Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Kevin And The Atomic Bomb: A New Release

Word Count: Approximately 90k

Ease of Reading: Easy.

Estimated reading time: Five to seven hours.

Genre: NA (19-25) black comedy; political; fantasy; 
contemporary; suspense; crime; society

Tagline: What would YOU do if you were the 
most powerful single human being alive?


 Kevin Taylor's got problems. 

His maintenance grant is being cut, the leader 
of his protest group has designs on Rachel 
(his far-too-pretty-for-him girlfriend), 
DC are retconning their universe again and the
 local bullies make a habit of standing on his specs.

To top it all, his beloved mum is sick and her long term
 busybody "companion" is constantly in his face.  

And all he really wants to do is play Doom.

Despatched to London along with his streetwise
 best friend, Ricky, his orders are to pick up two 
secret packages donated by a pan-national group 
of hardcore Euro-revolutionaries. A massive 
demonstration is planned and the group need
 these to raise the stakes.

When Verna -a mysterious and alluring Polish
 freedom fighter - donates a mysterious third
 package that no-one expects nor knows 
anything about, Kevin Taylor quickly comes 
to realise that his problems are only just beginning.  

And his life as he knows it, and the life of everyone
 around him, is about to change forever.

Other information:  The story takes place over ten
 days in the immediate aftermath of the British 
public's decision to leave the European Union 
and in the context of the consequently collapsing

Who may enjoy the book?:  Young people, 
young at heart, liberals, lefties, 
anti-Trumpers, Remainers/Remainers
 in need of therapy;  fans of comedy, 
black comedy and books with a 
multi-character narrative. Fans of suspense 
and thrills. Crime readers. Historians. People 
from Nottingham.

Who may not? Read the Amazon preview. 
Green Wizard is an exposition-free micro publisher. 

Warning: Minor incidences of strong language.

Like a Sample? Click here: Chapter Two

Interview time!

How long have you been a writer?

I have run my publishing company Green Wizard
 since 2012. I started writing fiction for publication
 in 2009, with my book Hollywood Shakedown.

Tell us about yourself?

I live on the fringes of Sherwood Forest in 
Great Britain, have one son and am fanatic
 about reading, comics, football 
(Notts County FC) and horse racing. 
I have seven books out there 
including my latest, Kevin And The Atomic Bomb.

Are the characters in your book important?

They are in all my books. My books are character
 rather than plot led. I look around Indie and see 
a massive focus on story, but I’m not necessarily
 part of that movement. You can pluck characters
 from Book A written by author B and transplant 
them to Book Y written by author X and you would
 achieve the same outcome. 

Most people say my books are original and
 innovative and they remember the characters.
 I like that. I worked as a psychologist for years
 as well as teaching psychology. That validates
 things a bit.

Tell us about your latest book and its 
characters, please.

In KATAB, two young men, part of a protest 
group, travel to London to bring back items 
for an upcoming demonstration, donated by
 an international group of revolutionaries. A 
third package is included and the boys – 
reluctant revolutionaries at best – bring
 it back anyway, despite reservations. Naturally,
 when one of them discovers the contents of the 
third package, they soon live to regret that decision.

My characters are mostly young and the story 
transpires from the perspective of the young. 
The book is aimed at 19-25 year olds and if I
 don’t reach them without it, I’ll use paid 
marketing to reach them. Never done that before,
 but the marketplace is exceptionally 
crowded at the moment. I might have to.

Why “Luke Rock”?

This new book, Kevin And The Atomic Bomb,
 is a huge departure for me. I usually write 
character pieces and contemporary fiction
 (with the odd gangster tale thrown in), but this 
is YA and New Adult. I want to attract the widest 
possible audience so I gave myself a new name.

 Please share some of the best memories
 of your childhood. 

It didn’t involve finding an atomic bomb in my mum’s 
garage, Brenda :-D

Whoosh. What a relief! Thanks for that info.
Were you always a writer?

Actually, for the last fifteen years yes. 
I write contracts and proposals to government 
bodies to download project funding to address 
problem areas, such as unemployment or, lately, 
reluctant reading. I design manuals and project 
guidance too. Fiction, however, is a recent thing.

I co-run a small social enterprise called Empleo
 which supports disadvantaged people in my city.
 I also lecture, train and support a popular Creative
 Writing project as well as trying to pay 
my way through the British horse racing season.

What is your biggest source of inspiration in life? 

My dad and brother (and my mum watching down 
on me from her cloud). The books of Martin Amis, 
great music, the sunsets in the morning, the sight
 of racehorses pelting towards the finishing line 
and my son, Matthew, without whom I wouldn’t
 be doing what I am doing now.

What hurts you most in this world? 

At the minute, Brexit. I am absolutely gutted, 
Brenda. My country has just committed suicide. 
Apart from that, I hate watching someone embarrass
 themselves. I once attempted to break up 
a wet tee shirt competition because a girl 
was clearly distressed by the whole thing. 
It caused some, um, bother, but it was worth it. 
I can still remember how I felt. 

I don’t like seeing stand-up comedians being heckled
 either or people walking out of gigs. I think 
Britain has embarrassed itself lately and I
 am walking around with a bag over my head – even 
more than normal, Brenda.

What a shame. You don't deserve that... 
What is your favorite genre and why? 

