Below is the ‘official press release’ for Max & Anna, my latest book.
‘From rising star James Churchill, author of D.S Proctor & the ‘Dark Legend’ series comes a brand new and exciting novel, a unique and light hearted tale that is sure to bring a smile to even the sourest of faces. Max & Anna is the story of two people and the time they spend together in the mountains North Wales. Anna is a princess on the run from the men who deposed her family and Max is the man who has been assigned to protect her. As Max shows Anna around the land he calls home this unlikely pair find themselves becoming firm friends but both of them remain unaware of the danger that is coming for them…
This is a book that is something different, like nothing you’ve ever read before. Equally funny and touching, it is packed from cover to cover with a rich cast of loveable characters; The snobbish but totally endearing Anna, the charming Earl of Beddgelert, wise Gyddyn the leader of a mountain clan… Max & Anna brings the reader into a whole new world of majestic mountains, ancient traditions and age old rivalries and is certain, one day, to be hailed as a classic.
Max & Anna is available for download from
Amazon Kindle Store: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HF31RWY‘
& coming soon in a print version from create space!
Did I have any clue, when the optician told me that my eyesight was forty percent worse than the last time I had been tested, that it would lead to this? One day a week away from the computer meant that I was bored… That in turn meant that a few months later I had two notebooks filled with a story that was interesting and not only different from anything I had written before, but so, so different to anything else currently being written by anyone anywhere. I could tell, as I copied my handwritten pages onto the computer and my own words stared back at me that I had written something special, something so extraordinary that it couldn’t be kept under wraps or confined to my small readership.
So naturally, the next thing to do was take a leap into the world of traditional publishing, something I was doing anyway. Then I almost started singing ‘Close Every Door To Me’ from Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. They didn’t want it. Special? Pah! Different? Doesn’t matter. Extraordinary? To myself maybe but not to them. Everybody who I sent it to (and I sent it to a lot of people) came back to me and said ‘this isn’t for us.’ The phrase ‘not confident enough’ or ‘not passionate enough’ was thrown back at me an awful lot. It was sad, it was disheartening. Perhaps this really wasn’t a special book after all.
Time usually mutes a person’s opinion on something, especially when they go back to it later on. Not this time. As I started to reluctantly pummel the manuscript into an e-format it struck me once more how good this book really was. Not perfect by a long chalk… There was more work to do on it… But certainly very different, certainly unique and certainly worth letting the world know about. How could you not fall in love with this book, I wondered? I know I’m more than a bit biased but I can really see people falling for this book by the hundreds.
So, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, I give you Max & Anna- An old fashioned story of two people, one a princess on the run from revolutionaries, the other the man assigned to be her protector, thrown together into friendship and exploring the mountains of North Wales. I could tell you that it’s beautiful, poetic, reiterate all the stuff I say above about how it’s all unique and different and how you’ll fall in love with it… But why don’t I just let the book speak for itself? Maybe that’s the best thing.
You can find it on Amazon-
as well as worldwide.
There’s also an early draft extract on here (a bit different to the printed version) which includes all of chapter 4 rather than the few paragraphs of the Amazon preview if you want to read a bit more before purchasing. I’ll be posting more stuff on it over the next few days and weeks as well as some stuff concerning my other books so look out for that.
We begin with a thought: The train station around the corner… Is it as abandoned as I think it is or do trains still stop there every once in a while? I’ve never considered it before now as I thought that trains never stopped there but it turns out that once an hour you can get a direct train into Liverpool and the returns aren’t too infrequent either. Now I think to myself that this is very interesting. This station is within walking distance so catching the train from here means no expensive bus ticket on top of the train ticket. I can also get into the city up to half an hour quicker than before. This opens up a whole raft of new possibilities. If this train station proves its worth then it will open up a whole raft of new adventures. Without having to wait for busses I’ll be able to get to a whole load of new places in a reasonable time and it will be no more expensive than any of my previous short trips. I’ll also be in reach of a convenient cinema for the first time in my life, EVER! But we’ll have to see about those adventures and cinema trips some other time as first I’m going to get all cultural!
Right. This is a weird one. You know those magazine interview type things where people sit in a café or somewhere and chat? Well I thought I’d have a go at writing one… But I had nobody to interview… Except for myself… But that wouldn’t really work. You can’t interview yourself! You need somebody to interview you… Which I didn’t have either. So how to absolve these two problems? Simple… Write it as if somebody was interviewing me! Who though? The idea of using one of my own characters appealed to me. It was a suitably off-kilter idea and I thought it might make for something a bit more unusual. So this is me, writing as one of my own characters, interviewing myself… Continue reading