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My Urbane Publications Blog Event

Urbane Books

Sadly, that’s the end of my Urbane blog event.  I really hope you have enjoyed reading the guest posts, interviews and reviews.

I thoroughly enjoyed organising it and I would like to thank all the authors who wrote guest posts and took the time to answer my questions.  I would also like to thank Matthew for helping to spread the word to his authors when I first decided I wanted to do this event, for allowing me to run several competitions and for the wonderful idea of a countdown to the cover reveal for Rob Enright’s book.  Lastly, thank you so much to all the authors, fellow book bloggers and other people who shared the blog posts on social media.

I hope the various posts are still being read in months and years to come.  I hope that more people will start reading Urbane books; you really are in for a treat if you do.  But more than anything, I hope that any writers who are looking to have a book published or even established authors look to seek publication by Matthew.  He will always give you his time and consider your manuscripts and even if he cannot accept them he will give you valuable feedback.

Don’t forget to check out the competitions.  They are all open until 11:59 p.m. on the 3rd April 2016 and can be entered worldwide.

Look out for more reviews over the coming weeks/months.

 

Sonya

 

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Interview with James Silvester

James Silvester

Last year James Silvester wrote a guest post for my blog.  As part of my blog event I asked him a few questions.

 

Your debut novel seems to be doing very well.  Could you tell me a bit about ‘Escape to Perdition’ please?

Thanks Sonya! It’s a political thriller, set mainly in Prague, which deals with the fall out of the Czech Republic and Slovakia attempting reunification. An EU faction wants to prevent the change and assigns the main character to prevent it via nefarious means. The chosen man however is battling with the guilt of his profession and ultimately falls in love with his target, and the main focus of the book is on his journey.

 

Where did you get the idea for your book from?

Ooh, lots of places. From being at school, the history of Czechoslovakia, particularly events like the Prague Spring and the Velvet Revolution has fascinated me and that stayed with me as I grew up. As fate would have it, I ended up marrying into a Slovak family and consequently spend a lot of time in that part of the world, which I took advantage of in terms of research. Getting that first hand sense of the frustrations and passions of people living through the events I’d been studying was invaluable. It also struck me how this region had been so manipulated throughout history, which got me thinking as to whether it still was, and if so by whom and why? I slowly cobbled things together from there really. I’ve always enjoyed espionage as a genre in general, but I always prefer the focus to be on character and consequences, rather than action set pieces necessarily, and that was the main motivation really.

 

How long did it take you to write?

I’d been thinking about the story for quite a long time, several years in fact. But in terms of actually sitting down and purposefully writing, I’d say two years.

 

How easy was it to get published by Urbane Publications?

Hmm, interesting… I have been thinking about this recently. I would never say it was easy to be published (by Urbane or anyone else), I think it’s true that Matthew and I stumbled across each other at precisely the right time (maybe it was Divine providence!). I had the bulk of my draft ready and was trying to get a feel for approaching publishers when I came across Matthew on Twitter, who was busy reaching out to writers and going about getting Urbane established. I liked the interaction he offered when previously, no publisher I’d come across would e-mail back or look at me twice. Eventually, after I’d sent him my stuff, he got back to me with some positive thoughts and we ended up having a good chat about my project, how we could develop it etc. It was very important to me to know that that initial burst of optimism and enthusiasm for my work would remain and that if I signed with Urbane I wouldn’t be forgotten about six months later when a raft of bigger, better writers were signed up. Matthew quickly assured me of his commitment and after that, I didn’t want to go with anyone else. That was back in September 2014 and I’m delighted with how the collaboration has gone and the relationship developed since that point, it’s been everything I hoped for and more.

 

I understand your are going to have another book published.  Is it going to be the same genre as your current one or something different?

Still very much in Thriller territory! The new book is called The Prague Ultimatum and can be read as a loose sequel to Escape to Perdition, in that some of the familiar characters will feature in places and it will take place within the ‘universe’ established in the first book. I’m not a fan of formulaic ‘Hollywood’ sequels, so it was important for me to tell a story that deserved telling in its own right, not simply because the first book exists. Readers, for example, can pick up any of John Le Carre’s ‘Karla Trilogy’ in any order and enjoy a good read, without necessarily having read the other instalments, and I’m hoping to achieve something similar. Time will tell….

