A ‘Coming-Of-Age’# Emotion-Stirring Novel  Set In Derry’s Springtown Camp# And The Donegal Hinterland

The latest ‘must read’ book from Derry# writer Tom Bryson Blog LOVING JEANIE cover pic-jpeg

The story of ‘Loving Jeanie’

Young teenage Derry boy Dan Kerrigan lives with his family in a corrugated tin Nissen hut in a deserted US Naval# base- Springtown Camp –  in the city of Derry, N.Ireland. Set in the late nineteen fifties, Dan’s family along with others flee in a mass, illegal squat from desperate, crowded housing conditions to equally dire accommodation, namely Springtown camp.

Dan learns all about life in Springtown camp, including friendship and loyalty – but he gets into trouble at school and with the police. He is sent away by his parents for the long school summer hols, to separate him from “bad company”.

In Donegal, he agrees to a request from his Auntie Mary to ‘look after’ his Down’s Syndrome cousin, Jeanie. However, trouble still follows Dan.

This ‘coming of age’ novel shows Dan bonding with his country cousin, Jeanie and the inherent danger of ‘making promises’ to adults – especially entering a ‘pact’.

An uplifting story about fighting adversity and developing character, maturing, and learning to give and receive love in a world where poverty and hardship, religion and politics and the spectre of past deeds are never far from the family’s door.

Springtown Camp. A part of Derry’s history.

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Springtown Camp WW2 US Naval Base

The Camp was a former US naval base comprising corrugated tin Nissen huts. The US Navy had a major presence in Derry and escorted convoys, attacked and later scuttled U-Boats as they fought in the Allied war effort. After the Americans vacated the camp in 1946, almost immediately hundreds of families, totalling thousands of people moved en masse to the Camp and began living in the tin huts as illegal squatters. The authorities didn’t like that. However, Derry Corporation took over the huts and used them to ease a post-war housing crisis The huts went into decline and became intolerable living habitations. The camp was finally demolished in 1967.

About the author

Tom Bryson hails from Derry and now lives in the historic village of Kinver in South Staffordshire wherCrime writer Tom Brysone he writes crime and thriller novels (and follows Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. – and Derry City).

“Loving Jeanie” is a departure from his normal crime/thriller genre and while fictional is based on life in Derry’s Springtown Camp and later Creggan, where he lived his boyhood and young adult years. Loving Jeanie is Tom’s eighth novel. He has also written short stories and one-act plays.

Tom Bryson says, ‘I wrote this book to give my readers a ‘good read’ but also to share insights into a period of recent history before it is forgotten.’

‘LOVING JEANIE’ is now available from Amazon as print or ebook. Eason’s and other bookshops have been approached to stock the book.

To see book details click here

Contact; Tom Bryson

Phone: 01384 872204 07451 449 807

Email: tombryson1@yahoo.com

Website: tombrysonwriter.wordpress.com

 

 

 

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Sarcophagus; thriller by Tom Bryson. (From fact to fiction and back; Chernobyl)

I viewed the recent TV series Chernobyl and found it an excellent docu- drama. Yes, of course, the programme was a dramatised version of true events, but successfully brought home the reality of the disastrous consequences for humanity and our planet when nuclear energy technology goes wrong.

The series showed the bravery, heroism, sacrifice of the doomed reactor liquidators and the incompetence, arrogance and intransigence of the plant leadership and the weakness of the closed Soviet system. And yet in this country, we still use nuclear energy to generate electricity! Will we need even more nuclear power stations when electrically powered transport replaces petrol and diesel? Sustainable energy sources are, of course, the long term answer but in the immediate future, we are faced with the ongoing dilemma of what is the lesser of two evils to produce electricity – fossil fuel or nuclear energy?

