It’s Here

So, twenty years in the making, I think I beat The Godfather 2 ๐Ÿ˜‚ But I finally published my book. The Siege of Mr Khan’s Curry Shop. And now itโ€™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. ๐Ÿ™

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.๐Ÿค”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. Isnโ€™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 Iโ€™m just dumb ๐Ÿ˜‚

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?

Billyโ€™s love for Mr Khanโ€™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 ๐Ÿ˜˜

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 ๐Ÿ˜Š

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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 ๐Ÿ‘

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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 ยฃ7. ยฃ6.99 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

    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 itโ€™s a great way to go and youโ€™re obviously very talented to do that. Hell, youโ€™re ridiculously talented to put it all together and get it published, and you should be mighty proud. Iโ€™m proud of you and I wish you all the very best of success with it, even though youโ€™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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    • Thank you, Caz. I do get bored with long flowery descriptive paragraphs if Iโ€™m reading a book. And itโ€™s funny but they are the ones that are portrayed as masterpieces ๐Ÿค” I guess you write what you enjoy reading. I just finished reading a romantic novelโ€ฆ yeah I know, Iโ€™m a bloke ๐Ÿ˜‚
      Someday in Paris, that was character led and a delight to read. Thank you for sharing, hope youโ€™re feeling a bit better 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. ๐Ÿ˜€
    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. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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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! ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿ’ข๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ซ๐Ÿ‘

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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 ๐Ÿ˜Š
      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. Itโ€™s a bit of a thriller, bit of romance, bit of crime, bit historical fiction, bit of coming of age. ๐Ÿ˜‚ A publisher wants to know, โ€œWhat shelf can I put it on in Waterstones?โ€
      Write it then find an agent ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š


  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:

    ๐Ÿ‘A big congrats!!

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