 

Have you got any other writing projects on the go?

Right now, the new book is my number one focus and all the energy is going into that. I have written a rough draft of a sitcom I’d like to try and pitch. It needs some work, and realistically It’ll be around Christmas before I get back to it, but it’s there in the back of my dusty, cluttered mind. I also have a synopsis outlined for a final addition to the loose ‘Prague Trilogy’ which I’ve been focussed on for so long. That would be set in the dying days of the Cold War and, again, it would have some recognisably ‘prequel’ elements complimenting the story. I hope that sees the light of day someday… Then of course, I’d love to have a bash at some more Doctor Who short stories!

 

Was it always a dream to become a writer?

Very much so, but it was a dream I allowed every day life to push to the side-lines for a long time. I’d been flirting with the idea of writing for a few years before I eventually got back to it. Ultimately it was a bad day at work that saw me sit down in front of my PC and just say ‘why not?’

 

Would you like to be a full-time writer one day?

Yes please! That’s the dream anyway, to one day emerge from the loop of ‘so may things to write, so little time’. My absolute dream job would be Head writer of Doctor Who, and writing thrillers between series. One day…..

 

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to write their first novel?

Never wait for the perfect time to start writing, because it will never come, write for yourself first, be careful who you take advice from and send your draft to Matthew when you’re finished.

 

Would you like to see ‘Escape to Perdition’ made into a film?

I’d love to. I’m biased of course, but I think it would work well on film. I’m sure a lot of writer’s do this but when I was writing it, I did have certain actors in mind for a few of the characters, so there’s a cast list there already if any studios are reading? That said, just having the book published means an enormous amount to me personally. Whether or not a film is made in the future can’t change the fact that there’s a book on my shelf that I wrote. That’s a wonderful feeling I don’t think I’ll ever get used to.

 

What do you think about social media?

I have mixed feelings really. As a new writer it’s been invaluable in reaching people and expanding my readership, engaging with bloggers and reader’s groups etc.. Plus of course, I wouldn’t have met Matthew and been published without it. I do have concerns about social media though; it has a sinister side to it that reflects the worst of our natures. Trolling, keyboard warrior battles and the like unsettle me, plus of course innocent people can have their lives destroyed by social media. So, it has its uses and is great for meeting people, but handle with care…

 

If you had to stay on a desert island for a whole month and were only allowed to take three items with you what would they be?

A month of uninterrupted writing time? Bliss! In the absence of electricity to power my laptop, I’d need a very thick writing pad and pen (is that one or two items?), my glasses and a book for inspiration, maybe The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. Is that too boring an answer? Then maybe two bottles of rum and a pillow J

 

‘Escape to Perdition’ is available to buy from:-

Urbane Publications – http://urbanepublications.com/books/escape-to-perdition/

Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Escape-Perdition-James-Silvester-ebook/dp/B011A0EGNK/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1458480047&sr=1-1&keywords=escape+to+perdition

 

James Silvester’s Website – www.jamessilvesterauthor.com

Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/James-Silvester-Author-334954666692921/?ref=ts&fref=ts

Twitter – @jamessilvester1

 

Guest Post by John Simmons

John Simmons

I now have a second guest post by John Simmons.

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The sum of reading and writing

Reading, writing, arithmetic – somewhat bizarrely called the three R’s. I always inclined towards the first two, but increasingly see them as two sides of the same equation. To become a better writer, become a better reader.

I always wanted to be a writer. And I’ve always read. But it wasn’t until I started training others to write with more impact that I fully appreciated the importance of reading for any writer, particularly to be effective writers at work.

In probing what makes writing ‘effective’ I realised that writing had to be ‘creative’. Now as I was training people to be better writers in the business world – rather than to be novelists, poets, playwrights etc – this was quite a leap for some people to make. Can business writing really be creative? Doesn’t it just need to communicate clearly and factually, with no frills, like the Ronseal ad to do just what it says on the tin? Well, no, because that will only take you so far and people – customers of any kind – are actually looking for a greater human connection. They are not inert recipients of information. Those customers respond to stories and the emotions that are unlocked by stories; stories that help them hear the individual human voice rather than the anonymous corporate one.

