Behind the Words allowed me the opportunity to interview fellow artists as to how they go about creating characters, developing scenes, telling stories, adding substance to a narrative flow and other areas of creative interest – the questions asked were strongly related to satisfying my inquisitive mind.
Since Distance was released in 2010, I have been working towards a new novella that is vastly removed from the landscape of the North-West inhabited by the local characters and a storyline centred upon the transgression from one phase of the lifecycle into the next. Distance was always going to be the starting point of my literary career.
The Jigsaw Element has been influenced by writers including J.M. Coetzee Disgrace – where the central character knows that he is doing wrong but is compelled to do wrong. The consequences of his actions were always an afterthought to the event. The writing of Louis-Ferdinand Celine has set the benchmark (along with Henry Miller) with characters written in a first-person narrative that bursts forth from the page in leaps and bounds – his style is addictive to say the least. My first taste of this unique author was Journey to the End of the Night followed by Death on the Instalment Plan. Both works left me spellbound as to how one can tell a rambling narrative over such a voluptuous work. If the central character is intriguing, then there is the chance that the narrative has legs. And contemporary writers such as Richard Ford, Cormac McCarthy, David Ireland dazzled me with their capacity to capture ‘ordinariness’ and make it sound interesting.
The blurb for The Jigsaw Element;
In a post-apocalyptic landscape, one man searches for redemption.
Spencer is an Element, a decorated Military assassin who failed to achieve his last mission – Target Annabel O’Shantee – future leader of Cheerlong City. Seeking refuge in Malburn City under the disguise of an Insurance Investigator, Spencer is slowly drawn into the deceitful world of the Seahorse Clans as they battle for supremacy during the period of upcoming turmoil. As a malfunctioning Element, Spencer survives with no loyalty to those responsible for his creation. His one desire is to remove the computer chip that connects his thoughts to his unknown master. The narrative jigsaw moves from a disturbing reality to reliving past fragments to establish his role in the uprising. Spencer questions his life as a mannequin, one who is controlled by others.
The Jigsaw Element is a distorted future noir that scans the notion of what is the truth of identity.
Available at http://www.amazon.com – click on the link: The Jigsaw Element