The idea for A Bold Deceiver dates back to 1998, shortly after the signing of the Good Friday or Belfast Agreement, when I had an idea whilst sitting in the back of a taxi, during a mini break in Brussels. Since leaving school, I had not undertaken any creative writing, and I had no idea whether I would be able to develop, what was, at best, a skeleton of a plot. I knew little more than the beginning and the end of the story and a few very sketchy ideas about what came between the two. However, I learnt very quickly that it is important to break down writing into bite size chunks – otherwise the task becomes too overwhelming. You start with chapter one and scene one and then just keep going. And a strange thing happens – you create characters, conjure them up in your mind and before you know it, they take on a life of their own.

It took me over 4 years to write the first draft. I would often plan the next scene in my head whilst commuting – appearing very curious to passing motorists, as I rehearsed the dialogue out loud. I would then burn the midnight oil, sat in front of my computer screen, desperately attempting to recall the morning's progress.

It then took another 2 years to complete what I, rather foolishly regarded as a workable manuscript, following many plot changes.

After numerous rejection letters from publishers and agents, including a fruitless period with an agent, I decided that, rather than leave the manuscript in my drawer unread, I would consider self publishing. The ability to do this, at relatively low cost has been transformed by print on demand technology, which allows the book to be stored as an electronic file, complete with cover, and printed, whenever an order is placed, reducing the need for large print runs.

Before I did so, I lent the manuscript to a number of trusted friends and family members and asked them the simple question – would I be wasting my time? Should I stick to the day job? Thankfully, each encouraged me to persevere.

It was then that the hard work really began – editing the manuscript, into the text you can purchase today. For this, I am grateful to my wife Jo for her many patient hours with a red pen, reading, and suggesting revisions to, the final manuscript, which was eventually published in the summer of 2008.

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Happy reading,

James

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