We are pleased to introduce Ian K Pulham; one of our new authors at Eventispress. This is Ian’s introduction in his own words, because they say everything about a new writer’s motivation to write a novel and his dream to have it published:
I was with Dad, walking back to his bungalow, my childhood home, one Sunday many years ago. We had been to ‘The Swan’ for a couple of drinks. Mum was preparing Sunday lunch. His retirement was approaching, and I asked him if he had any plans. Out of the blue he told me he was thinking of writing a book. It was absolutely not what I was expecting him to say, however I thought that it was an excellent idea and I told him so. Wow, that would be something!
Dad passed away a few years back, approaching the grand old age of ninety-two. Mum had died some years earlier. His life had never really been the same after her passing. He never wrote that book.
About a year after Dad’s passing, an idea for a story started growing in my head. I had never written a novel before. I’d never had the seed that blossoms into a complex narrative develop in my thoughts. Nothing even close to that really.
Pretty soon I had the whole story: beginning, middle and ending. When I began writing it down, transferring my subconscious script into written word was relatively straightforward. It was like transcribing a remembered verse or song. All the detail was already there for me. I had help from good people getting some of the words and punctuation right, but the story more or less stayed the same.
I’ve thought about that particular conversation with Dad a lot since I started all this.
I like to think Mum and Dad would have enjoyed my book.
I think it would have made them laugh.
Thank you so much Ian for sharing that insight into your motivation to write!
Ian (officially) joined the Eventispress family of authors in the autumn of 2022, when we approved his manuscript, but he was introduced to us several years ago by email through Diana and Ian’s mutual ex college colleague. We have worked with him through the last couple of years in his journey to bring his work to the point where we could scrutinize it and advise him on the next step. Included along the way was how to go through a series of personal edits; find beta readers and act on their comments and then finding an editor. One of our internal team has given his novel the final polish.
First we will be publishing his short story, Radical Action’ early in the New Year. More about Ian K Pulham shortly.