So my workshops were not ‘top ten tips to target higher sales’ but were about helping people to tell better stories. Of course, for those stories to work they have to be authentic, true to the writer and the organisation. So I have a fundamental mantra ‘put your personality into your writing’ – because it works. You realise as a writer that you are communicating not with a faceless mass categorised into A/B/C demographics but with one individual at a time – and that individual is your reader.

What are your readers reading by choice? Probably they are reading novels, biographies, poems. One of my fundamental workshop exercises became ‘your favourite book’. By asking a group of writers to talk about a book that represents their best-loved reading, enormous animation enters the room. When I then ask them to produce fictional writing based on, say, To Kill a Mockingbird or Girl on the Train, they begin to find out important elements of writing that can be applied to business writing. You learn by doing, discovering a novelist’s skills and realising that those same skills can be applied to the next strategy document you have to write.

So too with poetry. The techniques of rhythm, alliteration, assonance can all – used well – lift the quality of your business writing. You learn to influence people by using the emotional value of words chosen with care and used with deliberation.

To sum up, you can become a better writer of any kind if we break down the barriers between different kinds of writing. Read well, by which I mean read widely. Reading a good novel will give you pleasure and help you to become a better writer at work.

 

 

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Book Cover

Competition

Matthew Smith is kindly giving away three copies of ‘Leaves’.  To enter just leave a comment about the book cover.

 

Terms and Conditions

This competition is open worldwide.

The closing date is 11:59 p.m. on the 3rd April 2016.

The winners will be randomly chosen within 7 days of the closing date.  Their details will be passed on to Matthew Smith who will send out the prizes.

 

Good luck!

 

Interview with F. J. McQueen

Faustine McQueen

F. J. Mcqueen’s book. ‘Out Damned Spot!’ is out on the 14th April 2016.  I asked her a few questions.

 

Can you tell me a bit about your soon to be published book please?

‘Out Damned Spot! William Shakespeare, Crime Scene Cleaner’ is the tale of William Shakespeare, a junior doctor with the NHS (how topical) who leaves his job after whistleblowing about his (entirely fictional) hospital using occult methods to diagnose and treat patients. Consultants use the Great Western Pharma tarot as their diagnostic tool of choice (doing a Y section spread — the Y section being the incision of choice for post mortums). There’s also the hospital Oracle, a semi-sedated woman seated on a mini-step-stool and partially suffocated by incense fumes. Matters progress. Everyone’s starting up crime scene cleaning businesses so William joins the throng. Anne Shakespeare, William’s wife, is a free-diving specialist midwife who works for the Simulacrum River Company. The Simulacrum River is used entirely for water births. Anne performs aquatic ballets with other water-birth specialist midwives. Their company is called Titania and the Titanics.

So, William, with the help of the Nine Bulimic Cannibals, sets up a crime scene cleaning business with two assistants, Jaques and Death Nell. Jaques is obsessed with sumo and Death Nell is a goth campanologist who uses only cracked bells. They specialise in ‘high end’ crime cleaning, scouring the bloody matter from the homes and offices of the wealthy. Fairies intervene. William’s belly button enlarges to the extent that he’s diagnosed as acoustic. Anne Shakespeare starts to steal babies. The crime scenes become progressively more sinister and haunted, and Death Nell is found to have a remarkable ability to produce ectoplasm whilst smoking e-cigarettes. There are clues a-plenty, nods to heaps of Shakespearean facts and speculations, and a wild tale that includes the Shrewds, an all girl and woman gang who attack people with linen handkerchiefs soaked in synthetic saliva. It’s a story with more twists than a packed-to-capacity Twister Convention caught up in a hurricane. And the Nine Bulimic Cannibals have lots to do with it, too. And poltergeists, too.

 

Where did you get the idea to write this book from and what does Shakespeare have to do with it?

Rather conventionally, from a dream. I dreamed about Shakespeare’s head (hugely magnified) rising out of the earth and there were waltzer cars spinning round his Elizabethan collar. People were trapped on the ride as Shakespeare intoned an unabridged recitation of Hamlet. He had a Birmingham accent.

 

Are you a fan of William Shakespeare’s works?

I am. I particularly like his use of rhetoric and figures of speech, never mind the glorious characters.

 

Did you have to do any research for your book?

