by Kay Jay
Genre: Psychological Suspense
Aidan Dunn is a man driven by money and power – he just doesn’t have any. What he does have - he thinks - is charm. He’s been honing his manipulation skills as a charity collector for years, earning enough commission to rent a bedsit and keep him in lager. But it’s time for bigger and better things. He needs a break or a meal ticket and rich, vulnerable looking Sophie Harris could be the answer.
The problem is, Sophie seems immune to his charms.
When she isn’t at work, she spends her time at a group which she won’t tell him about. Worse still, she won’t commit to seeing him. It’s infuriating and addictive, so when Sophie finally seems to melt and asks him to come with her to a Salvation program meeting, Aidan is putty in her hands.
Because Nobody's Perfect
At the meeting, ex-model front woman, Yvette Blake, and the program’s charismatic founder, doctor Jeffers, seem to be offering the route to money and power that Aidan seeks. All he has to do is climb the ladder and become a‘Savior’ with the chance of securing a lucrative ‘Salvation program’ franchise.
The problem is, it costs too much. Fortunately, Sophie is willing to pay for him. She needs recruits to progress in the program, so what has Aidan got to lose? Nothing but his sanity, his freedom and his chance of true love with fellow initiate, Lizzie.
When I'm not being a mum, working or writing, I am a keen runner and open water swimmer. I am also one below black belt in Tae Kwon Do (Korean karate), though I tend to only make it to one class a week with my son these days, so won't be making it to black belt anytime soon.
I had the idea for Dunn years ago, when some one I knew had a friend who got involved in a similar cult. I started writing the first incarnation of the novel, whilst teaching English in China, but came back and changed most of it after my son was born. The beginning and ending have changed, thanks to the guidance from an award winning author and playwright who has basically tutored me. My writing has developed because of his guidance and I am now really happy with dunn. It's ready to go. I hope you will enjoy it.
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What inspired you to write this book?
Discussed in longer posts
What can we expect from you in the future?
I have just started the second draft of a teenage adventure/fantasy, based on Celtic mythology, with an environmental message. It's a total departure from ‘Dunn’, and I really enjoyed writing the first draft this year. But now comes the dreaded second draft. Actually though, I'm a couple of chapters in and enjoying it so far. Maybe the second draft of ‘Dunn’ was hard work because I was learning to write, teaching full time and raising a baby when I started it. You never stop learning to write, but I think I find it easier now. I'm currently posting the first/second drafts for free on Wattpad, but I will just say, I write a lot of drafts to get things to a point I’m happy with, so it’s nowhere near perfect. I'm also considering a sequel/prequel to ‘Dunn’, and had started another dystopian novel before I got sucked in to the teenage adventure/fantasy … never let it be said that I start too many things at once.
Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?
I wrote the first draft of a very short sketch showing how Yvette Blake got involved in the ‘Salvation program’ and I am planning similar for some other key characters in ‘Dunn’. These will appear on my blog and website subscriptions when they’re done. So I’d better write them really.. 😂
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Finishing it. It’s been a lengthy process and I'm pleased with the end product. Writing it was actually quite mentally painful. My fantasy novel has been much more fun. I am, however, really pleased with ‘Dunn’ now. The story ending changed quite a lot in the latter drafts, but I can't say too much about that without dropping in spoilers. I'm going to put deleted scenes on my blog/website if and when I find them.
How did you come up with the title of your first novel?
It’s the surname of the main character and the subtitle comes from a chant that is used in the cult.
Who designed your book covers?
I came up with the idea, the designers at Matador/Troubador put the colours etc together
Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
Entirely imagined, which is probably quite fortunate as a lot of them are horrible. I have discussed the reasons for this in one of the longer blog posts I sent in for the tour.
Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reins of the story?
No Aidan had the reins. It’s about the only thing he has got the reins on, so I went with it 😂
Have you written any other books that are not published?
Yes, the first draft of a teenage adventure/fantasy based on Celtic mythology is up on Wattpad. I am currently working on the second draftcand uploading it there, and I started book 2 in the series. I think it will be a trilogy and I've already thought of lots of spinoffs….
What did you edit out of this book?
Loads, but most notably a journalist. In initial drafts, Aidan was trying to sell his story to a journalist … she didn’t fit in, though so I culled her mercilessly. If I can find the deleted scenes I will do a post on them. They’re lurking somewhere.
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