A fantastic review of my novel 'A Justified State', by Lisa on her blog over at 'culturevultureexpress.' She manages to highlight a lot of the issues I wanted to include in the future world I imagined. So grateful for such positive feedback - do give her review a look. via A Justified State By Iain … Continue reading A Justified State By Iain Kelly Review!
I enjoy Iain’s posts and so ordered my copy from Amazon which arrived last week.
Our main characters are Danny, a State Cop grieving the loss of his family, Gabriella our assassin and Phillips, a Secret Service guy.
The book gives good descriptions of a world in the not so distant future, where technology has come a long way in prolonging life and automating jobs. Housing as we know it today is a rarity with people living in unit cubes, most food is artificially produced, power cuts are frequent due to an energy shortage, and a curfew is in place.
Clubs, entertainment, gambling and smoking are illegal, and law enforcement is a presence more than an active service.
The assassination of a politician takes place on page three, so we get straight into the story, fanning back to how Assassin and Victim met in the first chapter.
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Here’s a ‘Meet the Author’ guest post I wrote for Chris over at The Story Reading Ape, talking a little about the writing process and my new novel, ‘A Justified State’.
Give it a read, and do browse some of the other fantastic authors and bloggers in Chris’ ‘Hall of Fame!’
‘Write about what you know’ – it’s the advice author after author and book after book tells you when you’re starting out. Well, what if all you know is pretty humdrum and ordinary? I’ve never travelled much, I’ve never had a family tragedy or a relationship crisis and I work in essentially an office job. Once I did a tandem skydive, but I’d struggle to make a novel out of that experience. It involved me screaming a lot.
Then I stumbled across this quote, attributed to Toni Morrison – ‘People say to write about what you know. I’m here to tell you, no one wants to read that, cos you don’t know anything. So write about something you don’t know. And don’t be scared, ever.’
That’s how writing opened up for me. I studied English Literature at University. I’ve always read, but through my twenties life got in the way of…
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Gustav sat on his foldout chair, staring at the carved tree trunk. The gathered crowd waited for his next movement. The Monterey Wood Carving Festival had finished two weeks ago. The other sculptures had since been removed. Gustav had become a local celebrity. He would leave when he was sure it was finished. He picked up … Continue reading PERFECTION
My first novel - 'A Justified State' - is now available to buy! 'A Justified State' is a thriller set in an imagined city of the future. The State is ruled by the socially reformist Central Party Alliance. Poverty and homelessness have been eradicated, but overpopulation, an energy crisis and an ongoing overseas war are threatening … Continue reading A JUSTIFIED STATE – BOOK LAUNCH