Can Everton Jones find out how his father stole Emperor Bokassa’s diamonds and, more importantly, where he hid them; before the world and his brother get there first?
Click on the picture link in the sidebar to read an extract of my first novel, which was published by Paradise Press in August 2012.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Bokassa’s Last Apostle SHORTLISTED for a major literary prize!

I’ve been too busy getting press-releases out to share this until now, but Bokassa’s Last Apostle has just made the shortlist for the prestigious Lambda Literary Awards book competition in the USA in the ‘Gay Mystery’ category!

OK, so there were only 20 entrants in that category and, yes, I took one look at the (much longer) list of ‘LGBT debut fiction’ contestants, one of which was published by Penguin and ran a mile. But the category I entered for was for ESTABLISHED authors, some with many titles to their name. So I am very pleased to have some recognition at last for all my work.

Don’t get me wrong, the story is plotted to death and the dénouement doesn’t come until the penultimate chapter. It definitley qualified as a ‘mystery’. But it wasn’t quite in the same vain as the other entrants, which were for the most part more muscular ‘cop’ stories. The two American character’s dialogue in my book is phoneticised, which could have pissed off US judges. Seemingly not! I took great care to make Kash’s dialogue sound like he was from Atlanta and Oliver’s dialogue sound like he was from Texas. Looks like I succeeded. Fuck! It took me long enough to work out how to do it! Then the setting is in London and there is dialogue in French AND Polari (which the US judges might not know about). It was altogether a difficult pill for them to swallow. But swallow they did!

I have no illusions about my chances, shortlisting was all I was hopeful of. But the competition is less linear than my book. Heck, It's a ‘mystery’ category. I paced my story like a thriller. Only time will tell.

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