Today it’s my turn on the blog tour for Andy Blackman’s For The Love of Grace and I’ve got a great guest post from the author himself!
About the book:
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.
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About the author:
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.
Without further do, I’ll hand you over to Andy Blackman…
Conception of the Novel
The concept of the novel was family, I can remember as a child in the 60’s doing things together as a family at home, not like nowadays where children are spread around the house in different rooms, playing with either Xboxes, computers or mobile phones, never coming together to socialise, but prefer to sit in front of a screen and do their own thing, it was the same with meal times, we always sat around the table and ate together as a family unit, it seems to me that some family meal times are set around television listings, we never had all the devices or distractions that children have now, so we used to play board games as a family and we had the art of conservation, and knew how to socialise we used to spend hours playing card games with our parents or make games up but still played as a family, one of my favourite games was hunt the thimble, one person left the room, you hid the thimble and then when they came back in you gave them clues of “hotter, colder”, and it was a laugh and all the family played especially at Christmas when you had extra family members present, I wonder how long children today would last playing a simple game like that before they became bored.
We did have a television but it was not 24 hour with 200 channels as it is today, so the use of the television was very restricted. So I decided to base my novel on a time when family was important, not because they could be because the art of conservation was still thriving and it was normal to sit and talk, also family life was different you had more relatives around you, and saw more of them, today, families are more self contained in their own bubble, plus travel is easier and families tend to fragment more, as a child with limited transport families tended to stay and live in the same area, although some did move away, I can always remember going to visit my grandmother, we had to take two buses to see her so it was a day out and an adventure to us children, but now as I am older and look back at that journey today it would be a 15 minute car journey, nothing in this day and age, and people go for a weekend visit to see their relatives and spend hours on a car journey.
The other concept was what to choose as a genre, I definitely was not going to write a romance novel, although I must admit there is some romance in the book, Horror is not my thing, I do not like even to watch horror films, comedy perhaps, but I decided eventually to select crime/thriller as I always found these books more appealing to me. I then decided to start my book in the era where I think family life was still very important and families values were still very much part of life, so it was not a stretch for Grace to help her son escape justice, although him leaving for a far off place was more of a life sentence to her than it was for him. The book started with these principles and it took on a life of its own as I was writing it, parts were very easy, some needed thought, but it did flow most of the time, and I am proud of the finished book.
Huge thanks to Andy Blackman for joining me on the blog today. Make sure to keep up with the tour on these blogs: