J S Law
OPERA HOUSE/SAT 1st OCTOBER 17.45 – 19.15
‘The Voice of a Thriller’ (with Louise Doughty and John Samuel)
James joined the Royal Navy in 1993 as an apprentice and went on to serve for twenty years, the majority spent in the Submarine Service. He rose through the ranks, taking a commission as an engineering officer in 2001, and serving as a Senior Engineer and Nuclear Reactor Plant Supervisor, where his responsibilities ranged from the safety and operation of the submarine’s nuclear power plant to hydraulic plants, fridges and toilets.
His final years in service were spent training future submariners in the role of Senior Lecturer in Nuclear Reactor Engineering, where he lectured and mentored future submarine operators of all ranks and rates.
Having written short stories and novels throughout his naval career, James completed an MA in Creative Writing at Portsmouth University shortly before leaving the navy in 2013, completing his debut novel, Tenacity, shortly afterwards.
Here James teams up with fellow thriller writers Louise Doughty and John Samuel for a discussion of the genre.
OPERA HOUSE / SATURDAY 1st OCTOBER / 17.45 – 19.15
‘The Voice of a Thriller’ (with Louise Doughty + J S Law)
John Samuel’s dark, wry and provocative morality tale What I Tell You in the Dark was published by Duckworth Press in 2015. In it, a nameless angel has been out of God’s favour since things went wrong with his last mission 2,000 years ago, when he unwittingly started the Christian Church. Of late he has been watching a business executive named Will, who has been trying in vain to expose his company’s shady dealings to the press.
In a moment of weakness and bravado, the angel decides to take over Will and finish the job. But his divine superiors are less than impressed and he soon finds himself facing the literal wrath of God…
Join John as he teams up with fellow thriller writers Louise Doughty and JS Law for a discussion on the genre.
ARTS CENTRE/SATURDAY OCTOBER 1st 10.00 – 11.30
‘Crime Fiction and Publishing versus Self-Publishing’
Alderney resident Rachel Abbott launched her first novel Only the Innocent in November 2011. The book was self-published in the UK through the Kindle Direct Publishing programme on Amazon, and reached the number 1 spot in the Kindle store just over three months later. It held its position for four weeks, and was the second highest selling self-published title in 2012. Since then, Rachel has gone on to write a further four best selling novels – The Back Road, Sleep Tight, Stranger Child and Nowhere Child (a novella).
In August 2015, Amazon confirmed that Rachel is the UK’s bestsellling independent author over the last five years. She is also listed at number 14 in the list of bestselling authors – both traditionally and independently published – over the same five year period.
Her fourth novel – Stranger Child – was the 11th bestselling novel in the first half of 2015 and the most borrowed book during that period. Her fifth book, Kill Me Again, is launched on 17th February 2016.
Join Rachel as she discusses the merits of self-publishing versus traditional routes with Executive Director of publishers Little, Brown, Antonia Hodgson.