Loads. You should see the mountain of books I bought on everything from Shakespeare’s education, Elizabethan rhetoric and oratory, the Elizabethan occult practices and beliefs, English magic, religion, travel, politics, language, fashion, tombs and funereal rites, and the plays and sonnets. Phew.

 

How long did it take you to write?

Background research took a very long time: writing the novel was considerably quicker although I can’t actually say how long the whole process took.

 

Can you relate to any of your characters?

Death Nell. I like the cut of her gib. I want to be a goth campanologist.

 

How did you discover Urbane Publications?

Serendipity, sheer fluke and good fortune. Bless ye search engines.

 

What are you going to work on next?

I’ve just completed 3 adaptations of Emile Zola’s Rougon Macquart cycle and am about to undertake 3 more (all for BBC R 4). And I’m writing some of the pamphlets mentioned in Out Damned Spot (From Knock to Nation, about how the human ability to knock underpins the creation of nations; and a pamphlet called War is Poltergeists). I’m also writing a new novel, ‘Mod King James’ (King James 6th Scotland, 1st of England is a mod on a scooter — I adapted Robert Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy for BBC R 4’s classic serial and James Stuart popped up in that on a motorbike; now I’ve made him a mod with a gong). I’ve also begun ‘Izzy Whizzy, William Shakespeare’ about Shakespeare being a magician. Well, why not? And there’s a children’s book.

 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given regarding writing?

Persistence.

 

Do you read a lot of books?

Ye gods of dog-eared pages, I do, I do!

 

What else do you do in your spare time?

Cartoons. Zines. Dance. Librettos. Lyrics. Insect appreciation.

 

Can you describe a day in your life?

Wake, kettle on, clean out aviaries, feed my pigeons and crow, wash hair after Annie (our 14 year old beloved but incapacitated crow) poos on me, she’s a good shot, another cup of tea. Then, if I’ve not got to be in studio for the recording of plays, it’s write write write. Eat. Write. Walk. Write. Draw. Music on, dance. Eat. Scrawl, doodle. Read and read and try and write and fall asleep holding a pen so that I inadvertently scrawl on my husband’s face or all over his pillow.

 

About F. J. McQueen

Professional dreamer. I work as a writer but have been a mime, circus performer and Punch and Judy barker.

I have stolen/filched the comma from my book’s title — the original Shakespeare quote is, ‘Out, Damned Spot!’. I am intending to steal (as trophies) something from each of the covers of my published works (whatever sort of publication it is) and hoard them until I have a kind of composite I can create into a new title — like a Frankenstein piecemeal thing.

 

‘Out Damned Spot!’ is available to pre-order from:-

Urbane Publications – http://urbanepublications.com/books/out-damned-spot-2/

Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Out-Damned-Spot-Shakespeare-Incarnadine/dp/1910692425/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1458481377&sr=1-1&keywords=out+damned+spot

‘Death in Profile’ by Guy Fraser-Sampson

Death in Profile - Book Cover

I got my copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.  This is the first book of a series.  ‘Death in Profile’ is already out as an eBook and will be available in paperback from the 28th March 2016.

London’s Hampstead, a normally respectable and quiet place, is shattered by a series of horrifying murders.  The police investigation has been going on for a while and it doesn’t seem to be progressing much.  Pressurised by senior officers who are desperate for a result, a new initiative is clearly needed and fast.

Intellectual analysis and police procedure vie with the gut instinct of ‘copper’s nose’, and who would have thought that a famous fictional detective could be of assistance.  A psychological profile of the murderer allows the police to narrow down their search.  But will they be able to solve the case before Scotland Yard loses patience with them? That’s for you the reader to find out.

I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Death in Profile’.  It was so good that I stayed up till late at night reading it and then woke up early this morning to carry on.  When the cover was revealed several months ago I absolutely loved it; the old fashioned street lamp, everything.

I am a big fan of crime fiction and have devoured quite a lot of books in this genre.  I don’t even seem to mind if they are grisly.  However, ‘Death in Profile’ was totally different to anything I have read so far.  It concentrated mainly on the actual police investigation, preparation for counsel meetings and the court hearing.

I thought this story was really quite unique and very thought provoking.  It got me trying to work out who the killer could possibly be.  It also shows you just what the police have to go through when trying to solve a big investigation.

