By Auriel Roe
A composite comic novel; thirteen interconnected stories that take place over forty years. Its setting is Blindefellows, a second rate public school in the West Country
Monday, 19 November 2018
One year on...
About this time last year, a month or so after my debut novel came out, I was amazed to see it topping the humour chart on Amazon US, UK and Canada and it stayed up there, the big cheese of comedy, for around a week! After this it happily loitered in the top ten, then the top 50 for the next month or so. I like to think I was the funniest person in the English speaking world for this week whilst I was #1.
Blindefellows is set in an English private school and my second novel is set in an international school, out in the desert of a totalitarian state. Surprisingly, it's also a comedy. It's also my last school book, at least that's how I feel at the moment. I was an international school teacher for 15 years and stored up an awful lot of lurid details. This past year I've found it quite easy to weave these details into a lurid tale. The raw material was all there and it was pretty raw at times! Anyway, I hope you liked Blindefellows enough to pick up Let The Swine Go Forth which is now available on Amazon in ebook and paperback. You can even sample the first chapter or two.
As for the next novel, I am - happily - a blank slate. Inspiration may come to me when it wishes; (I have some paintings I've been planning to do in the meantime and I'd like to have a go at properly getting into the Royal Academy Summer Show rather than being shortlisted... twice!). By the way, did I tell you that when I properly started out as an artist a few years ago, my writing skills clicked into place? The ways of the brain are very curious.