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Today I’m on the ‘133 Hours’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a guest post written by the author, but b
About the Author :
Having the background of a successful career in commerce and finance, Zach Abrams has spent many years writing reports, letters and presentations and it’s only fairly recently he started writing novels. “It’s a more honourable type of fiction,” he declares.
Writer of the Alex Warren Murder Mystery series, set in Scotland, Zach has also written the psychological thriller ‘Ring Fenced’ and the financial thriller ‘Source’, as well as collaborating with Elly Grant on a book of short stories.
Zach is currently producing a non-fiction series to help small businesses – using the collective title ‘Mind Your Own Business’. The first, ‘So, You Think You Want to be a Landlord’ is already available.
Arriving at work to find she’s lost more than five-and-a-half days (133 hours), Briony Chaplin, has no recollection of where she’d been or what had happened to her. She is distraught. Has she been ill, or had a breakdown, or could she have been drugged and abducted?
Doubting her own sanity, Briony is fearful of what she’ll find. Yet she’s driven to discover the truth. When she trawls her memories, she’s terrified by visions, believing she may have been abused and raped.
Assisted by her friends Alesha and Jenny, and supported by a retired detective, she’s determined to learn where she’s been and why.
Guest Post :
The eBook version of my new novel is due to be launched on 20 January 2020. ‘133 Hours,’ is a claustrophobic, psychological thriller. It tells the story of Briony, a twenty-five-year-old girl, after she realises she has a gap in her memory. When she arrives at work, one Thursday morning, she’s questioned about where she’s been. She hasn’t been seen, or heard of, since the previous Friday evening. Briony is shocked. She has no answer. Initially, she has no recollection whatsoever of where she has been or of anything that’s happened to her. When she concentrates hard, in an effort to remember, she has images, sinister pictures in her head. The visions are of her lying naked in a room with hands touching her, lots of hands, and worse. She’s traumatised by the fear of what she may have been subjected to. But is it memories or is it her imagination giving vent to her fears? She doesn’t know. Considering the alternatives, Briony wonders if she may have been ill, whether she has mental health problems, or if, maybe, she’d been drugged and abducted. Defying the terrors of what she may uncover, Briony is desperate to find the truth. The police take her report seriously. They start an investigation, while, assisted by her friends, Briony makes her own enquiries.
I awoke one morning, with the concept of a character coming to realise that she’d been missing for several days, where she had no recollection and no one she knew had seen her, or heard from her. Initially, I tried to dismiss the idea, but it persisted. Immediately, I knew it would form the premise for a book, but I didn’t know whether I was ready to go through the torment of writing another thriller. I have already written, and had published, seven books (the four books of my Alex Warren murder-mystery series, my two standalone novels, ‘Ring Fenced’ and ‘Source’, and my non-fiction property management guide book). I knew only too well that it would mean several weeks of torture for my family and me, while I obsessively researched and wrote my first draft. For a few days, I tried to resist, but with no deliberate intent, ideas for the story and plot development plagued me. Being an author, my wife (Elly Grant) understood my trauma. Seeing me agonise over what to do, she encouraged me to work on it and, without too much more encouragement, I succumbed.
I carried out research, looking at venues and speaking with police officers and support workers and I started writing. I live, month about, between Glasgow and the South of France. I started writing and I carried out local research while in Glasgow, but the first draft was completed while I was in France. I then arranged for the manuscript to be checked over for continuity.
Unlike any of the previous novels I’d written, ‘133 Hours’ is told in the first person, present tense. It was a further challenge to have the story related from the viewpoint of a female young adult, when I’m a not so young male. It was an interesting challenge and I received a lot of help from my wife and friends. I hope my readers like it.
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