I will definitely be getting myself a paperback copy to add to my collection and I am really looking forward to reading the next in the series.  I hope that I get to meet some of the original characters again.

I give this book 4 out of 5.

 

‘Death in Profile’ is available from Urbane Publications – http://urbanepublications.com/books/death-in-profile/

The eBook can be bought from Amazon UK and the paperback pre-ordered – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Death-Profile-Hampstead-Murders-no1/dp/191069293X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1458486555&sr=1-1&keywords=death+in+profile

 

Interview with Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith

Earlier this week I hosted a guest post written by Andrew Smith.  He was also very keen to be interviewed.

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For the benefit of my readers can you tell me a bit about your book which is being published later this year?

The novel is titled THE SPEECH. The narrative takes place in Wolverhampton, during ten days in 1968. A violent crime brings a group of disparate characters — some fictional, some real —  together. The real characters, the ones who actually existed, are Conservative Member of Parliament Enoch Powell and his family. The fictional characters include Mrs. Georgina Verington-Delaunay, a Conservative volunteer; Frank and Christine, who are art students inadvertently caught in an undercurrent of intolerance; and Nelson and his aunt, Irene, who are Jamaican immigrants striving to make a life for themselves in an atmosphere of turbulent emotions and polarised opinions concerning Britain’s immigration policies. The speech of the title is Powell’s infamous Rivers of Blood speech which he made on April 20th of that year, and was considered by some a racist diatribe. Set against the 1960s background of ‘subversive’ music, radical fashions, and profound change in ‘moral values,’ these characters attempt to bring a fair conclusion to an unjust investigation.

In and around this unfolding plot we learn about the brilliant but deeply flawed Enoch Powell. We’re privy to his life — both public and private — leading up to, and immediately after, his infamous speech, and to some of his hidden motivations.

 

How long have you been working on it for?

The seed of an idea (to write something surrounding the Rivers of Blood speech) has been there for a very long time, but I only began to research it seriously in 2010. I finished the manuscript for the novel in the Autumn of 2015.

 

For how many years have you been writing?

I published my first non-fiction piece, a magazine article about a trip to the Himalayas, in 1990. Soon after, I took some creative writing courses and started publishing my short stories around 1992.

 

I’ve seen on your website that you’ve had a couple of non-fiction books published. What subjects do you write about?

I’m a keen gardener, if only sometimes in my head, depending on where I’m living. My interest in plants led me to write a book about the cultural history of some of our most common garden flowers. And the same interest brought me to write, together with two friends, a cultural history of cannabis.

 

What awards have you received for your writing?

I received a Gold Award for Fiction for my first novel, Edith’s War, at the Independent Publisher’s Book Awards, and I’ve received several awards for short story writing.

 

Have you got any other writing projects on the go?

At present I’m part way through a sequel to The Speech, following the same characters some thirty years later. Frank, the art student, has become an alcoholic paparazzo, he eventually married and divorced Christine, who is now a celebrated fine artist. Nelson, the Jamaican, has become a successful song writer and recording artist. Enoch Powell is dead, of course.

 

Do you see yourself still writing in ten years time?

Yes, but, as I think John Lennon said, ‘life happens when you’re making plans.’

 

How did you discover Urbane Publications?

Word of mouth. A man I’d interviewed for The Speech, Nicholas Jones, is one of Urbane’s authors. He suggested I approach Matthew Smith, the publisher.

 

Would you like to see any of your books made into a film or TV series?

I’ve always thought my first novel, Edith’s War, would make a terrific film. Many people have commented how ‘cinematic’ it is. But it’s a difficult chore finding someone who might even be interested, and then the long journey to final film. I sent the book to Terence Davies because he’s made films set in Liverpool in the 40s and 50s, which is where and when Edith’s War is set. He graciously replied, but said he was too busy to read it. I’d like film director Steve McQueen to read The Speech. I’ve heard he’s in the process of making a BBC series about Jamaican immigrants in London, beginning in the 1960s. So I’m sure he’d find the book of interest, but whether he’d consider it as a film? I don’t know.

 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love stories and story-telling, so I read a lot of fiction, see lots of films, go to theatre when I’m able, and occasionally to opera, or to any performance piece with a narrative. If there’s time left over and depending where I am, I’ll garden and cook, and then eat … lots.

