My second post today is a guest post from author Iain Parke about what led him to writing.
Heavy Duty People
“…a fantastic anti-hero…positively Shakespearian in his moral complexity…If I could only recommend one book this year, it would be Heavy Duty People” – Vulpes Libris
Damage’s club has had an offer it can’t refuse, to patch over to join The Brethren MC.
But as the bikes rumble and roar across the wild Northern fells, what does this mean for Damage and his brothers? What choices will they have to make as they ride through the wind? What bloody oil stained history might it reawaken? And why are The Brethren making this offer?
Loyalty to his club and his brothers has been Damage’s life and route to wealth, but what happens when business becomes serious and brother starts killing brother?
From being in a gang to becoming a gangster, Heavy Duty People is the book that invented Biker Noir.
Get Carter meets Sons of Anarchy in this gritty British crime thriller, now in development for TV.
Down from the mountain
The question people often ask is, How did you become writer?
In many ways however I find it a difficult one to answer. In my mind I’ve always been a writer, right from school it’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and something I’ve always done ever since, in one way or another throughout my career.
I think more interesting questions are: When did start writing a novel? and more importantly, Why?
Because being a novel writer is fundamentally about writing, about actually sitting down and doing it, committing to giving up your evenings and weekends and every spare moment of your day to just write, to create your thousand or two thousand words a day – until at long last you crawl blinking into the light from behind your huge pile of paper with what you think is your first novel.
And I can pin down the exact moment I made that commitment.
For me it all started with what became a very drunken New Year’s Eve spent in a friend’s hut halfway up Kilimanjaro. We’d driven up early from Moshi in the foothills to visit for the holiday and since it was raining we had a lazy day of being pretty much stuck inside waiting to really crack into the Tusker beers and the barbie once our other friends had arrived. So having plonked myself into a chair, quite by chance I picked up a battered paperback and started to read – and I didn’t stop until I’d finished later that evening.
Sat there obliviously on the equator as the sun went down, I had been transported to a grey London world of spies, bureaucracy and cold war betrayal in the corridors of power and as I closed Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy all I can remember thinking in wonder and admiration was how did Le Carré do that? How had he, through words alone, created such an overwhelming and powerful atmosphere?
And then of course we all got very drunk.
Down from the mountain with a huge hangover the next day was a bit of a washout. We’d been invited to spend the day at another friend’s house and of course it was still raining so again I found myself with time to spare and another selection of tattered books to pass the day with.
This time it was Iain Bank’s Complicity which I devoured at a single sitting.
And this time I was left asking myself a different question. How did he construct such an elegant engrossing complex plot? How was he able to go about planning and creating such a structure with all its moving parts?
And as I thought about both books, I started to ask a question to myself.
Could I do that?
And my answer? There’s only one way to find out, so let’s try.
And that’s what led me directly to start working on my first novel while I was living in East Africa, The Liquidator, a contemporary thriller based around a young expat living in East Africa.
And the other question people ask is where do you get your ideas…?
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Iain Parke imports industrial quantities of Class A drugs, kills people and lies (a lot) for a living, being a British based crime fiction writer.
Iain became obsessed with motorcycles at an early age, taking a six hundred mile cross-country tour to Cornwall as soon as he bought a moped at the tender age of sixteen. After working at a London dispatch job delivering parcels on a motorcycle, he built his first chopper in his bedroom at university, undeterred by the fact that the workshop was upstairs.
Iain worked in insolvency and business restructuring in the UK and Africa, where he wrote his first thriller The Liquidator. The success of that propelled him to write a ‘biker lit’ trilogy about the Brethren Motorcycle Club, a ‘cult’ hit which has recently been optioned for television. Today Iain lives off the grid, high up on the North Pennines in Northumberland with his wife, dogs, and a garage full of motorcycle restoration projects.