A Magic Circle wizard has been brutally killed on the English south coast.
Sam Franklin, Pagoda and Meyra are on the case; as a cat, Pagoda would rather get into the case and have a nap.
Sam’s a senior wizard who doesn’t want to follow in the dead man’s footsteps; Meyra’s still struggling to fit into our world.
They walk on and under the mean streets of Brighton, hunting the killer (and the missing body). They find a whole lot more: a murderous dark magic conspiracy preying on the poor and vulnerable in our society, a werewolf with exquisite dentistry, a goblin fatale and a sat-nav with serious personality issues.
This fur-raising adventure will introduce you to the dark corners of our world where magic works and the monsters often wear nicely tailored suits.
1. Do you always take a book/e-reader wherever you go?
Within reason! And a notebook and pen…And a camera phone, just in case…And a coat with plenty of pockets.
2. Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?
Tricky. While the Devil normally gets the best lines, it’s more tempting to ride off into the sunset bruised, battered and triumphant with some degree of right on your side rather than having trashed the place?
3. Where can I find you when you are reading?
In my Lair (The Lair Of The Camrose, my secret cave on the Intermatrix), but otherwise at the moment in my living room, sitting room, elsewhere in the house…My enchanted treehouse is closed for refurbishment at the moment, and I can’t drive to my Haunted Castle at the moment…
4. Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?
See 3 !
5. Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?
Only if it’s closed or sold out. I love bookshops: the old second-hand ones with the winding bookshelves and hidden treasures, and the ones with a café and millionaire shortbreads, to mix pleasure with pleasure…I find Amazon a browsing challenge, and will continue to do so until they introduce proper VR browsing…
6. What are you most proud of?
From a purely personal point of view, getting to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, having fun practising law for nearly thirty years and finishing my first book.
7. What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
8. What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Stubborn and bloodyminded are simply different ways of saying committed and determined.
I’d advise aspiring writers to ignore most advice.
9. Who would you like/have liked to interview?
So many! Richard Attenborough, Neil Armstrong, Cicero (through an interpreter!), Terry Pratchett, Arthur C. Clarke. Gandhi, wow.
10. When and where do you prefer to write?
Early part of the day, theoretically happy anywhere. My problem is that I prefer to use a desktop. Laptop keyboards don’t agree with my tendency towards fatfingerness! I seem to have lost the ability to write in pen after years of typing! So I’msomewhat chained to my desk unless there’s a cool patch of shade in the garden neat a power point!
Thank you, Alan Camrose and Love Books Group
About the author
I write books, a Blog and quizzes at The Lair Of The Camrose. My clones help me to find time to do all these things simultaneously, but they take too much time off.
I am a cat-whisperer (more a cat-yeller).
My coffee machine is set to intravenous.
I’m available seven days a week for a chat about my Blog and books, over a virtual cup of steaming coffee and an imaginary bun….Even better if they’re real.