To answer that question I would need to take you back to December 2012 and the day I started my first novel ‘The Final Straw’. The idea of writing a piece of fiction at all had come to me late in life; the plot line for a book that might materialise from that piece was still sketchy.
The premise of the story was that Colin Bailey was a loner, unloved and unwanted by his parents, bullied at school and with no friends whatsoever. This was the complete opposite of my own childhood; and I hope my three children would say the same! So I was not writing from experience.
Colin Bailey would grow into the sort of young man that we hear about all too often in the media, someone who lashes out against society after what they see as being dealt a losing hand. Colin lashes out against his parents and his tormentors from his school days and plans to deal similarly with all the others who have had a negative impact on his life through his teenage years and into adulthood.
‘The Final Straw’ told of Colin’s dysfunctional family and the effect his actions had on his later life. All the characters he came across were people we hear about every day. They included drug dealers, young thugs, and paedophiles on one side, with police officers struggling against a tide of ever-rising crime and an ineffective justice system on the other.
The list goes on; if you need to add to it just pick up a newspaper or turn on your television.
The sequel to that first novel came in ‘Unfinished Business’ which continued with the same theme; one man’s fight to mete out justice to those who either had never been caught and punished, or had got off far too lightly.
When I decided Colin Bailey was too interesting a character to leave at the bottom of the River Avon in Bath and that ‘The Phoenix’ should return in ‘The Olympus Project’ it was because the number of stories that such a character could be involved in was virtually endless!
There is certainly a fertile field for new plot lines! How many stories have you read in the past months regarding corrupt politicians, bonus greedy bankers, corrupt police officers and lawyers; terrorists of various persuasions. The good old-fashioned straightforward murder or bank robbery from the days of my youth has been relegated from the front pages these days!
In fact, every story line within my books is based on a REAL headline, a TRUE story. The character names have changed and the location has switched; the crucial difference from the real event is that in my books the criminals pay the FULL price.
Colin Bailey ‘The Phoenix’ is only a fictional character of course; perhaps the world would be a safer place if there really was an Olympus Project and agents like ‘The Phoenix’ removing the ‘bad guys’?
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