Blog Tour: The Writing Process by Turner Author @jrdemontfort @lovebooksgroup


Two Brothers.

One Big Decision.

“We Are the Light Join Us”.

Turner is a rich, dark, layered text that slowly draws you in before taking you on a roller-coaster ride of emotions in a story about what it means to be human, pure love and the sacrifices people make to preserve those things.

Hero, a young boy joining a new school, discovers he has a unique ability. One he finds that he shares with his mysterious, enigmatic older brother James. Upon this realisation, the brothers’ bond is cemented as they embark on a complex emotional journey together, honing their skills and developing their understanding of what this new found ability can bring for them both. However, upon his eighteenth birthday, Hero learns that with his new ability comes a choice and whenever he makes a decision there are serious consequences.

The story contrasts the parallel lives of the brothers as Hero decides to “Join the Light” whilst James takes an entirely different path and disappears . . . 

Will they ever be reunited? 

Guest Post:

I always wanted to be a novelist from a very young age. I loved reading and words and regularly expressed my story telling through essays and computer role playing games that I wrote for the Spectrum 48k (yes, I remember the 80s the first time around!)

But, as I progressed through my teenage years, I was talked out of being a novelist and guided by my parents to ‘get a real job’. So, I ended up in banking and, perhaps inevitably, I lost my soul. I used my creative talents to line the pockets of the upper echelons of society until I reached the age of 38 and, in a single electric moment, was fortunate enough rediscover my soul. An idea that I’d had as a teenager called Turner’s Chess Game replayed in my mind. In another strangely timed twist of fate, I met with an old friend for a birthday dinner. We talked about the projects we were working on, she was writing a TV show that she hoped to get commissioned and she asked me about my book and I told her the basic outline for it; she was very adamant that I should write it and so I started.
My friend’s name is Daisy-May and she and her brother went on to win awards for their BBC3 show, ‘This Country’. 

Whilst I have heard some authors say that writing is hard, I actually really enjoyed every part of the writing journey of my first book, Turner, and I learned a lot, about how to be an efficient writer, but mostly about myself. I quickly realised that I was going to need help and so I started talking to editors and mentors who could help me (services for which I paid) some help was good, some was bad. Although I would add that a lot of whether the help was good or bad depended on my readiness to heed it and on the working chemistry that I had with that particular mentor. 

Without question James Turner was my favourite character to write in this book. Because he knows who he is and has embraced it and his superpower from an early age, he has no inhibitions, at least at first, and, like Tyler Durden, he’s free in all the ways everyone else is not. But also, he’s flawed, he’s misogynistic, reckless, sociopathic and even sometimes tactless. But then, some part of him shines, is beautiful and wonderful. It’s difficult not to love him, at least a little bit.

As I came towards the end of the book, I started searching for a publisher and there was quite a bit of interest, but it quickly became apparent when looking at all the options that I might be better off publishing it and managing all of the marketing myself. As I researched the publishing industry more and more, I realised that there were many great writers who were being overlooked because they were unable to afford the training / mentoring / editing etc that they needed. So, I came up with an idea to pay authors a salary and royalties to write books and we would supply all the training; the only requirement was that they had to have raw talent. I helped build a set of algorithms and processes (interviews etc) that would help us to identify that raw talent and De Montfort Literature was born. Turner became their first publication.

Writing is a never-ending process, I am blessed (or plagued) with ideas day and night and sometimes I wonder if I write simply to get the ideas out of my head. But no, I enjoy creating and writing stories; one such story I am working on right now. It came to me whilst I was discussing Turner with one of my mentors and he went for a bathroom break. He still can’t believe that I put the outline together in five minutes. We recently pitched it to a small focus group; it was received with tears of joy and pain. It is much gentler than Turner, it’s not as graphic and there’s no sex or violence in it at all. It’s a bittersweet love story spanning 2000 years between 1986 and 2038.

And it is entitled ‘Saves 9’.

Although not yet on Amazon etc. (as the cover is still being designed) these should appear within about one or two months, pre-orders can be made De Montfort Literature. ISBNs: HB: 9781912770045 PB: 9781912770052 Kindle: 9781912770038

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