When I wrote my political thriller novel ‘Sarcophagus’, I researched Chernobyl and Pripyat and wove that landscape into my story.  (Read that extract below after book link. Book available from Amazon, Lulu)

Check out book here

EXTRACT

Chapter 37

Bogdan Katchenko awoke late in his dacha on the outskirts of Chernobyl, barely outside the exclusion zone. Another disturbed night. Once he came here for companionship, for solace with his wife Raisa. Now he came alone when he needed solitude. Despair was never far away. Raisa had died within a year of the disaster, breathing in the concentrated nuclear poison. That day, he had left her in the dacha, while he travelled to Kyiv, two hundred and fifty kilometres away, to deal with a turf war in the old Jewish and craft quarter of the city, the Podol. On that day he killed two men in Andreyevsky Spusk; a dispute over a drugs deal. They had tried to take his goods without payment. He had put a bullet in the head of one and a bullet in the heart of the second with a Berretta. When he killed them Bogdan Katchenko suffered no remorse, more a sadness they could be so stupid. Stupid people, he believed, were not cut out to make quick money, they were destined to come to sad ends if they tried. He drank his first glass of vodka and closed his mind to stupid people.

To this day the arbitrariness of life and death still left him embittered. Kyiv, the capital, saved by the caprice of the wind direction at the time, a wind that took the deadly radiation to his dacha, then north and east through Belarus and then, the deadly vapour diluting, across Scandinavia, Scotland, even as far west as the Welsh hills in the UK.

He was nearly back home in the dacha from his work in Kyiv when it happened. A matter of business, he later told Raisa when he got to the dacha. He saw from the deadness in her eyes she knew his business only too well, but she would never challenge his ways.

Their son Gennadi also absorbed the toxins at the same time; in his throat, his lungs, and in his blood. He was five then, now twenty-three and living somewhere in Kyiv, a drug addict, occasionally contacting his father but effectively a stranger. Weakening from the sickness and under a death sentence that must come soon, he got through life a day at a time as a user of the drugs his own father sent spiralling through the city and the country.

Over the years, Katchenko railed against the people he believed had taken from him the only person he ever loved in his life, his beloved Raisa, taken by filth thrown into the precious air the world breathed. When she died he cried for the last time ever and vowed he would never love again. Hate and bitterness were his legacies, a deadness entered his soul. It had not always been so – in the aftermath of the greatest nuclear accident known to mankind, Katchenko was moved by compassion for his fellow citizens. A compartment in his mind, separate from another that enabled him to kill without compunction, still functioned then. Not any more. The memory of the blast and his frenzied work at the plant with other volunteers including Taras Prakhov still haunted him nearly twenty years later. So many colleagues, friends, killed. Because of bureaucrats, politicians, cheap materials, cutting maintenance, not enough training, not enough safety. One day they would pay. The world would pay. Raisa would be avenged and his tortured son Gennadi.

He had been about ten kilometres from the blast and close to his dacha when it happened. He stopped his car and got out, stared in disbelief at the plume of smoke in the distance. Instinctively he knew what had happened. There was no point in going back to Kyiv, trying to get away; the damage was done – to them all. He went first to Raisa, then to the reactor.

Now every morning, restless after waking from troubled sleep and nightmares, a terror as if a thousand rats gnawed at his innards welcomed him. His cancer cells multiplied, remorselessly bringing closer the day he yearned for, the day when oblivion would come at last. This was the only time he knew terror or felt fear, at that moment of waking. He dreaded sleep and even more, he dreaded waking up. Awake, he closed one compartment in his mind and opened another. Then his rage boiled over; a volcano of hatred erupted. And with it came his only succour. His master plan – to disseminate nuke material and rip the world apart.

He yelled to the heavens, ‘Let others taste my bitterness’.

Chapter 38

‘This is as far as I go.’ Prakhov pulled on the handbrake of the pick-up truck and cut the engine. He stared through the windscreen. Dull daylight filtered through dense, frosty woodland on both sides of the track. A silence known only to the deaf surrounded them; no birds, no animals, even the wind was absent. They were deep into the contaminated zone.

O’Neill hopped out of the truck followed by Greg. They undid ties holding two motorcycles secure on the truck base and released the tailgate, dragged the vehicles off and pulled on helmets.

Greg went to the driver’s door. ‘Thanks, Taras, we will see you soon.’

Prakhov continued to stare straight ahead, his face gaunt and shadowy in the frosty morning air. ‘Irina – she wants to stay in our apartment. It’s her home.’

Greg yelled, ‘Taras, you need a safe house. Sean, did you know they wouldn’t move out?’

O’Neill kick-started his bike, shouted, ‘Let’s go, Greg, only one way in from here.’

Greg moved away from the front of the truck when Prakhov said, ‘If you have a God, may he look after you.’

‘Move, Taras, get away. Think of Irina, your dream!’ Greg started his bike and pulled alongside O’Neill. Picking up speed they drove alongside each other along the murky, rutted road. Greg recalled Taras Prakhov’s words, ‘Travel in parallel, if not the one behind breathes the disturbed dirt. Breathes shit.’

From Prakhov’s directions, they estimated an hour’s ride would get them to their destination. Greg saw the peeling sign for Pripyat; he indicated to O’Neill and they swung the bikes off the road and on to a rough track through the woods. They estimated about ten minutes off the road would allow them to safely skirt the checkpoint Prakhov had identified. The path was bumpy and tested the bikes’ suspension while they tried to keep the revs low and quiet as possible. The frozen ground threw a grey sheen across the landscape; periodically they passed derelict farmhouses, splintered wood buildings, overgrown gateways; there was a feeling of nature reclaiming what belonged to it, but this ‘dead zone’ would take centuries before it became habitable. And yet Prakhov had told them how some people had chosen to stay, prepared to die from radiation poisoning rather than pine their lives away in places that weren’t home.

They regained the road and opened the throttles, heading for the factory where the materials and methodology existed to wreak bedlam across three capital cities; New York, London and Kyiv. O’Neill’s words the previous evening to Greg were ‘The internet chat’s at fever-pitch.’

Greg patted his leather jacket for the reassuring bulge of his Glock pistol.

O’Neill flagged Greg to stop. He removed the hand-drawn map Prakhov had drawn and pointed ahead. ‘Not far. Ready?’

Greg gave a thumbs up and they pulled away; he braked in a hurry when two wolves leapt from the wood to the road, their eyes glinting in the half-light. He swerved past them and caught up with O’Neill who jabbed his finger to the right-hand side of the road as he slowed down, stopped and once again consulted the map.

A vast field full of rusting, abandoned trucks, fire engines and vans stood jumbled in eerie confusion; a cemetery of contaminated metal. Greg thought of Sergei Perozhak; of the men driving this fleet of polluted transport to their final resting place. Sergei, absorbing radiation at terminal levels of Roentgens per hour.

O’Neill pointed past the transport graveyard, indicated a right turn. Greg thought of Natasha and once more patted the Glock 22 pistol inside his jacket.

END OF EXTRACT

 

 

Latest Tom Bryson crime novel

New CRIME THRILLER NOVEL ‘NO WAY OUT’ is now available from amazon.

No. 3 in the DCI Matt Proctor crime thriller series.

To get sample or buy print book click here or for ebook click here

 

What’s it about?

Trapped in their own minds they must follow cult leader Gabriel Omoto – but to where and what? What “evil things” terrify young cult member Adele so much she won’t dare speak of them?

Cop Matt Proctor faces big problems – he needs to get out of a rut and take on a huge new challenge. Is he up to it? Or is the price too high?

Then there’s his spirited daughter Sarah to contend with – maybe too much a “chip off the old block”.  

A fast-paced thriller with many twists and turns and a gripping climax. The third in the DCI Matt Proctor series works as a stand-alone crime thriller. 

“Another cracker from Tom Bryson”

Springtown camp, Derry – new novel ‘Loving Jeanie’ coming soon

On the finishing straight of my next novel ‘Loving Jeanie’.

This is something of a departure for me. I normally write cop Matt Proctor crime series novels or stand-alone thrillers – for this latest I’m mining my childhood.

That’s scary.

My novel is not autobiographical – it’s fiction. Yet it taps into memories and settings where I grew up – some of the fictionalised scenes are loosely based on personal experience. The novel is written from the viewpoint of 12 year old Dan Kerrigan, in 1960’s Derry, Northern ireland. Dan lives in Springtown camp on the city’s edge.

This next bit about the novel’s setting is not fiction, it’s true.

Springtown camp was a former US naval base comprising tin Nissen huts used to ease a post war housing crisis. After the Americans vacated the camp in 1946, almost immediately hundreds of families, totalling thousands of people moved en masse to the Camp and began living in the tin huts as squatters. The authorities didn’t like that. The huts went into decline and beacame intolerable living habitations. The camp was demolished in 1967.

My novel starts with a prologue – namely the mass squat.

Springtown camp (below) was where I grew up and is the main setting for Dan’s story. A fascinating place with a unique story – check it out here www.springtowncamp.com/

I plan to finish this novel soon. Please keep looking in.

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Photo acknowledged https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-32070246

 

Heart-warming winter tales and top-notch ales.

Winter Warmers & Frosty Chillers

HEART-WARMING WINTER STORIES AT THE GUNMAKERS ARMS, BIRMINGHAM – MONDAY 17TH DECEMBER, 2018

As a member of NEW STREET AUTHORS, I’ll be appearing with other local authors at this event. It’s FREE– do book below and join us.

Despite December’s chill, it’ll be cosy in the Gunmakers Arms on Monday 17th, with heart-warming winter tales and top-notch ales.

Starting at 7pm, local writers will stir your senses with stunning stories at this city centre pub. Expect enchanting winter warmers as well as frosty chillers sending a shiver down your spine. To help you save your pennies for Christmas, the event is completely free.

Novelist Pat Spence is premiering a sparkling new short story. Even better, leading lights from the New Street Authors and Solihull Writers join her for a spell-binding performance.

 

About The Gunmakers Arms

The Gunmakers Arms is the brewery tap for craft beer brewers Two Towers. Close by Snow Hill station, it’s a cultural hub for Birmingham’s historic Gun Quarter, hosting art shows, music, poetry night and clubs. Brewed on the premises, the pub’s beers are some of the best in Brum, and at bargain prices too. Entry is limited to over 18s.

 

About Winter Warmers & Frosty Chillers on Monday 17th December

One of the pub’s regular Tippling Tales nights, the evening showcases local authors who not only write acclaimed fiction, but deliver electrifying story reading performances.

To be sure of a seat, it’s best to book free tickets on Eventbrite.

Below is the full list of writers appearing on the night (please see Dropbox for photographs):

AA Abbott – writer of crime thrillers set in Birmingham and member of New Street Authors

Lee Benson – racy novelist, riotously funny poet and member of New Street Authors

Tom Bryson – Birmingham crime thriller writer and member of New Street Authors

Philip Ellis – Birmingham style journalist and mesmerising short story writer

Ali Elsey – Kings Heath author, singer and songwriter

David Muir – historical fiction writer and member of New Street Authors

Pat Spence – acclaimed West Midlands writer of exciting women’s fiction, fantasy and horror

David Wake – Bournville sci-fi, steampunk and thriller writer. Founder of New Street Authors

Dennis Zaslona, Solihull fantasy and ghost story writer and member of Solihull Writers

 

 

 

 

Latest Birmingham cop novel published

NO WAY OUT

Tom Bryson’s latest crime novel ‘NO WAY OUT’ is the third in the Birmingham based cop DCI Matt Proctor series. Set in ‘Peaky Blinders’ country but in present-day times, the story puts Matt Proctor in yet greater jeopardy as he investigates people trafficking and a brainwashing cult in the West Midlands of England. Proctor also has personal relationship issues with police colleague Inspector Azzra Mukherjee. Aside from the DCI Matt Proctor series, Tom’s other books include SARCOPHAGUS – a gripping story set in England and the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site in Ukraine and THE ZEPPELIN OF KINVER EDGE – a photo illustrated story based on local folklore about a young Kinver man in peril when he spots a Zeppelin airship land on Kinver Edge during WW1.

Here’s how you can get a Tom Bryson book. Click title link above. All books are available in print and eBook from Amazon. For more information contact the writer/publisher. Email tombryson1@yahoo.com

Great Festival event – Evesham

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What a lovely group of people at the Evesham Festival of Words, 2017. When a writer attends an event at an unfamiliar venue there are always some nerves jangling. Will they be a friendly lot? Welcoming smiles or fiercely crossed arms and legs? Will there be ANYONE?
I need have had no such concerns for this Evesham Festival – a great variety of events held in a truly friendly atmosphere. I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend the Festival Bookshop launch in the Almonry (a superb historical building in the centre of the town, once a 14th Century home to the Almoner of the Benedictine Abbey that was founded at Evesham in the 8th Century) where I read from my first DCI Matt Proctor novel “Too Smart to Die” to a packed audience.
Festival Chair Sue Ablett and her excellent team devised a varied programme of authors reading from their works, namely; Andrea Darby, Sue Johnson, James Bacon, Hilary Orme, Paige Elizabeth Turner/aka Nigel Barnard, Pershore Young writers and yours truly; readings well chaired by Ashleigh Jayes.
Afterwards, writers and attendees mingled and chatted over nibbles and drinks – and took the opportunity to buy signed copies of books and tickets for other festival event. (I’m sure a few dads and mums were ‘persuaded’ by teenage offspring to buy my book when they heard me refer to ‘cybercrime’!).
A most enjoyable experience – this writer for one will definitely be back next year.

 

 

 

Libraries – we need them.

Support your local community library.

Read to see

In many parts of the UK cash-strapped local authorities have to make drastic cuts in services to save money. My own local library, Kinver, since the beginning of this year (2017) is staffed entirely by volunteers. We owe a debt of gratitude to them – by their efforts we continue to have a library that provides such an essential service to young and old (and those in-between!) and serves as a community hub.

To support the library, I have agreed to give a free session in the form of a talk/workshop on ‘Writing and Publishing your Book’. This may be followed by support sessions for those who want to pursue writing their book. Here’s my press release.

Writing and Publishing know-how for budding authors”

What do you want to write?

  • Memoir 
  • Novel
  • Short stories anthology
  • Poetry collection
  • Children’s story

Local Kinver crime and thriller writer, Tom Bryson, will explain how would-be authors can write and publish their own books at minimal cost. His talk at Kinver Community Library is on Thursday, 9th March at 7.30 pm.

He says, ‘Ever thought of writing your personal or family memoir – not an autobiography but a ‘slices of life’ story? Sometimes we leave it too late to ask our parents, grandparents about their lives and times. All too soon we’ve lost them and then regret missed opportunities to have known so much more. So how about writing your book for posterity – for your family and descendants. Without getting too pretentious, this could be your much-treasured legacy.

‘Or what about that novel you’ve had at the back of your mind for years – perhaps there’s a draft gathering dust in a drawer somewhere. Why not dig it out, rewrite it in the best way you can, find a good editor and see your book in print and as an e-book.

‘Perhaps you have an idea for a children’s book, or a collection of short stories or poems you want to produce in an anthology. All are possible.

‘Won’t all this cost a fortune? Not necessarily, given the advent of digital technology and print-on-demand publishing. The days are gone when you needed to buy a shedful of books to get an economic print run and then traipse the shops and streets to sell them. If you’re prepared to take the learning curve and get to grips with word processing and formatting for internet uploads, you can do it. (Or perhaps there’s a fourteen year old you can collar to help!). If you must incur costs, then a good editor is the most important investment to make.’

Local Kinver author Tom Bryson, who writes crime and thriller novels, will reveal all at the recently launched Kinver Community Library on Thursday, 9th March, 7.30pm, tickets from the library, £2. (All proceeds go the the Community library)

So – dream your dream – come along and hear what Tom has to say.

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Website https://tombrysonwriter.wordpress.com

Books available from amazon here (print and e-book) and author (email tombryson1@yahoo.com  Tel. 01384 872204)


 

Writing a novel

WRITING A NOVEL

4. SCENES

A quick recap.

I’ve already written blogs covering three of ‘Seven Components of Novel Writing’. Below is the fourth. Here’s the FULL list:

  1. CORE– Who is the Main Character, what’s their goal, problem, obstacles, what are the stakes for failure? In 50 words; yes, I keep this to 50 words. Concentrates the mind!
  2. OUTLINE– Two pages max. Written in present tense, with a start, middle and end. Split into key scenes with short headings. Leave room for the story to evolve.
  3. MAIN PLOT– Spine of the story, the heart of the MC’s journey. Sub-plots add complexity and richness. The main plot (and sub-plots) summaries need only be a sentence or two.
  4. SCENES– Scenes are the building blocks of the novel. These are where the action is. As you write scenes you are writing your book.
  5. CHARACTERS– Absolutely critical. The reader must care about these people.
  6. SETTINGS– Give ‘colour’, atmosphere, they complement characterisation, add credibility and context whether real or fictional places.
  7. SYNOPSIS – Comes at the end because a synopsis is a ‘selling’ tool; your book summary. You write a synopsis when you’ve finished your book. (I include it as part of planning because you’ll need it for submissions).

 

SCENES

In this FOURTH  blog in the series, I’ll focus on my fourth COMPONENT in WRITING A NOVEL, namely writing SCENES. 

 

What is a scene?  

Scenes are the building blocks of the novel. These are where the action is. As you write scenes you are writing your book.

I find that I need a scene plan to give me prompts to flesh out the scene. When I am writing the scene I follow the plan but not as if it were a ‘tablet of stone’ – no, I let the writing flow and don’t permit the plan to be a strait-jacket, more a rough track that becomes a defined path as the writing progresses. To give completeness to a scene I use a checklist – I call it my ‘Easyview Scene Planner’. Here it is and I’ll go through how it works.

I write my first draft using Microsoft One Note – it’s free and having experimented with other writing tools including Scrivener – a great tool by the way that many writers swear by- but one I found over-complicated. (I’m a simple soul who likes things simple).

 

EASYVIEW SCENE PLANNER (Enter here brief scene description, scene number, word count)

FOR EACH SCENES ASK; WRITE THIS SCENE PLAN BELOW – REVISE DURING WRITING
Why? PURPOSE: Show viewpoint character – who? Chasing goal which is?
What? ACTION: Through the main plot/sub-plots? Which in this scene are?
Who? VIEWPOINT CHARACTER is? Show traits, develop character. Other characters?
How? CONFLICT: What are the Internal/External obstacles to the main character’s goal?
Where? SETTING: Where are we? Define early in scene. Create atmosphere?
When? TIMELINE: Day, night, season, time since last scene?? Define early
Hook HOOK: Why read on? Entice, intrigue, engage  – dazzle reader
 

 

 

KEEP WRITING FOCUS ON:

·        PROTAGONIST’S PROBLEMS, FIGHTING OBSTACLES AND FINAL GOAL

·        Use external action-character reaction units (instinctive, dilemma, decision)

·        Use active verbs, min adverbs/adjectives, pace sentences, concrete not abstract words use senses, show-don’t tell, eke info, intrigue, balance action/description/dialogue.

·        Use the senses, sight, sound, taste, touch, smell

·        Explore emotions – anger, fear, elation, sadness, love,hate, disgust, happiness, etc.

 

I fully expect some will say this is far too detailed and will inhibit creativity. I understand that view although I think this grid can be adapted and modified to suit individual tastes.

I tried a few more basic approaches such as this: it works.


Scene heading:  


Viewpoint character


Goal, obstacles, conflict?


What happens?


Using this tool, I can write a scene plan in a couple of minutes – I don’t write a plan for every scene at the outset, but get the key scenes planned and written first, then fill in the rest. My key scenes are the opening scene, the inciting incident or ‘spark’ that gets the story going, turning points where the main character hits the buffers and has to change tack, tough it out, tastes success, faces despair, and of course the climax – where good triumphs over evil – or maybe vice versa!

Here’s the scene plan for the opening scene in my cop Matt Proctor novel ‘IN IT FOR THE MONEY’. (See below)

EASYVIEW SCENE PLANNER

  1. 1. Bookmaker Harry McGeady’s murder in Birmingham betting shop

 

FOR EACH SCENES ASK; WRITE THIS SCENE PLAN BELOW – REVISE DURING WRITING
Why? PURPOSE: Show viewpoint character – who? Chasing goal which is? Grab attention, introduce cop Matt Proctor (likes a bet), start spine story, introduce problem for MP (McGeady’s murder), set tone, atmosphere.
What? ACTION: Through the main plot/sub-plots? Which in this scene are? Proctor collects winning bet, shop raided, cash handed over to two  balacala’d bikers, McGeady shot dead in face.

Senses: Red blood, salty, loud gunshot, tv blast, bike roars, cigarette smells,  p/mint gum, sphincter gone, cold floor, hot outside

Who? VIEWPOINT CHARACTER is? Show traits, develop character. Other characters?  DCI Matt Proctor
How? CONFLICT: What are the Internal/External obstacles to the main character’s goal? MP versus  gang, MP versus teller, MP v ‘demons’
Where? SETTING: Where are we? Define early in scene. Create atmosphere? Int. bookies, tv’s on, newspapers on wall, tinny speakers, tawdry
When? TIMELINE: Day, night, season, time since last scene?? Define early  June, summer, hot and sunny
Hook HOOK: Why read on? Entice, intrigue, engage  – dazzle reader MP’s good mood shattered, jolted, injured, angry, his snout murdered.
KEEP WRITING FOCUS ON:

·        PROTAGONIST’S PROBLEMS, FIGHTING OBSTACLES AND FINAL GOAL

·        Use external action-character reaction units (instinctive, dilemma, decision)

·        Use active verbs, min adverbs/adjectives, pace sentences, concrete not abstract words use senses, show-don’t tell, eke info, intrigue, balance action/description/dialogue.

·        Use the senses, sight, sound, taste, touch, smell

·        Explore emotions – anger, fear, elation, sadness, love,hate, disgust, happiness, etc.

 

I intend pulling these blogs together into a compact ‘how-to’ book provisionally called ‘The Quick Novel Writer’ and publish it later this year – possibly as a free giveaway. Website header collage straightPicMonkeyThanks and keep looking in, folks!

A ‘Coming-Of-Age’# Emotion-Stirring Novel  Set In Derry’s Springtown Camp# And The Donegal Hinterland

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The story of ‘Loving Jeanie’

Young teenage Derry boy Dan Kerrigan lives with his family in a corrugated tin Nissen hut in a deserted US Naval# base- Springtown Camp –  in the city of Derry, N.Ireland. Set in the late nineteen fifties, Dan’s family along with others flee in a mass, illegal squat from desperate, crowded housing conditions to equally dire accommodation, namely Springtown camp.

Dan learns all about life in Springtown camp, including friendship and loyalty – but he gets into trouble at school and with the police. He is sent away by his parents for the long school summer hols, to separate him from “bad company”.

In Donegal, he agrees to a request from his Auntie Mary to ‘look after’ his Down’s Syndrome cousin, Jeanie. However, trouble still follows Dan.

This ‘coming of age’ novel shows Dan bonding with his country cousin, Jeanie and the inherent danger of ‘making promises’ to adults – especially entering a ‘pact’.

An uplifting story about fighting adversity and developing character, maturing, and learning to give and receive love in a world where poverty and hardship, religion and politics and the spectre of past deeds are never far from the family’s door.

Springtown Camp. A part of Derry’s history.

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Springtown Camp WW2 US Naval Base

The Camp was a former US naval base comprising corrugated tin Nissen huts. The US Navy had a major presence in Derry and escorted convoys, attacked and later scuttled U-Boats as they fought in the Allied war effort. After the Americans vacated the camp in 1946, almost immediately hundreds of families, totalling thousands of people moved en masse to the Camp and began living in the tin huts as illegal squatters. The authorities didn’t like that. However, Derry Corporation took over the huts and used them to ease a post-war housing crisis The huts went into decline and became intolerable living habitations. The camp was finally demolished in 1967.

About the author

Tom Bryson hails from Derry and now lives in the historic village of Kinver in South Staffordshire wherCrime writer Tom Brysone he writes crime and thriller novels (and follows Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. – and Derry City).

“Loving Jeanie” is a departure from his normal crime/thriller genre and while fictional is based on life in Derry’s Springtown Camp and later Creggan, where he lived his boyhood and young adult years. Loving Jeanie is Tom’s eighth novel. He has also written short stories and one-act plays.

Tom Bryson says, ‘I wrote this book to give my readers a ‘good read’ but also to share insights into a period of recent history before it is forgotten.’

‘LOVING JEANIE’ is now available from Amazon as print or ebook. Eason’s and other bookshops have been approached to stock the book.

To see book details click here

Contact; Tom Bryson

Phone: 01384 872204 07451 449 807

Email: tombryson1@yahoo.com

Website: tombrysonwriter.wordpress.com