Robert has no friends. His mother invited herself to stay with him for a few months and has never left. He hates his job and is beginning to wonder what life REALLY has in store for him. But his life is about to change in a shocking case of mistaken identity, proving that friends and love can be found in the most unlikely of places…
The Making of Robert Moony is marketed as an “uplifting” book and it lives up to its reputation. A short, comedic tale of Robert, bullied mercilessly at school, bored in his dead-end caretaker job and a slave to the whims of his elderly mother who has moved in and shows no signs of leaving. Robert does not stand up for himself and finds himself unable to reap any joy from his life – wishing it would end. Suddenly, when walking to the shop to get some more supplies for his mother, Robert is mistaken for the criminal who lives in the flat above him by a man wearing a pig mask. Kidnapped and tied up in the back of a van; Robert’s mundane life is soon transformed into a saga worthy of a fast and furious screenplay.
Robert soon becomes caught up in the world of his kidnapper Brett, whose brother owes a lot of money to a gangster who wants the debt collected. Robert – not ready to go back to his mundane existence – helps Brett on his quest to escape the gangsters and persuade his brother to pay up before they all end up dead! The story is fast-paced and moves swiftly through the action and adventures of Robert and Brett. We feel a deep sense of pride as Robert develops and blossoms in confidence through his interactions with Brett and Brett’s family, transforming him from a shrinking violet into a man ready to take back control of his life. A heart-warming story for those days when you want to feel good about the possibility of life.
I couldn’t stop writing when I was a nipper. I wrote wherever my pen could make its mark and especially at the back of my school exercise books. The lady who taught maths, in junior school, even asked if I wanted more paper to write on!
But life has a way of taking over and guiding you down its own path. Hence my initial foray into writing was dampened by society’s usual requirements of getting married and working to pay the mortgage, whereby I simply didn’t have the time to sit, tapping away at my computer to my heart’s content. But when I managed to start writing again in 2008; when publishers were telling me they didn’t want any more animal fiction, I self-published 6 children’s books – 5 animal adventures, which I sold at Durrell’s Jersey Zoo – and I had a book signing at Waterstones with a novella for young girls, Maisie’s Dream. All still for sale on Kindle.
With my children’s books localised French / Jersey themes, I was invited by 3 of the primary schools here and on the tiny channel island of Herm to give talks to the school children, about where I found the inspiration for my stories.
Since becoming self-employed, I’ve been able to step back and concentrate on writing adult fiction. Avon, Harper Collins published my debut book, The Woman Who Kept Everything – about an elderly lady who rediscovers what life has to offer after an electrical fault in her house threatens a fire, followed by The Afternoon Tea Club – about 4 very different people who meet at a community afternoon tea club and put their worlds to right, after becoming friends.
During 2020 and with PLENTY of time to spare, I wrote 2 new books, which I self-published this year on Kindle – both under adult fiction:
The Making of Robert Moony – an unusual, funny, heart-felt tale about a 27 yr old bullied man who finally finds love and acceptance in life, after he is kidnapped by mistake
County Lines Road – about 2 teenagers whose lives are turned upside down when a joyride goes horribly wrong and they are dragged away to a gang-house by drugs dealers and have to find a way to escape as well as protecting their families from the gang’s threat of retaliation.
All my books are always quirky, uplifting tales about new beginnings and have happy endings!
A copy was gifted for an honest review as part of a Blog Tour.