|Hall of Mirrors, Southport|
|St. Barnabas church, Littleborough, as seen through the cyclists gate|
The Littleborough I know became a rich source of inspiration and a walk to my local church, St. Barnabas provided the final push for the ideas that were consuming me. While listening to the vicar struggle with a concept he was trying out on his elderly congregation I was reminded of the priests I grew up with and their often contradictory behaviours. My first character was born, the Reverend Jacob Alecks. I began to assemble my experiences and knowledge of the people I grew up with and project how they would cope today. What if one of them was overwhelmed, too young to cope and about to explode?
|The gravel path to St. Barnabas, a scene for Chapter 1 of Devil May Care.|
|Devil May Care, saint or sinner?|
The devil may care. It is an interesting notion and one I explored as I wrote. Far from being a horned beast, my devil is the ordinary man or woman. Will he/she be a saint or a sinner? I took the following photos myself. A few tricks of the eye can bring about a surprising result much like that Hall of Mirrors.
|A public breakdown - Devil May Care|
|A choice to make or be made? Devil May Care|
He then had a choice to make or, was it made for him? That would become apparent in my next novel, Devils Pursuits which delved deeper and then entered a word of death, manipulation and sordid scandal.
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Devil May Care is a book from the heart and soul. It is the first step to a much darker world and my characters walk a thin line. My experience in Littleborough provided me with enough material to create a further novel and then....another but by then I had decided to fully enter a world of evil, explore and see what came out. Crushing Curiosity, my third novel did. It isn't light reading although there is dark humour throughout.
What's next - wait and see!
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