Writing is a strange vocation, you have an idea then sit down and put pen to paper (or in my case fingers to keyboard) and let the ideas flow. Then comes a reading of your writing, followed by "did I really say that or that does not make sense" and so it goes on, tweaking, changing, adding, subtracting until you have something that is not only readable but makes sense - then you write the next chapter.......
You then publish it on Kindle - because you are not a celeb or footballer or chef so can't find an agent or publisher - where you have to be your own editor etc., and hope that someone will find it amongst the thousands of other books and buy a copy. However, it seems that Kindle have lost sight of their original idea and print anything so that you can end up with three different stories by three different authors but with the same title - not a good idea.
So I and some friends found another publisher and the help we have received is very good. I have placed the following books with them and you can buy them by following these links:-
ADULT BOOK S by Michael Douglas Bosc
A Soldiers Wind is under https://www.books2read.com/u/4XorMv
CHILDRENS BOOKS by Jason D'ebre
Clearing in the Forest https://www.books2read.com/u/4EDKDM
Peaceful Land https://www.books2read.com/u/bzajBD
You can also buy these in paperback from Create a Space delivery is very quick
A NEW PUBLISHER
I am on Jason Dignans list of AWESOME AUTHORS
A Plymouth Story
This is how I feel when a new book hits me. A Plymouth Story had been wandering around for some while, here and there I wrote things down but nothing had fallen into place nothing solid or tangible, just odd ideas and feelings. Then one day from out of nowhere something nudges you or pops into your head and there it is, the story.
I have been used to characters dictating the way things should go so it was a bit of a shock when A Plymouth Story finally popped up as it had been hanging around in the background, always there but not quite ready. Strangely enough it wasn't the boats in the marina where we went for coffee on a Sunday evening, or even the sea that was the trigger, it was this picture of the sun just coming up over the distant mountains that did it. As I stood there watching dawn come tumbling across the valley, I remembered times when walking the dog I would stand on the beach and watch the sun rising over the horizon. A sight that always made me think of sailing ships seeing a new day or perhaps sighting the enemy, of sailors watching the sun slowly climbing up the sky forecasting a warm day . Little did I think as I stood there that one day it would inspire me to write a story.
I have always been interested in sailing ships and their history, perhaps it was the fact my birthday is on Trafalgar day, maybe a bit of Nelson got me, who knows. What I do know is that my thirst for historical facts and figures, plus battles won and lost, fights, skirmishes, sneaky goings on and the personal history of those in charge has driven me to acquire a small library of books and information. Visits to museums, Portsmouth docks, the Victory and Warrior all contributed to my knowledge and writing. My first attempt at this was the Jason Watson series. A look at the social side of life the things that were and weren't acceptable, how the rich and powerful lived and carried on treading a line that was outwardly correct but inwardly often immoral. But it was not totally what I was after.
I wanted a personal story of life aboard ship for the ordinary sailor. Most men were pressed into the service or sent from prisons. So this is where I started from no rich parents to provide money and a step on the ladder, just an ordinary man who lived and worked on land. On this basis I began to form the character of James.
I started by imagining Plymouth in the 1700's and looking at a street It's partially cobbled road with houses facing each other almost touching. There was no street lighting and they smelt, but they all led down towards the jetty and sea wall. Horses pulling carts over straw covered streets to try deadening the noise. Boys or men pulling hand carts along with sea chests on them on their way to an inn, people selling goods or just calling out to friends. Into this comes a chandlers clerk, hardworking and honest, but at the beck and call of a mother who wallowed in her ill-health demanding this and that, a man with no life of his own. Watch as on his way to the apothecary for more medicine he is knocked on the head. Be there when he wakes up far out to sea onboard the Frigate Amazon. This is a story of adventure, life onboard the Amazon seems strange to this man, but James has a thirst for learning, now you have the beginning of an adventure.
A Plymouth Story is on Kindle and Kindle prime and in paperback from Createspace
(c) Michael Douglas Bosc .