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Would you surrender your soul for the love of the King?
Robert Fear and his book 'Fred's Diary 1981-2nd Edition'
Welcome to Five for Friday as we ask featured author Robert Fear, who is busy promoting his latest book 'Fred's Diary 1981-2nd Edition', five questions about his writing.
During Lazlo Ferran's extraordinary life, he has been an aeronautical engineering student, dispatch rider, graphic designer, full-time busker, guitarist and singer (recording two albums, one of Arabic music featuring the rhythms of Hossam Ramzy). He has traveled widely and had a long and successful career within the science industry but now left employment in the public sector to concentrate on writing. He has lived and worked in London since 1985 and grew up in the home counties of England.
Brought up as a Buddhist, in recent years he has moved towards an informal Christian belief and has had close contact with Islam and Hinduism. He has a deep and lasting interest in theology and philosophy. His ideas and observations form the core of his novels. Here, evil, good, luck and faith battle for control of the souls who inhabit his worlds.
He has traveled widely, living for a while in Cairo during 1982. Later, he spent some time in Central Asia having various adventures, one of which was getting married in the traditional Kyrgyz style. He has a keen interest in the Far East, Middle East, Asia and Eastern Europe - the latter informing his series of books about vampires and werewolves. He keeps very busy as a self-supported writer but is a big movie buff and still pursues his other interests of history and genealogy.
Kane is battling post-traumatic stress disorder after experiencing the horrifying death of a friend whilst on tour of duty in Afghanistan. His mental state is fragile and he self-medicates with alcohol. It’s whilst drinking that he meets Poppy, a young woman who resembles his sister who recently went missing under mysterious circumstances.
Oliver is a young archaeologist whose career is threatened by his numerous crippling phobias.
The three young people are drawn together as they struggle to unravel a mystery the world’s most powerful wish to keep secret.
Fear, illusion and reality mingle together until each person finds themselves on a precipice looking down. Will they have the courage and strength to fight their internal demons and become resourceful enough to combat the madness of their new world?
Our Interview with Elizabeth Wixley
What are the best and the worst aspects of writing?
The best aspects of writing by far is when the story writes itself and the characters take on a life of their own. I need to be passionate and interested in what I’m writing so I equally enjoy being surprised. However, the worst part about writing is when others misunderstand my intent or are offended by some characteristic in the story. My main aim is to explore an idea, to tell an engaging tale, which readers will either enjoy or not but it isn’t to upset others.
What inspires you to write?
Originally, fear was the inspiration behind my creativity. I vividly remember as a child being afraid of many things. It wasn’t helped by the fact that I was extremely gullible. If someone told me the sky was about to fall, I believed them. Growing up I realised the power of knowledge and the more you knew the less frightening things would appear. However, I do suspect that to this day when I’m writing I’m looking for answers, an escape, or a ‘get out clause’.
Who or what has had the greatest influence on your writing and why?
I’ve always been an avid reader and have read a wide variety of books and genres. The choices I make are mostly dictated by the events occurring in my own life. Sometimes I want realism, other times escapism but often I want to experience those things I most fear from the safety of my home. I have enjoyed books purely for how someone has made use of the written language but typically I would overlook anything for a ‘good story’ with a strong plot and believable characters. Therefore, I do have my guilty pleasures. I continue to relish sitting down with one of the better Stephen Kings or Philip Pullman.
Can you tell us about your books?
My books frequently cross genres. Broadly speaking they are psychological, paranormal horror. I do like my ghosts. Despite this ‘In the Devil’s Own Words’ verges on fantasy adventure and ‘Blood Borne’, has an element of science fiction. ‘Adam’s Cross’ and ‘Kane’s Cross’ are thriller/mysteries inlaid with a black thread. My main themes are, the human condition, exploring the dark and mysterious facets of our world. I enjoy writing operatic, high contrast and pendulum swinging drama.
If you would like to find out more you can connect with Elizabeth on her website http://www.elizabethwixley.com
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Take A Trip into Asia with "Fred's Diary 1981"
Travel Thursdays first excerpt from "Fred's Diary 1981"
I was soon outside and got my first taste of the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. Waited twenty minutes for a 201 bus to take me to Kowloon and sat dazed in the bus trying to take in the many sights amid the clamour of Chinese conversation, which to say the least is pretty loud.
After a ride of half an hour I got off the bus in Kowloon and within twenty minutes, with the help of a young Chinese woman, had located Chungking Mansions, a collection of supposedly cheap guest houses.
Eventually found a room free in one run by an old woman for HK$40. I tried knocking the price down for a longer stay but she wouldn't consider it. Being tired I decided to take it for one night and look around tomorrow for alternatives.
Got into the room and tried to get some rest. I got a couple of hours sleep disturbed by a TV being played loud in the next room. One thing I'm going to have to get used to here is noise. It is now 8:30 p.m. and I am going to go out in search of something to eat and drink.
I returned to the room just before midnight after a fascinating if bewildering wander around different parts of Kowloon. Lots of bright lights, scores of different shops and stalls, amazing contrasts between rich and poor, the swish tourist hotels near the waterfront compared with the slums and beggars in the backstreets.
Saw a few western faces but not many. Had a meal in McDonalds of all places as I couldn't pluck up courage to go into one of the Chinese restaurants. Feeling a bit lost and far from home but hopefully that will soon pass.
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5 out of 5 stars Fred’s Diary
By BookReader on August 6, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Fred’s Diary is just that, a diary. This book is a compilation of the daily writings of Robert Fear describing his travels through Asia, his personal experiences, thoughts, and growth.
It will take you a while to get into the cadence of the work. It is a daily diary, some days extremely monotonous, others documenting fascinating events. Just like life. Some entries are explicit in description of interesting places, others are a simple indication of having gone somewhere, visited a city, or taken a ferry. Personally, I’d have appreciated more description of these excursions. For example, the author mentions a visit to the Taj Mahal … a place that would merit a poetic description. But, this isn’t the intent of Fred’s Diary, it is not a novel … but simply a non-fiction journal of events. A most interesting part, for me at least, describes Fear's experiences following arrest and imprisonment for a drug bust in Thailand. The uncertainty, bribery temptation, surprising availability of drugs while in this prison, fairly liberal visitation permissions, etc., … are all educational. The story will bring forth some dèja vu regarding late 70s and early 80s technology, a fun walk down memory lane. For example, the Sony Walkman was a big thing, and there is no cell phone, and people still wrote letters - not emails.
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