Life Of A Nerdish Mum is playing host to Rob Ashman today as part of the blog tour for latest release, In Your Name! Rob talks about just how long it took him to write that all important first book, but first here is the synopsis of In Your Name.
In Your Name
Police detective Lucas has become consumed with tracking down the deranged killer, known as Mechanic, and bringing the murderer to justice. Nothing else matters, not even his wife. His marriage is falling apart.
Mechanic has not killed for eight months and the trail has gone cold, then Lucas receives a terrifying letter. In a desperate bid to reignite the case, he tries to convince his boss to mount an operation in Baton Rouge where the letter was posted.
But was the letter really sent by Mechanic?
Not knowing where to turn, with his marriage in turmoil and his career on the rocks, Lucas begins to spiral out of control.
When Mechanic meets the head of a drug smuggling cartel the situation takes a grave turn.
Meanwhile, a bizarre set of murders are taking place in Vegas and Detective Rebecca Moran is put on the case. She will stop at nothing to make a name for herself.
Is there a link between the murders and Mechanic?
Can Lucas apprehend the killer this time or will Mechanic remain one step ahead?
Guest Post - How long did it take!
It took me 24 years to write my first book. Yes, you read that correctly. The story was stuck in my head for all that time and it drove my wife around the bend.
I only got serious about writing when my dad got cancer. It was a particularly aggressive illness so I gave up work for three months to look after him and my mum. Writing Those That Remain was my coping mechanism. After he died and I finished it, my wife and daughters read the book and said, ‘This is really good, you need to do something with it and besides the story isn’t finished.’
Now, like most married men, I always listen to my wife, but when she said ‘You need to do something with this,’ what I heard was ‘Why don’t you quit your job and write.’ Though I’m sure in retrospect that is not quite what she meant. However, not being one for half measures, I got myself made redundant, set myself up as self-employed so I could write more and four years later I had written the Mechanic trilogy.
I never set out to write a trilogy and would probably not write one again. My wife reckons the only reason it turned out that way was due to a catastrophic lack of planning on my part – as usual she’s probably right.
About The Author
Rob is married to Karen with two grown up daughters. He is originally from South Wales and after moving around with work settled in North Lincolnshire where he’s spent the last twenty-two years.
Like all good welsh valley boys Rob worked for the National Coal Board after leaving school at sixteen and went to University at the tender age of twenty-three when the pit closures began to bite. Since then he’s worked in a variety of manufacturing and consulting roles both in the UK and abroad.
It took Rob twenty-four years to write his first book. He only became serious about writing it when his dad got cancer. It was an aggressive illness and Rob gave up work for three months to look after him and his mum. Writing Those That Remain became his coping mechanism. After he wrote the book his family encouraged him to continue, so not being one for half measures, Rob got himself made redundant, went self-employed so he could devote more time to writing and four years later the Mechanic Trilogy is the result.
When he is not writing, Rob is a frustrated chef with a liking for beer and prosecco, and is known for occasional outbreaks of dancing.
Rob is delighted that all three books in the Mechanic Trilogy will be published with Bloodhound Books in 2017.
Those That Remain – 22 June
In Your Name – 13 July
Pay The Penance – 8 August
Connect With Rob Ashman
Twitter - @RobAshmanAuthor
Website - www.robashman.com
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