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Behind The Scenes: A flash fiction Fragments Compendium

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Apparently, today is National Flash Fiction day.

This automatically made me thing of Behind the Scenes. The first third of the book at least.

The first third of the book is a compendium of Flash Fiction that relates the to the Fragments Universe.

What is the Fragments Universe?

Well, it stared with the book of the same name. Fragments, a book based upon a grief model that had six inter-related stories. There have been subsequent spin-offs; Kangana for one, as well the Gorbind Phalla Novelette that is The Battle of Gravelly Hill Interchange.

This selection of flash fiction is a behind the scenes peek into the lives of fictional characters. What is it, that they get up to when they aren’t clogging up my fountain pens.

We have Gorbind, Padmi, Devan Coultrie as well as Hades,Lord of the Underworld and the vampire, Lady Aurelia. Some of them, are established characters from fountain pens. Aurelia and Hades are waitig in the wings.

To be honest, Aurelia and Hades have two interesting stories in Behind the Scenes. Aurelia’s a business woman in the eighties, with Hades visiting The Women’s Hospital where meets The Angel Gabriel.

They both have respective works in progress sat next to my desk.

Aurelia also has a second book, that involves werewolves and a cabal of vampires.

When it comes to flash fiction, there is a second volume to be worked upon and developed. We see more of Gorbind and Padmi, which might be rather interesting.

7. Books the Breakdown: Battle of Gravelly Hill Interchange

A bit like dragon realm, what happens if Zombies come to Birmingham,

Oh, and what’s Gorbind doing with himself.

This Gorbind Phalla Novellete was originally part of Behind the Scenes.

However, it felt to special, to nice to be left there.

Published as book in it’s own right, we see Gorbind, Padmi and other sights of Birmingham cope with a pandemic

Yes, yes; we’ve sorta seen what feels like.

This is an apocalypse in Birmingham. Gorbind Phalla is the de factor Lord of the Manor. This is not Birmingham as we know it.

And what’s Spaghetti Junction got to do with it?

Well, have a look inside.

6.Books the Breakdown: Dragon Realm

Whilst Tolkien was inspired by Sarehole Mill, I’m at a loss to identify other pieces of fantasy, apocalypse or such drama to be set in the West Midlands.

I mean, why do aliens, zombies and creatures otherwise unspecified go to other geographic locations?

Why shouldn’t Birmingham not be a backdrop?

Please don’t get me wrong. I love Birmingham; Brummie Born and Bred. I am not tempting fate, being disparaging. Not in the least.

Working with Author city for the book event anthology, I picked the theme of a city of a thousand trades.

And chose to marry that with Dragons.

Here we have ten short stories that see Birmingham become home to some rather interesting creatures.

5.Books the Breakdown: Behind the Scenes

Writing assorted characters is rather fun, to be honest.

Imagine though, what they might get up to when I’m not trying to write them.

Behind the scenes contains three different things.

First, an insight into the lives of the characters that I write, beyond my ink pens and my imagination.

Second, there are short stories inspired by the City of Birmingham. We have some historical romance with Lady Eleanor. A counsellor-there’s a surprise-romance in Digbeth. There’s even a space ship!!!

And what might happen, if Hades Lord of the Underworld came to The Women’s Hospital.

Second, GORBIND!!! Gorbind and zombies. But hold on. I’ll tell you about that in abit.

This was a book-of a few- that I wrote as the world started to get to grips with global pandemic. As such, it’s got a little bit of everything in there,

4.Books the Breakdown: Kangana

What started with Devan Coultrie moves on with Gorbind Phalla

(Gorbind is my favourite. Please don’t tell Devan)

I’ve not come across many romance books with characters of South Asian Origin. I felt that there was something missing. In all the mills and boon’s that I would walk past in the library, there was something missing.

As with Devan. I decided to do something about it.

This is a sweet romance between Gorbind Phalla and Padmi. A romance that integrates family dynamics and cultural experiences.

Yes, Gorbind is my favourite.

I might date a Devan-get my heart broken in the process-but I’d marry a Gorbind. Or try to, at least.

He is also my attempt to broaden out books, add characters from diverse backgrounds. Tell stories that might not otherwise get told. He like Devan is a slightly different male lead for a romance.

He started off a bit-part character in Fragments, and he continues to grow.

You’ll see how, in the rest of the book breakdown.

3.Books the Breakdown: Devan Coultrie #PEACESERIES

Well! This is a book adventure and a half!

Who is, this Devan Coultrie?

There are three books, and a movie currently in editing that help us understand who he is.

A former hedge fund manager from Rugby, UK who flies off to Montana, USA to start a new life.

He sticks a pin a map, and off he goes.

Devan Coultrie was my first foray into Contemporary Romance. I grew frustrated with the lack of South Asian Characters in books that I was reading. There were also so many not so savoury tropes in these books. So I decided, with the help of the Peace Novella Series Authors to create one.

Start with Retreating to Peace, where we meet Devan. He’s about settle in the fictional town of Peace in Montana. He’s all for a new beginning, and has a bruised heart.

He then settles, his life get busy with Postcards from Peace. It all seems okay, with the odd bit of drama thrown in,

Then, things take a turn, and we have Peace Betrayed. Devan does things that might stretch our love for him.

