect saintly behaviour; for like King David they can give their lives meaning even by performing the most ghastly acts.
Interest in writing a story like this arose from a considerable experience I underwent a few years back that brought me to tears and also made me laugh out loud in its utter simplicity.
Lazarus is not a religious story, it was never meant to be, although it employs the trappings that are often associated with organised religions. At most, it asks us to consider and be prepared to accept truth... whether we like what it says or not.
I invite you all to read this epic historical thriller on Amazon. It's filled with mystery, murder, and hope... and how hope for redemption can be a powerful motivation. There's romance too. Love is the underlying motive of many of the characters.
The Lazarus Succession reached #1 Bestseller status in Religious Mystery on Amazon UK, staying in the Top 10 Religious Historical Thriller for one week. It was listed in the Top 100 British Historical Thrillers in the US, and has finally reached the Australian market - Top 100 Religious Historical Fiction.
Recently, Tate Publishing closed it's doors. The news is on the Internet. They were not my publishers, but.... I rest my case.
There are many of you out there, a while back, who may have read my book, a semi-supernatural thriller. It spans time, from the original event of Lazarus being raised from the dead. A witness paints the miracle. His work echoes with mysteries, spanning the centuries up until the present time. It is a thriller deeply entrenched in ancient legends, and has been compared to novels of Dan Brown. I could say it is my best work to date.
As such, I failed to understand why it languished in a lowly spot on Amazon’s rankings. I examined it in detail.
Vanity Publishers: Not the best deal
The main reason for its sad performance was that I chose a Vanity publisher, who had masses of titles on its lists, and a staff to carry out all the requirements of publishing. I was attracted to the hype attached to its name, supposedly one of the biggest in the UK.
When I first contemplated the idea of attempting to write a book the first thing I did was ask myself … why?
The answer to that was that I had always enjoyed books. I collect modern 1st signed editions, and vainly imagined myself benignly autographing my own to an adoring audience. I was in for a rude shock.
My first move was to buy a range of ‘How to Write’ books written by authors most of whom hadn’t ever written a novel. I have a stack of them, and they are good for standing on to reach the top shelf of my library…
I next purchased a copy of ‘The Writers and Artists Yearbook.’ This much-flaunted tome has pages and pages devoted to Literary Agents, Publishers and advice on how to approach agents, what and what not to do or say.
When I worked in the publishing sector I became very much involved in the world of fine art and antiques. It was a delightful way in which to earn a living. Much of my time would be spent in art galleries and exhibitions in the UK, Italy, France and the USA. Subsequently I accumulated a good understanding of what made the market tick not just nationally but internationally.
I formed my own company, which revolved around the same business but restricted to a much smaller target audience. I eventually sold this out and began to think about academic studies to bolster my understanding of the cultural world. In the midst of this, the art market was falling prey to trends and a huge amount of fakes and dubious provenances, particularly in the Russian sector.
I made a small joint investment with a colleague of mine, in a Russian painting located in a provincial auction house. We hit the jackpot. It sold at a Sotheby’s Russian art auction for a world record price. That began the germs of a writing idea based on the life of the artist concerned.