Monday, 4 July 2016

Who Is Luke Rock?

No mystery - this isn't my intention - Luke is a pseudonym. 

I could (I seriously considered it) have played a big game and created an elaborate facade, but that isn't me. 

I have seen it done and I always feel a bit cheated by it. Remember the JK/Galbraith stuff? 

So I am being honest as that's the type of writer I am.

"The reason for the pseudonym is easy. Kevin And The Atomic Bomb is like nothing I have written before".

Regular readers of my stuff may like it or hate it and new readers, including those who may have read stuff of mine before and failed to get into it, have another chance to get on board. 

I want to put clear blue water between books like Carla, Criminals and Hollywood Shakedown and the newest Green Wizard novel, KATAB, as it is known in these parts. 

While I hope the standards of storytelling are similar, it is hugely different to my eyes. 

This is easily my most commercial and modern book and it is inspired by recent events. It is very much a book influenced by the decision to leave Europe taken by around half the population of this country. Brexiters, as they are referred to in the novel on many occasions.

KATAB is very European. I shall tell you that now. I am pro-Europe and so is Green Wizard. I am not a happy bunny at the recent turn of events and that's putting it mildly.

Risky? Yes it is. But necessary.

It takes place in real time from June 24th to 4th July. The story is detailed on a previous blog post.  There are sample chapters on your right to read online.

Luke's name: I support a (recently concluded) Creative Writing group on a Wednesday night at Central College in Nottingham and, on session six, we discussed psudonyms (amongst other things). 

In a discussion of thrillers, I came up with an example of a cool sounding author name and that name was Luke Rock. Naturally, it stuck - despite general hilarity from at least one of the (terrific) group. So when the opportunity to publish the book arose, I knew the exact author name I was going to use.

The book itself contains three of my most loveable characters - Ricky and Kevin, two hapless, reluctant revolutionaries and Rachel, who I adore, who gets herself in all sorts of messes and some of my favourite ever supporting characters, including the nastiest villain I have ever written - and its not Nigel or Boris.

I have often been complimented on the way I write women and I am hoping the commentators feel the same way about the characters in here, particularly Rachel, who I am very fond of - in the mould of Monique, Carla, Amy and Chloe from my previous work.

As a terrific author friend of mine always says about my novels: "One minute I'm laughing and the next I'm crying," and there is the more of the same here. 

It's £1.99 or $2.99 and the paperback will be out in about three weeks. 

Hope you enjoy it.


Kevin And The Atomic Bomb - Amazon UK  £1.99

Kevin And The Atomic Bomb - $2.99

PS Mark Barry readers will be pleased to know that the pre-release titles of his upcoming work are available in this ebook, plus news of a pseudonymous thriller.

Green Wizard Publishing
Southwell. Nottingham.

Publishing the work of Mark Barry, Lynne Morley, Luke Rock, Nick Petrocelli
and students of the Creative Writing and E-Publishing course at Central College Nottingham,

GW is the official publishing partner of Brilliant Books: encouraging reluctant readers to
pick up a book again.

1 comment:

  1. I thought I might give it a go at being a literary Banksy for a while too but then it seemed just way too complicated. I'm looking forward to seeing what else is on the way as well as enjoying this read too :-)