…as Swiss cuckoo clock makers, horologists, watch-craftsmen, calendar creators and dateline experts will tell yeez – it’s all about timing… just under a decade or so ago, this ol’ Jurassic decided that it was just ‘time to write that book’ we all supposedly have in us… and the first of the Jack Calder crime thriller series was born… the reading public has been generous in its support of the books ever since, and I’m overwhelmingly grateful… but let me share with yeez sum’thing that’s been bubbling away in my head almost from that first day of scribbling all those years back… there’s ANOTHER book I really have been itching to write… a tome in a completely different JONGRR to Jack and his International Security Partners action stuff… I believe the posh term is ‘literary fiction’… isn’t every book ‘literary’, Mabel?… well, apparently my education broadens by the second as I looked up the meaning of ‘literary fiction’... thus : ‘Literary fiction comprises fictional works that hold literary merit; that is, they involve social commentary, or political criticism, or focus on the human condition. … Literary fiction is usually contrasted with popular, commercial, or genre fiction’… I wonder how many of yeez were as much in the dark as I was about that?… so, now that I have the definitive meaning, I’m more than ever possessed of an urge to get into it… and last night I typed the first bit of the thing… see what yeez think :
The Sand Whisperer
“Go alone into the desert as evening falls, my son. Sit quietly on the sand. Let your mind be still. Your thoughts will speak to the silence. The silence will speak to the silence. Then the silence will speak to you.”
Abdulla Faisal Malouf, father of Ahmed Salman Malouf
…and I’ve realized that my reluctance to start on this one involved a concern that writing such a completely different type of book from the crime thrillers would risk (a) cannibalising my existing healthy Jack Calder crime fiction market, (b) confuse readers as to ‘what the heck is he writing now?’ (c) NUTHIN else…
…let me share sum’thing else that has swung the cerebral vote in favour of grasping the alternative nettle now… all these years ago, after I’d completed the first novel, THE VIOLIN MAN’S LEGACY, I sent the manuscript to a highly recommended ‘appraiser’ in England… then I journeyed from the Middle East all the way to Derbyshire to meet the lady… our discussion moved from Jack to my idea and content of the ‘literary novel’… she told me at the end of our chat that the sparkle in my eye and the excitement in my voice when I spoke about the latter, told her I should go for the novel I really felt so powerfully about writing… it has taken over eight years eventually to trigger it… emb’dy else ever felt these things?… I think my Author pals’ll understand… it’s ‘time’ to write ‘that OTHER book’… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!
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