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a weird life being a writer at the best of times, whether you’re trying
to break into the literary world, or have already made it.
It's been an especially weird year for me, in my breakthrough year
as they call it. I've gone from nowhere nobody to Z list celebrity
in the space of six months.
I look forward to the next six months when I might grapple my way
up to E list celebrity status and be on level pegging with alcoholic
ex-footballers, overweight pop idol quarter finalists and big brother
legends. Or is that leg ends?
The press and feedback I’ve had from my first novel has been amazing.
Especially for a novel that has mostly been just available on order
or on the internet.
Just after Christmas the Stoke Sentinel did a spread on me on page
thirteen. Robbie Williams had page three, so I must be working my
way up the success ladder.
And to think the first bit of press I had, was a small caption and
photo in the Congleton Chronicle, on the births and deaths page. Oh
The highlight of it all up to now, has been autographing a book for
Uri Geller, who even found the time to speak in an interview about
me on BBC Radio Stoke itself. He’s a real nice bloke, and a cracking
fiction novelist in his own right.
Hunter of ghosts
My book is entitled A Haunted Man. The main character in my
novel is James Boag-Munroe, a hunter of ghosts.
hunted them for most of his life and for the past ten previous years,
has been plying his trade in America.
Now he has returned to his home town of Northwich. But something isn't
Boag-Munroe has lost his memory. He doesn’t know how or why he has
As he starts to piece together the shattered fragments of his mind,
he begins to realise that the spirits may have turned the tables,
and the ghosts are now hunting the ghost hunter.
A Haunted Man is the first in a series starring ghost hunter
Boag-Munroe. The books are set over various North West and Midlands
As a local author, I decided I wanted to promote towns and sites that
I had lived in or visited regularly.
Places like Congleton cloud, Northwich salt mines, Hanley, all play
a part in the novels, short stories…. and maybe in the TV series and
Yes, imagine my surprise when I was approached by an American film
company, who ended up taking out an option on the character and books.
I’ve already written the first draft 45 minute series pilot, and am
working out the plots for the other proposed thirteen episodes, that
will make up the first series season.
Next up I’m adapting the book for the silver screen, while writing
the A Haunted Man sequel (and no I can’t tell you its title
yet, it's top secret).
That's not to mention putting the finishing touches to my second novel
Spring-Heeled Jack Awakes, which feature a certain little town
known as Hanley.
Tips for aspiring writers
As for tips for aspiring writers, what can I say, but just keep plugging
away. I know that must sound trite, now that I’m published, but don’t
forget I’ve been plugging away at the writing game for twenty years.
It’s only now that the doors have started opening, and they're still
One last thing. Buy the book A Haunted Man. Buy it now. Readers
or would-be writers (writers you'll pick up a lot of hints from this
book), hunt it, track it down, beat it with a large club if you like,
just make sure you buy it.
If you don't, your region, your area will be over looked once again.
And I'll probably be a starving writer for the rest of my unnatural