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Today I’m on the ‘Waves Break (on Unknown Shores)’ blogtour, organised by Love Books Tour.
To promote this book I have a guest post written by its author, but b
About the Author :
Barry Litherland is an author living and working in the far north of Scotland, not far from John O’Groats. He writes in a variety of genres but has achieved greatest success with his recent crime and paranormal crime thrillers, Waves Break on Unknown Shores, The Hand of Ronan Hawke and Turbulence. He is an avid reader and loves classical novels, modern literary fiction and self-published books. When he’s not writing or reading, he likes photography, at an amateur level, cycling, and walking the mountains and coastlines of the Northern Highlands. Some of his photographs are shared on his website bleaknorth.net.
After a successful and rewarding career in primary education, he now considers writing his new vocation, and writes a new book each year. He has two new novels awaiting proofreading prior to publication and – a new venture – two Middle Grade children’s novels (for 8-12 year olds.)
He is married to Susie, has three children, a grandson, Harry, and two springer spaniels, Ziggy and Daisy.
Past events cast shadows you can’t outrun. Wayne and Phil knew that better than anyone, after Stevie died, way back when they were children. A pebble dropped in a pool. Ripples spreading outwards. Who knew where they would end?
Guest Post :
Is there an author alive who doesn’t want readers? I know I do. I want their approval and appreciation far than I want the money generated by sales. I want to know that someone spent enjoyable hours in the company of my characters, engrossed in my stories, and engaged by my themes. I want people to be entertained by my writing style and choice of words.
These things are in my mind whenever I start to write.
I cannot expect my readers to engage with Phil Tyler or Wayne or Tina (in Waves Break) unless they believe in them. Nor can I expect readers to have much concern about what happens to them in the course of the narrative unless they care about them. The success of a character like Wayne, who is initially a far from appealing individual, is that within a short time the sympathies of the reader are engaged. He was a particularly interesting character to write about precisely because of this developmental arc. The same, I think, is true of the detective, Slattery, who emerges by the end of the novel in a way the reader could not have anticipated.
The same feeling of reality is important in my storylines. I want my readers to feel satisfied that the story I tell has an internal consistency and plausibility which leaves them with no doubt that these events are real. It is particularly important to me that the ending ties together every loose end, and that it provides a satisfying conclusion. There is nothing worse, I think, than finding, after hours of reading, that an ending lacks conviction, and leaves the reader disappointed.
Whilst Waves Break is clearly a crime thriller, I don’t want it to fit too neatly into a genre. Because of the first-person present narrative, it moves very quickly. This should not mean it lacks depth, reality or complex characterisation. I would love my readers, on finishing the book, to pause for a moment of reflection, emotionally impacted, before moving on with their day.
A recurring theme of my novels is the intractability of past events. In Waves Break on Unknown Shores, a series of events in childhood lead to a tragedy which has a lifelong effect on those involved. Even in adulthood, past events are shackled to their ankles, like the chains on Marley’s ghost. Wayne, in particular, is haunted by the past, and the book traces the arc of his life, and how he comes to terms with the past.
I want my readers to leave the final page satisfied that reading the work has been a moving, engaging and worthwhile experience.
I hope they do.
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