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