Howdy Ladies and Gentlemen,
Been awhile, eh?
Sorry about that. Had a fair few things happening. Life has been a cavalcade of distractions and bumps and bruises recently, sometimes it happens, woods can't be seen for all the trees, minds get cloudy and fogged with real world problems - and you struggle to find time for the passions and the joys.
But, it's getting better, and though it may have been a bit radio silence - lots of things have been happening.
Not least of which work is continuing slowly - but surely - on the second novel HYBRID MACKENZIE, and i had some amazing news that an actor and voice over artist had been interested in working on a personal project using ONE MAN AND HIS DOGMA for his online audio resume, and this has spiralled now into a full blown project where ONE MAN AND HIS DOGMA is being turned into a full Audio book that will be available before you know it on Audible.
I am beyond happy that this has become a reality, and the individual i am working with is a mentor and good friend and hero of mine, and to be given this opportunity is absolutely beguiling and stunning, i am over the moon.
Edward Pinner was a former tutor and mentor of mine whilst at college, and has since turned his hand to professional acting and voice over work, and his sample chapter for his audio CV was just great, stunning work and an amazing bringing to life of words. So for him to jump in and record the full book is a huge project, a massive commitment and an amazing collaborative project i am so happy to be part of.
I cannot wait for you to hear it.
For now, i have added the link to the sample chapter, and wanted to take the time to say a public hello and thank you to Ed for his amazing work and his brilliant talent. We hope to soon record and share a Vlog with you where we both talk about the book and the story and the project. Keep it peeled.
HYBRID MACKENZIE is turning into a big project for me, the novel is a big three act story told over a 76 year timeframe, chronicling one family dynasty through a war-torn, fantasy tinted landscape - telling the story of the Mackenzie clan, and the latest son Alexandr "Hybrid" Mackenzie - a child who should never have been born, and who is prophesied to be the catalyst of a great tidal shift of power across the broken land of Gamaliel.
I am hard at work formulating the legacy and history of the land and the cast of characters, busily building bloodlines and timelines, and making the world as real as possible, and as drenched in history and mythology as possible.
One eye on the worlds of authors like CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien and Stephen King (specifically his magnificent DARK TOWER world) as well as JK Rowling's Potterverse.
Its fun to build in a world of my own creating - but when its an analogy of a real world location or two - its also hard to keep so respectful to the place you are analyzing.
I hope i walk the tightrope well.
I will have updates and a sample chapter for you all soon, so keep watching.
For now, thanks for you continuing support and love, and please listen to the sample chapter below, we'll share more details and news as it becomes available.
Thank you all,