My novel, I PLAGIARIZED THIS BOOK FROM MYSELF was released today on Amazon. The story follows Will Nicholl, an aspiring writer who finds that his work has already been published, right down to the exact words and errors. Suspecting foul play, he begins to look into the publisher and the writer but what he reveals is something that he never thought possible. At the same time, Kirk P. Mittelmark, a private detective, is investigating the case of a missing child who recently resurfaced and Charlotte James is avoiding her abusive ex-boyfriend, but how are the three connected? Well, to find that out, you have to read the book.
As you can probably tell by that little pitch, it is a mystery thriller. Perhaps you’ve been reading this blog for a while and didn’t expect that genre of book from me. Honestly, I love a good mystery and think suspense and tension are what drives most literature and media. Elementary, the American take on Sherlock Holmes, is one of my favourite series. The show goes to lengths to surprise the viewer, not just in terms of the weekly crimes but also in the overarching story and character events. It’s that kind of storytelling that not only draws a viewer in but continues to engage them.
Even in more recent programmes, such as ones I have written about in this very blog, such as The Blacklist or Doctor Who, mystery is an intricate part of the story. It isn’t necessary a central part of the narrative but the questions of whether Reddington is Keene’s father or how the Doctor will find Gallifrey are the big questions that keep the audience coming back week after week. And sometimes those are the types of mysteries I like best; the kind of mysteries that sneak up on you, the type of mysteries that are veiled and are uncovered the further you delve into the work, whatever it may be.
This is why I enjoy novels such as Philip K. Dick’s Valis or Isaac Asimov’s short stories, which aren’t marketed necessarily as mysteries but entail a lot of mystery and use a lot of the same tropes and devices that one might see in a mystery novel. And if a novel isn’t marketed as such, you have the added value of surprising your reader with the mystery, which itself will likely be surprising. When a novel is marketed as a mystery, the reader goes in expecting a surprise. The trick is to take another angle and still surprise your audience. You can decide whether I have accomplished that or not.
I do hope that you do pick up a copy, either in print or on digital format, and enjoy what I have written. Because, ultimately, the pleasure of the reader is the goal. If you do purchase a copy and like what you see, don’t forget to leave a comment on Amazon or on Facebook or Tumblr and let others know that you liked it. At the end of the day, I promote the novel until I’m blue in the face and World Castle Publishing can market the book until the end of days but the opinions of a reader and word of mouth are still the most powerful aids for an author.
While you’re in the mood for reading, please also check out some friends of mine who have written novels and short stories that you might enjoy. If you’re especially into crime fiction, you will love the work of Gerard Brennan. Books such as WEE ROCKETS and THE POINT are sure to satisfy your criminal cravings. On the other hand, if a more violent mood has come over you, then perhaps Brennan’s WELCOME TO THE OCTAGON may accommodate you further. You can check out a full list of his available novels on Amazon or on his website, found here.
Perhaps you would rather have something short, something you can dip into now and again and return to when you have the time or a yearning. In that case then Janet Pywell’s short story collection, RED SHOES AND OTHER SHORT STORIES will likely fill that void in your life. And, upon enjoying that, you may want to check out her crime novel, THE GOLDEN ICON.
And if you find that those two writers are good but just aren’t quite hitting the right spot, then look no further than Michael McGlade. He has no less than four short stories available to read and each in a different genre, ranging from the ever present crime fiction to satirical science fiction. Take a gander at Issue 8 of The Lampeter Review ( page 84) for his crime fiction story, FOURTH FLOOR WALK-UP. In the same vein but clogging up a different organ, his pulp fiction short story WOODEN NICKELS can be found by purchasing a copy of the bi-annual Structo Magazine, either in selected stores or from their website. Maybe Science Fiction gets your motors running, in which case Michael can easily supply the hit you need. The satirical science fiction story, MARSMAIL can be found in Third Flatiron’s collection of short stories, Redshifted, which is coming soon. If you just can’t wait, his more serious psychological sci-fi story, HUSH, can be found in Jupiter Magazine’s 42nd issue, purchasable here.
As always, if you’re into good music and new artists, you should listen to Andrew Martin’s The Lighthouse Sessions, available from his website or on itunes. This is really just some excellent, inspirational music which really reflects the awesome guy behind it. And he has a music video. This guy really deserves all the good things he can get from this so please, take a listen and/or continue to support him.
Of course, my novel is available on Amazon, both in the UK and American, or you can purchase it directly from Createspace. For me, and the writers above, please, spread the word. To everyone who has supported me and encouraged me and continued to read this blog for over two and a half years since it’s conception, thank you.