Now, I mentioned a movie!!

Yes, a short film is in the works. Devan Coultrie is Unwell is currently in Editing. The exact mid-point of the Devan Coultrie Saga was shot and developed last summer/autumn.

WE HAVE A VERY REAL DEVAN COULTRIE!

There is also a real Aditi Rao.

More news on that later. In the mean time, go read the books!

Summer of reading? Order paperbacks!

Hello everyone, how are we!

Well it’s been a busy spring. I am making small steps to go back to the allotment. Whilst teaching, being in private practice and also writing.

As for the writing, well!

I’ve attended two book events here in the United Kingdom. I attended Shenanigans Telford and also Tales on Trent. I have another planned.

Only this one is international!! Yes, the plan is to attend the Big Sky Event in Montana. More on that as I have it.

There have been two new releases in the last six months. These are Dragon Realm and The Battle of Gravelly Hill Interchange. Both are a bit different compared to the other books in my back catalogue. One has dragons, the other has zombies. Well, why not!

Having been to the book events and in planning for others. I have opened up the paper back order form again,

You can order the full range of books.

hello there, it’s been a while!

Hello there, it’s been a while. A long while. I’ve been meaning to check in. I really should have. We’ve had lockdown one. We’ve had lockdown two.

We endure, with lockdown three.

There’s been a lot of sock knitting, I can tell you that much.

But there’s more. I’ve also been writing. During Lockdown two, I wrote a screenplay.

(I also wrote about dragons, but more on that later this year.)

This screen play. Well, remember Devan Coultrie?

A story was selected from Postcards from Peace: A Peace Series Collection. ‘Devan Coultrie is Unwell’ in fact.

There is now cast. We’ve found our leading man, a bar man and even our Narrator. There has been a virtual cast meet up/reading too. This was amazing, truly quite epic to see and hear the story come alive. I think there may have been a tear in my eye when that happened. I’m really very grateful, to Chris Hills from JA media who will be producing.

At the moment, due to pandemic restrictions, we’re very limited in what we can do and how. When we can, we will be looking into locations. The plan being to premier the short film later this year.

But we’re missing someone. We’re missing an Aditi! We’re missing an actor of South-Asian ascent, aged between 35-40, who is Birmingham based. Any one out there who could help?!

#NABLOPOMO2020: Making pictures

The last few weeks have been very interesting when it comes to writing and being creative. I’m taking yet another risk, when it comes writing. More specifically, in relation to the Devan Coultrie Saga from the Peace Novella Series.

I have spent the last two weeks, writing and developing a screen play. A screen play, for a story called ‘Devan Coultrie is unwell’ from Postcards from Peace. A short story, is set to become a short film.

I am very fortunate, that the media company who supported me at the Peace Betrayed Book Launch in February is looking to film stories. These, are then going to be-fingers crossed-shown as part of the Tamworth Literature Festival in Spring next year.

Fingers crossed, indeed, and on many levels.

I’ve never written a screen play before. The last time that I wrote a script in any form, I was in year eight and we were studying Twelfth Night, I think. This, is a new skill set; I don’t think for one moment, that it is perfect. In fact, there is a massive learning curve. Being a geek, I’ve been looking at how to write a screen play, from the formatting to technical details. I am currently in the process of finding actors, before I look at locations and this does actually get off the ground.

It has always been a dream, to see my writing, and indeed figments of my imagination, on a screen of some kind. This opportunity therein, is rather special. There is some small chance, that this may come to fruition.

One month to go: Behind the Scenes

It’s a month til Diwali. A whole month, ti Behind the Scenes goes live on Kindles.

It does feel as though this piece of work has been simmering away for a long time. It has certainly been my focus during the pandemic. As such, I do feel as though it has been forged and developed through an altogether rather unsettling time.

Behind The Scenes is an eclectic piece of work. There are distinct universes that exist within this book. We have the fragments universe, which has so far yielded Fragments and Kangana. Then there is the convergence with the Peace Novella Series Universe.

Characters from these two different worlds come together in a way that we’ve not experienced before. There is also the apocalyptic Battle of Gravelly Hill Interchange. This is important. This is a book set in the city of Birmingham. England’s second city. As such, there is reference within the pages to local cultural and social places. All of which contribute to Birmingham’s Iconic Identity as the city of a thousand trades.

We also, allegedly, have more canals than Venice.

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A book of two halves sits before you.

In the first half, what happens to the characters from the author’s novels when you aren’t reading them; what is the rest of their story? See what happens with Gorbind Phalla after the romance of Kangana. Devan Coultrie from Peace Novella Series has a life beyond making Montana Moonshine.

There are even a couple of new characters. Who is the mysterious Pencil-Sketch, and The Lady Aurelia is just dying to meet you.

In the second, meet the many different people who live in the City of Birmingham. A street preacher who yells his message, but one day disappears. Two strangers share a romantic encounter at The Kerryman Public house. What if there were spies in Birmingham, and what happens with the exhibits of the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery when the visitors aren’t there? There is even some romance in Medieval Birmingham with the Lady of the Manor.

These all culminate in the apocalyptic Battle of Gravelly Hill Interchange.