For over a year now, I’ve been doing a three-day working week at my retail assistant job, so most of my time is spent writing, which is how I like it. Imagine my shock and delight, when on 15th January, into the store, walks a man I last saw 38 years ago.
In 1976 when I left the city of Londonderry, I was a Private soldier, and my Troop Commander was Captain Les Fox. Why, might you ask, after such a long time would I still remember him? In all of my 23 years in the military, he was one of only a handful of men, (and the only officer), that I worked hard to impress. Sadly, he’s not included in the photo I’ve used in this post, but he was there with us, on the Mull of Kintyre on a memorable two-week exercise in 1975.
Still ‘looking back’, in December 2013, sales of my crime novel, ‘Beyond The Law’; were in double figures for the month, and copies of my poetry books sold too, so it was a good month.
I’m presently making headway with my next romance novel, ‘Amsterdam Calling’, which is due for publication in June this year. The second draft is going well; the characters are behaving, and I’m happy with the places of interest I’ve been able to include in the tale. My son Andrew has agreed to lend his expertise in producing the cover, which removes a lot of pressure. Apart from being important, the cover is a very personal thing, but I trust Andrew implicitly, especially after the cover he produced for, ‘Beyond The Law’.
With regard to ‘looking forward’, I am more eager than ever, to get back to work on my next big project, ‘A Life of Choice’; which is a fictional tale, using many of my own experiences, and those of others from my military service. Meeting Les Fox again, has provided me with the incentive I needed, to get working on my fact-based fiction story.
For now, I must get back to Amsterdam …
2 thoughts on “Looking back … and forward …”
What a wonderful surprise Tom. I’m glad the re-entrance of your old Captain inspired you to think about the past. The photos are a nice touch, even if the Captain wasn’t in them. I wonder if he is impressed with you now? Your talent certainly speaks for itself and hope he takes time to read some of your work. It sounds like you’ve been extremely busy working on your books. I must say it’s refreshing to know you will not only use a family member, but trust them to produce your cover. He definitely did a good job on Beyond the Law. Your mention of Mull of Kintyre piqued my interest. I love the song, but thanks to you, need to find out more about it. Appreciate you sharing with us.
Hi Marlayne. Thank you, both for dropping by, and for the kind comments. I hope all is going well in your writing world.
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