‘…a richly detailed and complex read that displays all the joys that wonderfully written prose can evoke. That this is a debut novel makes it all the more special and marks Geoffrey Gudgion as a very exciting writer to follow as his craft and storytelling…
Jack’s a war hero, haunted by his past. Or is he just haunted? A superbly written, fast-paced, ‘crossover’ novel between literary fiction and subtle horror, with characterisation worthy of Susan Hill and seascapes of a modern Conrad.’ Literary agent Ian Drury, Sheil Land Associates…
The first question an author is asked is “what do you write?” I’d love to give a crisp, widely-understood answer, but life doesn’t fit into a genre box, so why should literature?
‘Literary Fantasy’ is a little used label, but more defining than ‘Fantasy Fiction’. I write about worlds the reader will recognise. There may be a hint of the supernatural; just a whiff of sulphur amongst the roses.
And where next? The past is a distant country… Perhaps I’ll add ‘historical fantasy’ to my collection of labels.
Thoughts and milestones on the rambling road to publication. Mainly of interest to fellow writers.
Draca, the eponymous boat at the heart of Geoffrey Gudgion’s novel of that name, was inspired by a real, classic sailing boat, a Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter. Here’s the research and the inspiration behind the story.
DRACA had a great launch with crowdfunding publisher Unbound. This extract from the book is a glimpse into the character of George, a yachtswoman with attitude.