In this business, to publish and be read guarantees you will attract many insanely jealous enemies within the writing fraternity, as well as being targeted by total dipsticks (I give you the Amazon troll). But at the same time you will also come across some wonderful people. I am proud to number the following three successful writers as true friends of mine. They are:
Bob van Laerhoven (Baudelair’s Revenge and other titles).
Robert Bauval (the Orion Mystery, The Soul of Ancient Egypt, and many more).
Last but by no means least, Derek Haines who is a long time friend and mentor.
Most of you know Derek through his various blog posts which I reblog here from time to time from. He is also a fulltime English teacher in Switzerland.
When it comes to his writing Derek specialises in comedic scifi. Because of his love for the sub-genre, he has often been accused by his bitterest critics of aping the writings of Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy). Whether you agree with his highly opinionated critics or not, (I don’t) one of his best books by far is Louis – The Life of a Real Spy…
…written about a man he knew when he was a boy. Believe me when I say that Louis was no ordinary individual.
Click on the book cover above to go to its Amazon.com link to buy and read it for yourselves.
Well now, apart from any posts I come across worth reblogging, this is my last post for 2016. I’ve got two books I really must finish reading – the complete works of Strabo and a history of Alexander the Great. I’ll see all of you in the New Year.
My best wishes to one and all…