…the LUVLY Fiona Quinn
…not the LUVLY Fiona Quinn (…the sum’thing John Dolan)
SG: Today in a departure from my normal format, I will be chatting over coffee to John Dolan, a fellow member of the Blog Scratcher’s Union and sometime hat-wearer. John is an Englishman, but I’m not holding that against him. Not yet, anyway.
JD: Good morning, Lord Gallacher. I’d like to say what a pleasure it is to be here with you.
SG: You’d LIKE to? But you’re not going to.
JD: Spot on.
SG: So tell me, Master Dolan, what is this latest lunacy you’ve been involved with?
JD: What? No, I deny everything. I wasn’t there and had nothing to do with it. Anyway, it was too dark for anyone to recognise me. If I’d been there. Which I wasn’t.
SG: I’m talking about your latest book.
JD: Oh, right. Well, last year when I was working in the Emirates and fighting with you over restaurant bills, I got to know a Virginia-based thriller writer called Fiona Quinn and we decided to co-author a novel.
SG: So how and when did the pair of you meet?
JD: We’ve never met.
SG: You’re telling me you’ve written a full-length novel with someone you’ve never met?
JD: Yup. We just corresponded over the Internet, put some ideas together, chopped up the work and got on with it. Plus we Skyped when the connection wasn’t too bad – which was usually the case. Technology’s not highly developed in Virginia. That’s the trouble with Third World countries like the USA.
SG: That sounds nuts. There must be a billion things that can go wrong in that process.
JD: At least. But amazingly, here we are. CHAOS IS COME AGAIN launches on 11 November, worldwide. Our earlier working title was Nut Jobs – because of the characters in the story – but we finally decided on something more literary.
SG: The title is a quotation from Othello, right?
JD: Right. You’re pretty smart for a Scotsman.
SG: I suppose you want to do the heavy-selling job now? Go on then, tell us about it.
JD: Well, it’s a psychological thriller, a mystery and a – *chokes back gagging reflex* – love story. It’s VERY un-PC, in places a little blasphemous, and laced with some rather dark humour. Although there are various sub-plots, the main story is about Sean Kenny, a Scotsman who suffers from schizophrenia, and Avery Goodyear, an American literary agent who has a whole sackful of personal issues, including a mother who suffers from dementia. The action flips between the USA and London where a serial killer, the Angel of Death, is at work. There are lots of other loony characters too, including an idiot savant who is obsessed with the number 23, a sensationalist author of vampire novels, a gold-digger who thinks she’s the next Lady Gaga, a Frenchman who likes peeing in backyards –
SG: OK, stop. I get it. It’s-off-the-wall, right?
JD: Parts of it are off the planet.
SG: Give us the links.
JD: It’s on all the Amazon sites as a Kindle book and a paperback. Here are the US and UK ones.
SG: And, readers, this ol’ Jurassic has been delighted to read and review CHAOS IS COME AGAIN… here’s my review (Master Dolan, as usual has promised the cheque is in the mail… aye, right…)
…peeling away the layers of a story through the prism of characters as diverse as those in CHAOS IS COME AGAIN, is a reading delight… more so intriguing is the manner in which every player has his or her unique idiosyncrasies and internal battles impacting the narrative flow… Avery Goodyear, a literary agent in America, struggling to juggle a mother whose dementia is a constant stress and her boss whose selfish interests over ride any iota of decency… and based in London, Travis Bishop, a gifted writer, whose books generate extreme views with his sometime sacrilegious content… Sean Kenny, a man with a troubled schizophrenic history, trying to do the right thing toward his tenants in a building owned by his ailing father…. Teagan, his sex-hungered neighbour, with delusions of becoming a huge success through hitching up with Sean… there are also excellent secondary supporting casts… Fiona Quinn and John Dolan are excellent writers each in their own right, but this foray into a joint novel is a resounding success… throw in local murders in London, and an idiot numeric genius with a mania for number correlation, and the mix is gripping… an enjoyable read…
JD: After that homily, I assume I’m paying for these coffees?
SG: You assume right.
…I better go check the mailbox… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!…
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