Dear Reader/Writer/Collaborator, Agent/Publisher etc
I write fiction: shorts and novella (currently drafting first full-length novel). My writing spans two decades, my projects are rangy: literary, scripts, satire/humour, children’s, and non-fiction.
A parallel, professional life has been spent primarily in Journalism (a decade employed as a print/web journalist and editor, followed by a decade in freelance, multi-platform, mode). But that’s an entirely different story. Staying on script…
If you are the proverbial “right agent or publisher” then, hallelujah, it means my life of good karma has finally boomeranged back to me. Let’s talk: firstname.lastname@example.org
A sample of recent/current Shorts (& micro, flash)…
“Reach for love” (2015, published under a pseudonym)
“Dead Pigeons” (2016, published under a pseudonym)
“The Imaginary Coup” was the original, working title of my first, full-length novel: a prose work in progress (2016-).
(Original back matter): “A motorbike riding Aid worker transports patients, vaccines and supplies during the contentious birth of a new African republic. He rides the gauntlet of raging storms, random mud slides, rampant disease, revolutionary politics, ruthless militiamen, and, most disturbing of all, rumours of an imaginary coup…”
A top secret, collaborative, project was completed in 2016 -being pitched out to selected agents/publishers in 2017.
Humour (Satire, Parody)
(80 pages, e-published 2016)
A read that is razor sharp and blunt silly, in equal measure…
A stonking great satire on a certain media creation, long since dubbed ‘The Donald’…
A political parody of “tremendous” scope (and a comprehensive list of brain farts using the formula ‘The + topic’)…
A book that spies the world through an unfiltered ego of presidential proportions…
A satirical summary of what may or may not be going on in the mind of The Donald…
(Disclaimer: The views, if any are found, do not reflect those of the ghost writer).
“The Feng Trilogy” (e-publishing, 2015 to date)
Part one of The Feng Trilogy is “Monkey Steals Plum” (2015): an imaginative novella that twists the literary genre with the slow burn psych’ thriller. This first short book establishes the life and obsessions of the protagonist, Mr. Feng. Feng’s tale builds through novella number two (written in 2016, to be epublished early 2017) and resolves with the final short book (tbc, 2017).
The Feng Trilogy is, fundamentally, about obsession.
[Monkey‘s back matter]
‘Feng’ is an unorthodox Chinese billionaire entrepreneur – feted as China’s most favoured son and preparing to launch his potentially trillion dollar master plan: space missions to mine asteroids for their limitless, precious resources.
Yet his success depends on a fistful of female characters, alive and dead… the closer Feng gets to his quarry, the more his questionable past looms: How did his wife die? Did he arrange to have his own daughter kidnapped? Can he wash the blood from his hands?
The Feng books are imaginative tales, peppered with psych’ and suspense. The novellas tease out the near future by touching on that sub-genre of sci-fi, while lacing in contemporary ideas suggestive of the literary genre.
Confident characterisation drives a story line that threads together two real world, scientific fields:
- The incredible-yet-real space engineering and innovation of ‘asteroid mining’.
- The so-called ‘next generation wonder material’, Graphene.
China provides several key settings – alongside Space, and Manchester, UK. China is the mother land of the book’s protagonist, Feng.
–P.s. Why China?
My travels and long held interests in China helped to inspire this trilogy. I drew on quality time, spent far and wide, and well off the beaten track, to inform the writing.
Aside from personal interest, today’s world is undeniably awash with 24-7 news (and noise) makers squabbling over the rise and/or demise of China…
Countless sources have heralded, or continue to build the narrative, of ‘the Chinese decade’ or even ‘Chinese century’. For me that transition, if inevitable, still feels some years (perhaps decades) away.
Along with all of the news/noise around China is a global (geopolitical and economic) power struggle over ‘the story’ itself. With that, comes many myths, fears and confusions…
- myths about Chinese plans for the world
- fears of the power shift eastward
- confusions caused by the West’s corresponding decline
- broader concerns for human rights and/or increasing demands on our planet’s plummeting resources.
Taken together, The Feng Trilogy engages readers with an open-minded, unbiased take on the changing parameters of today’s global context and tomorrow’s potential horizons…
Projects in development.
My thanks to all readers and/or listeners…
Editors, Reviewers (bloggers/vloggers/podders et al): If you are interested to review, or perhaps interview, please contact me with a one-liner about yourself, your publication/website/blog: email@example.com
If you are the proverbial “right agent or publisher” then, hallelujah, it means my life of good karma has finally boomeranged back to me… let’s talk.