Thank you so much for joining me today as I am opening and hosting the first day on the blog tour for Andy Blackman’s, For The Love of Grace.
I have a fantastic piece for you to read that has been exclusively sent over for today from Andy himself letting us all in on what his inspiration for the book was. And of course the usual book stuff that comes with a blog tour.
So, let’s get started….
🔸Blurb/Synopsis: Grace Backer had a life full of tragedy. But despite everything, she raised her son, Tom, with her secret intact. Tom is a prodigal child, destined to escape the slums of the East End of London for a better life; circumstances will make him flee his loving mother and their home much sooner than expected. Tom starts a new life in Odessa, Russia, and with the help of new-found friends starts a business. At last, he is finally accepted into a new and loving family, but one which holds its own dark secrets. A chance meeting with the son of a duke of the realm leads to close friendship and a new business partnership. When Tom decides to move his company to London and have his regal new friend run it, the firm thrives. However, not everything is as it seems, and Tom?s business soon conceals dangerous secrets of its own. Years later, when Tom finally decides to return to London, he is a wanted man, one hunted by the intelligence agencies. If he is finally to be reunited with his beloved mother and his best friend, he must fight to put the past behind him. But keeping secrets is never easy.
🔸Author Details: After serving in the British Army for over twenty-five years in the Parachute Regiment, Andy Blackman today lives in Bedworth, Warwickshire and works within in the IT sector. In his spare time he can be found visiting his three daughters and grandchildren.
🔸 The inspiration for the book by Andy Blackman.
My inspiration for writing “For the Love of Grace”, was twofold, firstly, as an avid book reader since an early age, I have always had a book on the go and would sometimes read until I had finished, normally only taking days to complete a book. I would read just about any type of book, I just loved to read, and some say it is a lonely past time, but for me I was lost in whatever book I was reading at the time, this for me was part of the reading experience. So after all these years of reading every type of book covering all the genre’s, so my second nudge, was, quite by chance, after reading a really bad boring book, and feeling quite let down by it, I thought to myself, surly I can do better than the book I had just read, when the thought popped into my head why not write one yourself, this idea I thought stupid, me a common man writing a book, surely authors are people that have been to university and have a degree in literature and understand writing techniques, I am just a normal man, then a vision popped into my head of an old teacher, I had not thought of for well over forty years, and clearly as the sun was shining I remembered what he told us one day in class, he said “the only thing holding you back from achieving great things is yourself”. As these word filled my mind all doubt left me and I knew I would try and write a book. So I finally decided to take up my own challenge and write a book. The hardest part was what to choose as a genre, I decided eventually to select crime/thriller as I always found these books more appealing to me. Next I had to choose what the book was going to be about, I had a basic plot in my head on what I wanted the main character to be (Grace), so that is where I started. When I first started writing, I found I had a lot of ideas but the hardest part was placing them in a logical order. I finished the first draft in little over a week, and was feeling pretty good about myself, but looking at the word count was not sure how long a good novel should be so I went onto trusty Google and asked the question “how long is a standard book”, and was shocked by the answer of “over 74 thousand words”, this made my paltry 2000 words seem pitiful, but not feeling disheartened, I realised I could evolve characters and sub plots with more freedom and embellishing them some became after a time quite natural, it was like some parts of the book took on their own progress and were flowing. So the finished book was nothing like the first draft, the final book took me nearly a year to complete.
Title: For The Love of Grace.
Author: Andy Blackman.
Book Length: 222 pages.
Publisher: Click Street Publishing.
Publication Date: 27 September 2016
🔸Links to buy: