Bursting with Life!

Bursting with Life!

Vint is bursting with life. So much so the world around him ripples with energy and takes on unexpected forms. His parents and carers have convinced him his hallucinations are a sign of madness. Repression is their sole remedy, seeking to rein in anything that can over stimulate and spark an attack. He is a willing prisoner in a grey world, stripped of friends, colour, movement and music…not to mention good food. Only when he escapes with Tara and meets her friends does he realise that what he sees may not be hallucinations but rather a gift to transform the world. In the light of this new perspective, he begins to lose his fear of being mad and discovers the richness of the world. All would be well, were it not for the greed and rapaciousness of his carers who seek to get him back and exploit his abilities.

The draft of Bursting with Life! is complete. The aim is to publish the book before the end of 2021.

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Two million words… leading to a question. About completing the draft of Bursting with Life! and with it two million words in my novels. Included is an extract.

Weaving a painting into the story In my novel freely inspired by Vincent Van Gogh – Bursting with Life! – what could be more natural than to weave paintings into the tissue of the story. Read a n extract. 

Untethered from reality The wider untethering of life from reality is illustrated by Vint’s struggle in Bursting with Life! to break free of expert labels and find out who he really is.

Prologue: Bursting with Life! Read the draft prologue from the new novel.

A place for the wicked. Approaches to negativeness in novels. In the struggle to gain an audience, an increasing number of authors are tempted by the extreme. What is the impact of this escalation? And what place for restraint?