The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it .
– Benjamin Disraeli
I published my first novel, The Bleeding Hills, back in 2009 after about a year of intense research on the Irish Troubles. I found the most intriguing part of fiction writing is the emotional toll you pay. Writing a novel is like traveling into a different dimension, another time, another place, and on top of all that you will assume a different personality. And, even though you are confident about knowing your story line, there will always be a twist in your writing that you didn’t expect.
I have numerous ideas in my head that would provide enough material for at least another four or five books, but as Peter De Vries said: “I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paper work.” Writing a novel takes time and being my worst critic, it always takes some time before I am satisfied with my own writing.
And yet, I have still not fulfilled the dream of writing my very first novel, the novel that started this all, the novel that came to mind first. The Bleeding Hills was a cautious beginning of my writing career (I still have a daytime job that pays the bills) and I wrote and published it because I could, but it was not my first novel. At this time, I am not sure how many novels I will write before I finish my “first.” Every novel on the way is another step to better writing and they provide me the time for more research, because my “first” novel will be a complex and massive work.
My current works are:
Painted Wings And Giants’ Rings – Available (Free!) in its entirety on this website.