It’s Here

So, twenty years in the making, I think I beat The Godfather 2 😂 But I finally published my book. The Siege of Mr Khan’s Curry Shop. And now it’s in paperback. The idea came to me twenty years ago. A young man growing up alone in a beat up inner city. Finding his own way. But it evolved, as things do. After numerous re-starts and rewrites I thought I had it.

That was before I sent it to an editor and the real work began. I have to mention Esther Chilton at this point. Esther you’re a marvel, thank you for you’re patience, your hard work and expertise. You helped me write the book I needed to write. 🙏

If anyone reading this has done the same then you’ll know what I mean when I say, “It ain’t over, yet.” Apparently you have to market it?? What? Nooo… I thought the idea was I wrote it and people bought it.🤔But it seems that it doesn’t work that way. And the people at work ask me what I do all day? “You can’t write all day, can you?” Well actually I could.

But let’s presume I am preaching to the converted for a moment. Isn’t the worse part when people say, “What’s it about?” Or is it that just me? I read something today that says I write from a character base and not plot base. The difference is (in Charlie’s layman terms) I don’t have a clue what I’m writing about and let the characters lead me. Whereas plot based writers plan the whole thing out so, they know what they’re writing about. So I struggle explaining it or maybe I’m just dumb 😂

Anyway here’s a clue:

Bradford in 1974. Billy Lynch wants a better life. He also wants the truth.

Why did his father leave fourteen years ago? Where did he go?

Why is the local drug dealer supporting a National Front march?

Does the stunning Auntie Riya really have the answers, can Billy trust her?

Billy’s love for Mr Khan’s daughter, Alina is discovered by the local skinhead leader, Lard. This sparks a chain of disastrous events and Billy is drawn back into a past he was trying to escape. The consequences of one kiss, mean nothing will ever be the same again.

And here it is 😘

Now I’m supposed to switch into ‘marketing mode’ and beg you to share it. But I feel that if people want to share it they will. I already know you love me. Take care you lovely people xx


About charliecountryboy

Part-time Carpentry Assessor. writer, runner, guitarist. Curious about life and all those wonderful people in it.
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74 Responses to It’s Here

  1. Thank you for the mention. That’s really kind of you. You were a pleasure to work with and you have a great story here. I wish you all the best with the book 😊

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  2. Ngina says:

    Can’t wait to read and share it. Congratulations sir

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  3. Therese Work says:

    Congratulations 👏

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  4. Just ordered my copy. Can’t wait to read it. Great marketing, Charlie!

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  5. kegarland says:

    Is it only on Kindle?

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  6. Last night I heated pies in the oven while Julia went to the chip shop – we had a portion of chips, peas and a curry sauce. It cost us £7. £6.99 is not a lot of money for 20 years of effort. This one of my favourite subjects – I feel a blog post coming on . . .

    I’ve ordered it. It will be here on Tuesday. Watch this space. 🙂

    And well done!

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  7. Carolyn Page says:

    Got it, Charlie. I had to go to Amazon ‘Australia’. However, no glitches then. It was there and I now have it sitting in my Kindle.
    Well done, you! This must make you feel amazing. I’m so pleased for you.

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  8. Invisibly Me says:

    I think the novelists who let the characters lead them typically create the most natural, engaging, emotive pieces with characters that have true life in them. I think it’s a great way to go and you’re obviously very talented to do that. Hell, you’re ridiculously talented to put it all together and get it published, and you should be mighty proud. I’m proud of you and I wish you all the very best of success with it, even though you’re already succeeded. People buying it would be icing on the cake in my eyes. Good luck with the marketing. I’ll make sure to give this a share, too. xx

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  9. zendogsits says:

    A thoroughly enjoyable read! As one who has relationship issues with my father, a temper, and can’t tolerate bullies, I liked Billy right off the bat! I also liked Tommy and how you kept the reader wondering just how bad he was! Way to go Charlie!

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  10. Ana Linden says:

    Marketing – there are no words to properly explain how much I hate this part! Some of us are simply not built for it. 😀
    I just got my kindle copy today and judging by the first pages, it’ll be a very enjoyable read. Well done, Charlie!

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  11. S_MW says:

    Well done, Charlie! So glad you’ve been published x

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  12. Pamela says:

    Bought the ebook, Charlie. So proud of you! Can’t wait to dive in. 😊

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  13. Congratulations how exciting for you!

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  14. The Hinoeuma says:

    Look at you, John Grisham. With your ‘whodunit’ party, maybe Robin Cook?

    Congratulations! 🥳💢💥💫👍

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  16. Carolyn Page says:

    I’ve read the first few chapters, Charlie, and I have to congratulate you! I knew I’d enjoy your style; it’s the style of writing I’ve come to enjoy on charliecountryboy!
    It flows beautifully; is easy to read, and I’m loving the characters and their idiosyncrasies so effortlessly created with each nuance of speech and deed.
    Well done!

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  17. Congratulations! I do know writing a book is hard but gratifying.

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  19. Anne says:

    Congratulations!!! I am ordering it today. Good for you. I like character based books much better than plot based.
    Marketing, agh, I feel I need to write book #2 first, then start marketing them both since nonfiction.

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    • Thank you 😊
      Yes, marketing is a bind. It must be so easy when you have an agent and publisher. Mr K was never going to have that. No real Genre. My editor said. It’s a bit of a thriller, bit of romance, bit of crime, bit historical fiction, bit of coming of age. 😂 A publisher wants to know, “What shelf can I put it on in Waterstones?”
      Write it then find an agent 😊😊


  20. itsmylife126 says:

    Congratulations on your book. Will it be made available in India?


  21. alindaperry says:

    Great cover photograph. Looks like a good book

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  22. Americaoncoffee says:

    👍A big congrats!!

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