Subscriber Competition

Two subscribers to my newsletter will be picked at random to appear in my upcoming book of short stories, featuring The Loneliness of Moony Moore.

Due to be released later this year with Clarendon House Publications,
the book with focus on the people who inhabit the strange town of Deben Market.

I’m looking to have one male and one female character named after two of my subscribers.

All you have to do is subscribe to the newsletter. I will use the website to pick the names of the winners.

I would like more than 100 subscribers before I run the randomiser.

For your chance to appear in the book, simply complete the subscription form, or contact me through the contact button above.

Enter now and good luck!

Thank you.

Alistair Byrne, Moony Moore and Wodehouse

Imagine Alistair Byrne, the hero of my novel The Loneliness of Moony Moore. He is tall, dark and of course handsome – aren’t all heroes? He is well-spoken and well-educated, just about perfect really. But what about the not so good points? Well, he has trouble asserting himself, is shy and a bit clumsy. He’s just about penniless and although not heartbroken, is getting over a relationship (he’s been dumped for a better catch.)

While Alistair is staying in a small seaside town licking his wounds, his world is changed, yet again, by the discovery of a new talent – some might call it a curse. More on that later.

I picture him to be a modern day P.G Wodehouse character. If you know the books, think Monty Bodkin or even, dare I say it, Bertie Wooster.

Wodehouse’s characters are all brimming with confidence, even when they are in the soup, and aren’t smart enough to sort it out without the help of a manservant. It’s part of his wonderful world, nothing really gets them down, even though they are complete fatheads. By total contrast Alistair is not a blithering idiot, but is totally lacking in confidence, and a gentlemen’s gentleman for that matter too.

My book is set in the modern world, so for a start I’d have to tone down the vernac’. Chaps just don’t have that sort of turn of phrase anymore, even the clever ones. There is murder and spiritual activity in the book, so it’s going to be a hell of lot more sombre than the great man’s work.

In fact, there’s very little comedy at all. Abuse, beatings, corruption, and murder, but no comedy. I promise you, the book is not a comedy – very far from it.

So to recap, Alistair is a slightly clumsy, shy, non-assertive, and not forgetting poor, but well spoken – although he lacks the confidence to say anything – terrible good looking, Oxford graduate who finds himself in the middle of murder mystery where the dead have a habit of confiding in him.

When I think about it, Alistair and my book have very little to do with Wodehouse, I just like reading his magic and I wanted to say so here.


Moony Moore Book Cover

Here is the cover for my novel The Loneliness of Moony Moore.

I designed it from one of my original photographs a few weeks ago and feel able to share it now.  I wanted something that suggested ghostliness, without being too obvious.

The image is my own, taken a few years ago when I was dabbling in photography with a Nikon D90. Amazing what some burning incense and a glossy background can do.

The website Canva helped me bring it all together. A great website with plenty of templates to get you started. Paid images can be purchased to improve your design or as I did you can add your own.

The novel itself is going through it’s first edit. A daunting task that requires fleshing out the bones of the story and rearranging the time line. I hope to have around sixty thousand words by the time it’s ready. The main difficulty being that I have slowed down considerably what with the approach of Christmas and the end of NaNoWriMo.

The novel is the story of the good life of Moony Moore, the bad things people do, the nature of the dead, and the patterns of life.

If you’re interested in the development of a new type of ghost story, then please follow. Over time I will be including character profiles, back stories and teasers to the main novel.