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A writer’s life… August 1, 2020

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

I really like Adrian McKinty’s novels. His Sean Duff thrillers have been mentioned here before and they’re pretty great – and unflinchingly bleak in the eye they cast across the last forty years of Northern Ireland.

But this piece here is a revelation for anyone who thinks that being an author with multiple books published is an easy one. McKinty who has just won “Britain’s most prestigious crime novel award, the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year” for his latest book, The Chain, relates how:

“People think that you write a book and it will be an immediate bestseller. For 12 books, my experience was quite the opposite, but then I started this one. It was deliberately high concept, deliberately different to everything else I had written – and I was still convinced it wouldn’t go anywhere… but now look at this. It has been completely life changing.”

Mc Kinty’s family had been evicted from their home and he had all but abandoned his writing career to earn a living as an uber driver and a barman in New York when a late-night phone call from literary agent Shane Salerno persuaded him to give his dream one more shot. The result has been life-changing. The Chain has been published in 36 countries, is an international bestseller and Universal bought the rights in a seven-figure deal.

Good to know. Also good to know he’s a couple more Sean Duff books in the works.


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