Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Writing - What do you say about your books?

I find talking about my work to be the most difficult thing to do.

I've been asked, once or twice, what type of story have I written? For me it is the hardest question. The Steele novels, of which there are eight soon to be nine, I tend to reply with something like 'adventure, mystery' but without ever feeling satisfied with the response. So what do I mean.

The stories have a crime element but they aren't detective type novels.

There is usually travel involved.

Steele dishes out his own brand of justice, in fact he is a sort of modern day 'Robin Hood' crossed with 007

There is an element of romance but I don't do Mills and Boon.

He is adaptable, as in the most recent book 'Flight into Secrecy' where he experiences the demise of MH370.

So how do I categorise the Steele novels? Perhaps the question I should be asking is - why do I need to categorise at all? What does it achieve? Why do people ask?

Well people ask out of politeness for one thing but what they have in their minds is probably different from your own method of categorising the stories you read. That is where the problem lies. 

In some ways it would be better just to say read the blurb. As my latest Steele novel is about to emerge on to the reading market I include the blurb below.

Flight into Secrecy (What happened to Flight 370)

Steele has to travel back to Japan to justify recent behaviours that may have revealed his connection with the Gurentai. He is given a task to complete that finds him on the ill-fated Flight MH370 in Kuala Lumpur. Hours later he awakens in a cell in a place and country of which he has no knowledge. 
Being the resourceful man he is, Steele manages to escape and travels north meeting up with his fiancĂ©e Naomi Kobayashi in Astana the capital of Kazakhstan. 
Steele is naturally curious about the fate of the other 238 passengers from the plane which drives him onward to investigate further. He discovers that there are links between Russian organised crime and a Muslim group which stirs fears in his mind regarding the fate of MH370. This causes him to go to the Venice of the North, St Petersburg, where he finds the leader of the Russian Mafia and a link with the Muslim pilots of the plane. 
All does not go well however, and Steele and Kobayashi are captured by their Mafia enemy and incarcerated in MH370 on the way to the target that Steele suspected all along – in London.
Can Steele extricate himself from this seemingly hopeless situation? 
Has Steele convinced the Gurentai that he is trustworthy enough to deserve their support?
Will Steele manage to deflect the missile in which he is incarcerated from killing thousands in London?
This story is a speculative journey based upon the data and misinformation surrounding the loss of Malaysian Flight 370 in March 2014.

God Bless