Contemporary fiction. I don’t do genre, which is 
why I am still living in a pokey flat rather than dining
 on freshly plucked truffles with my typing secretary
 in our converted cathedral. I adore Money by
 Martin Amis and just lately, have discovered
 the work of Tom McCarthy  - a book called Satin
 Island is my favourite book of the year. I am also
 heavily into comics and graphic novels.

What are your future plans? 

Three more books coming in 2017, including
 the sequel to Carla (a popular book of mine) 
and the sequel to The Night Porter
 (an award winner). The other is a surprise. 
If they sell, I’ll carry on. If not, I’ll get a
 job-type-job and leave all this behind in 2018. 
Except for one book, which I promised an 
old friend I would write back when I first started, 
I’ll be done. 

I’m not one of those obsessed writers who 
get palpitations if they don’t write eight
 thousand words a day, nor am I one of those
 people who can withstand a lifetime of rejection
 to achieve my goals. I can leave it behind and with
 one actual best seller (the football novel, 
Ultra Violence) and my proud association with you
 and your Punk Rocker series, I have achieved 
something with my life. I have also had a noted 
writer once say that Carla is the proudest possession
 on her bookshelf and that, Brenda, is something
 not every writer can boast. 

I’ll have no regrets. Je’ ne regrette bien
Apart from not being able to afford 
a converted cathedral to live in. And a 
racehorse…and a…

What top four things do you consider 
while writing a book? 

Climax. Character. Prose depth. Ease of reading.

What is your dream destination on Earth?   

Del Mar in August. Can I sleep in the shed
 at the bottom of your garden?

Anytime Mark. My garden is your garden! :-)
Are you reading anything right now?

I’ve just re-read Punk Rocker. Erin’s story 
is my favourite – she’s lovely that woman. 
Also liked Jim’s stuff – my, he’s angry. 
Proper punk. Am about to read Eden Baylee’s
 latest thriller, if she gets round to sending it to 
me as it isn’t available over here. I am also 
re-reading Satin Island.

What is a good book for others to read that
 you would convince others it is a MUST-READ?

Burnt Promises by Brenda Perlin. Makes 
me p**s myself with laughter every time. I’m
 surprised you didn’t have to go into a Witness 
Protection Programme, Bren.

You sure know how to humor me! Thank you.
Between the two ex’s one never knows. 
I might have to come across the pond near you one day. 

My Review

 rings eerily familiar considering what's 
happened in Great Britain just recently 
but this story is meant to be fantasy. Mostly,
 I suspect. 

This quirky, dramatic adventure pulls no punches,
 is hard hitting, mysterious and irresistibly 
entertaining. Hard to stop reading once
 I opened the book as I had no idea where 
I was being led but I became even more curious as
 I got further into the story. 

Kevin And The Atomic Bomb is both poignant and
 disturbing. Yet, there's just enough
 humor to lighten the mood. The author uses 
his imagination to string us along from start to
 finish. I enjoyed the unexpected turns and
 found this to be a smart,cunning story with
 an insightful spark.

The timing couldn't be better, as it cuts like a knife
 but at the same time there is hope for 
something better. A  clever account of what if?!

Quote ~

"He realizes. As he looks at the laptop screen,
 that no one talks about Hiroshima any more. 
He is unaware of anything other than the merest
 detail. In school, they didn't teach history like that, 
not like they used to, they taught social history and
 cross cultural history and the history of textiles 
and the history of printing. They taught American
 history (a lot) and European history (a bit)
 and political history and geo-history and 
the history of the feminist struggle, the
 emancipation movement. They didn't teach 
military history and they didn't teach what 
the Americans did to Hiroshima."

Mark Barry is a multi-genre writer and novelist. 
His work includes the minor cult hit Ultra Violence 
about football hooligans at a small Midlands 
football club and Carla, a quirky, dark, 
acclaimed romance with shades of Wuthering Heights. 

He is the co-designer of the innovative 
Brilliant Books project aimed at engaging the 
many, many reluctant readers amongst 
young people.. He has one son, Matt, on the
 brink of University, with whom he shares a 
passion for Notts County Football Club. 

Fast food, comics, music, reading, his friends
 on the Independent scene, and horse racing
 keep him interested and he detests the English
 Premier League, selfish, narcissistic people and
 bullies of all kinds. 

He is based in Nottingham and Southwell in 
the UK, the scene of most of his fiction.

Twitter   @Greenwizard62
Blog: Buy links and FOUR free chapters 


  1. Brenda, thanks for this. It's much appreciated - and thanks, on behalf of us all, for the work you do in Indie. You're an OC star!!! xx

    1. For you, its my pleasure. I'm just honored to get the time of day by such a rare talent. I must have done something right in my previous life. Maybe. ;-)

  2. Always enjoy your perspective on things literary, Brenda. I look forward to catching up with this latest from Green Wizard Publishing, home to one of my fave writers, Mark Barry!

    1. Appreciate that Lorraine. Always something a bit unconventional from this guy. Wouldn't expect anything less. Hope you enjoy Kevin!

  3. A fabulous interview you two - you have such a great rapport. And even though I'm not so young any more the new book sounds great :D

    1. You picked up on that? I found someone almost are quirky as me! Hahahaha. Nice to see you here. Enjoy the book!

  4. So this is what happens when I go off to write a bit, I miss terrific interviews like this one! Top stuff guys, I am loving the read and am nowhere near the YA or NA market so anyone coming this way I urge you to give it a go, whatever age. If you love great writing then you will love this. :-) back off to my garret now...