 

Are there any authors who have influenced your writing?

All writers seem to read voraciously, especially when young, which I did, so it’s difficult to be conscious of specific writers who’ve influenced me. But writers I admire are: Ian McKeown, Julian Barnes, Alice Monroe, Mavis Gallant. And more recently I’ve been impressed by Ned Beaumont, Gillian Flynn, and Joshua Ferris. And totally blown away last year by a little known American with one novel to his name, Sergio de la Pava, but I suspect he’s an acquired taste, and probably more of a writers’ writer.

 

Have you got any good advice for anyone wanting to write a book?

It may have been Margaret Drabble who said something like, “the only secret to writing is to put your bum on a chair and do it.” There’s no magic, no insider information to make it easy, it’s simply hard work. You just have to choose something that interests you, and then sit down and put in the hours it takes to think, research, and write about it. That said, it’s a huge privilege to have the time and the circumstances to be able to do it.

 

Guest Post by Shirley Golden

Shirley Golden

Shirley Golden’s book, ‘Skyjacked’ is being published next month.  Shirley has written a guest post for my blog about science fiction and female authors.

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Science Fiction and Female Authors

As a female author who’s written a sci-fi, space adventure, I wasn’t immune to the male dominance of the genre – at least when it comes to popular or acclaimed writing.  So much so, that I considered using my initial instead of my first name on the cover.  Upon reflection I decided, that given we’re living in the 21st century, the time for such nonsense should be over.

However, I recently discovered on The Telegraph’s, “Best Sci-fi and Fantasy Novels of All Time”, that just 9% were female.  The Guardian’s list of, “The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels”, fared only slightly better with female authors making 15% of the cut.  And a search of Amazon revealed the ten top sci-fi bestsellers were all by men, with the first female author making an appearance at ranking 19.

But is this sexism, or do women fail to write (or submit) as much work in the genre?

According to a survey by Tor Books in 2013, women made up 32% of their speculative fiction submissions, although this varied when broken into subgenre, with young adult fiction tipping in favour of female submissions.  Nevertheless, it seems that women might be less inclined to submit in this genre overall.  Unfortunately, I found no information on comparative acceptance rates of sci-fi submissions by publishers.

Female authors that often make top sci-fi lists are, Margaret Atwood, Ursula Le Guin, Anne McCaffrey, Doris Lessing, and sometimes Angela Carter (who is included in sci-fi/fantasy lists).  And this raises a related debate over whether women can write “hard sci-fi”.  Hard sci-fi authors tend to keep within current limitations of what is theoretically possible, and therefore at the extreme end, stories shouldn’t include such concepts as faster-than-light travel, inter-species breeding or time travel into the past.  Catherine Asaro is known for the scientific depth of her stories, and includes elements such as equations, and diagrams of quantum mechanical wave functions in her fiction.  So, clearly women are just as able to write “hard sci-fi” as men if they choose to do so.  And of course, there’s Frankenstein.  Oh, the irony that possibly the most influential speculative fiction novel of all time was written by a woman.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, my own book shelves reflect a similar bias; the only female sci-fi books I possess (excluding fantasy and horror writers) are Ursula Le Guin, Carol Emshwiller, Ann Leckie, and Sophia McDougall.  However, I can only think that my book shelves reflect the fact that male sci-fi novels are marketed more rigorously than their female counterparts because I have no preference for the sex of an author in any genre.  If I’m honest, I don’t make a huge distinction between the sexes – humans all need shelter, food, love – I fail to understand the need to highlight differences.

As soon as I started writing my novel, Skyjacked, I knew I had little interest in pursuing hard science in fiction, and not because I’m a woman.  My love of sci-fi (which began with TV shows such as Blake’s 7 and V) is rooted in the desire to indulge in an escape from reality.  So, I hope my book will appeal to readers of both sexes, who enjoy colourful characters in a fast-paced, action-packed, adventure story, whose main aim is entertainment.

 

‘Skyjacked’ is available to pre-order from:-

Urbane Publications – http://urbanepublications.com/books/skyjacked/

Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Skyjacked-Shirley-Golden/dp/1910692182/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1458402875&sr=1-3&keywords=skyjacked

 

Shirley Golden’s Website – http://www.shirleygolden.net

 

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