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From Ten Down To Three by George Roberts

Synopsis:

In 1986, James collapses after a game of football at school. The cause is diagnosed as a tumour on the brain. Although treatment is successful, James will never be the footballer he was. The story of James continues on into his thirties as he falls in love, starts a family and becomes, in a modest way, a hero.

In From Ten Down to Three George Roberts examines fate as events happen in James’s life that leave him questioning whether things are meant to be or are simply coincidence. A phone call made in error lead to him finding love. A bang on the head reveals the presence of the tumour. Saving a young woman’s life leads to an unexpected encounter.

Q&A:

Q) For the readers, can you talk us through your background and the synopsis of your new novel?

A) Hi, I was born in Kingston Upon Thames during the heatwave of 1976, my mother often reminds me of this as she was also carrying my twin brother. My mother was an ex police officer and my father was a prison officer. I lived in New Malden until the age of 11. In 1987 we all moved to Malvern, Worcestershire, this was my father was born, Malvern is the place that I still consider home.

From Ten Down To Three is partly fiction but a lot of it is based on my own life, my own thoughts, feelings and events, although this is told through the eyes of James, a fictional character.  For many years I had always been writing short stories, stories that would pop into my head at any given time. I may have seen something that was slightly out of the ordinary, this led to a trigger in my mind and would often evolve into an elaborate story as to why that man may have been walking along with one shoe, a woman may have been crying in the middle of town. I’d always think why?, why was she crying? I just love writing, but I love it even more when I get the burst that begins the start of a story, I really enjoy how the plots unfold in my mind. From Ten Down To Three looks into the feelings, thoughts and scenarios that James finds himself in. James is very inquisitive and is always looking for answers as to why things happen, happen to himself but also to others. After the discovery of a brain tumour these questions just got bigger and bigger, James starts to look into the events that led him to certain points in his life, he questions himself as to why they happened, if they hadn’t of happened where would he be now. The tumour was found by luck, luck that happened just before it was too late.  James starts to examine the possibility of fate, and he has a strong feeling that he is being helped by someone or something during the darker times in his life. James has a great and strong family who help him during the recovery after having the brain tumour removed. James, although going through this rough time deals with everything with his strong sense of humour, a humour that his whole family have, a humour that leads him to some hilarious moments, moments that follow him into his adulthood.

n 1986, James collapses after a game of football at school. The cause is diagnosed as a tumour on the brain. Although treatment is successful, James will never be the footballer he was. The story of James continues on into his thirties as he falls in love, starts a family and becomes, in a modest way, a hero.

In From Ten Down to Three George Roberts examines fate as events happen in James’s life that leave him questioning whether things are meant to be or are simply coincidence. A phone call made in error lead to him finding love. A bang on the head reveals the presence of the tumour. Saving a young woman’s life leads to an unexpected encounter.

From Ten Down to Three is a delightful read full of wit and a dash of tragedy.

Q) Can you talk us through the journey from idea to writing to publication?

A) The journey from writing for me was at times quite a difficult one, and very frustrating. I’d often read articles by authors that writing the actual book was the easy part, getting an agent or finding a publisher was the hard bit.  I now realise that this is very true.  So, the book was finished, well in my eyes it was. Right lets find an agent, this was tough. The rejections, the near misses and the criticism was not was I was expecting.  Eventually I had some great news, an agent had seen my work and decided to take me on.  I had the book edited and refined, all was looking great, where was my agent? I couldn’t get hold of him at times, the times that I did speak to him he seemed to be away with the fairies. He promised me many things, publication, book signings etc, nothing.  I made the choice that it was best that we went our separate ways, trouble is I could not get hold of him to let him know.  I eventually did but I had wasted nearly three years with him. 

All of this taught me much, and all of the trouble that I went through was for the best because I then found Austin Macauly, they took on my book and the process was so much smoother. The rejections in the early stages toughened me up and they also gave me the motivation to keep trying. I never gave up, it is not in my nature.  Nobody should ever give up on their dreams,  keep going and always remember that just because some people say it’s not good enough does not mean that they are right,  KEEP GOING!!

Q) What are your favourite authors and recommended reads?

A) Wow, I have so many.  I love Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes,  I could read these over and over again. I really enjoy Dan Browns work, The Davinci code was amazing, although the film….erm. Digital fortress is another favourite. You can probably tell that I like anything with a great plot with plenty of twists, these two authors are exceptional at delivering both. I did however enjoy the Harry Potter books, and I really love Stephen King also, his best work for me is The Green Mile, the film was great too. I would recommend any of these books to almost anyone.

I used to read a lot of Sherlock Holmes as a teenager actually. I loved Roald Dahls books, The BFG, THE TWITS and THE WITCHES, that’s just to name a few. It was around the time when I was reading these books that I would start to write short stories myself. Roald Dahl, I guess was probably my earliest recollection and my introduction to the world of books.

Q) What has been your favourite moment of being a published author?

A) OK, there have been quite a few moments, my first radio interview, my first book signing, the people I have met along the way, most have been lovely and so helpful.  The best moment for me, and I would think for most authors is that moment they get their finished book in their hands for the first time,  let me tell you, its an incredible feeling. All your hard work is there in the palm of your hands, it is actually quite an emotional moment really.

Q) Who has been your source of support/encouragement, throughout the writing process?

A) Throughout the whole process from writer to published author I can honestly say that my whole family have been so supportive,  it is however my wife and children that have had to put up with my frustrations, disappointments and the odd hours that I would find myself writing. My wife has been fantastic and so honest, if she doesn’t like something that I have done then she will tell me, she is good like that, 

Authors Links:
Twitter: @FTDTTGRoberts

*Huge Thanks to George Roberts for taking part in a Q&A on my blog.

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