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Quote from Author Malcolm Pate: “I have been married to my wife Sue for forty-five years and have a daughter Lorna, who is a Dr. of Genetics, doing research on Diabetes. I am 71 and have been the Managing Director of several companies. I am at present the Chairman of Shropshire Council and have been involved in Local Government for over thirty years. I also run some internet companies selling antique oil lamps and nautical items. My hobbies have included scuba diving, golf, the guitar and rock collecting. My main leisure interest over the last thirty or so years has been sailing. I have a yacht moored in Cherbourg France and sail all over the Channel Islands, Normandy and Brittany. I have done over 150 Channel crossings in all weathers, including gales and thunder storms.”
What makes you proud to be a writer from Albrighton, Shropshire, England? I am proud to be a writer because it gives me the opportunity to create something that other people can enjoy.
What or who inspired you to become a writer? Jules Verne, John Wyndham and Steven King.
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? I start serious writing about a year ago.
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? I found my sense of adventure and my many interests inspired me to write about them, especially my many sailing experiences.
Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? The title was the first thing I thought about.
Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? My first book is a fictitious sea adventure, inspired by my love of Cornwall, my sailing adventures and my involvement in local politics. My second book of some 92,000 words, which is written but not yet proofed is a horror story.
How many published books do your have? I have one booked published ‘Voyage To The World's End’, which I am now trying to market and another "Jasper" ready to proof.
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? I love to create characters and situations. It gives me the ability to create entire life style environments.
Have you had a negative experience in your writing career? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? No, if I did not enjoy writing I would stop doing it.
What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? The publication of my first novel and seeing it in print. I also found it rewarding when people who read it, told me they enjoyed reading it.
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? If you feel you can do it, have a go.
Who is your favorite author? John Wyndham
Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? Over the years I had started to write several times, but never got past the first chapter, because of time constraints.
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Describe your sailing adventures: I have been caught out crossing the English Channel in a severe gale 9 and experienced thirty foot waves and extremely high winds. I have sailed down the Alderney race to Guernsey in a gale 8, when all my crew were ill and my main sail ripped in half. I have travelled from Alderney to a Jersey in a full blown thunder storm.
The story is set in the seventeenth century, but not as you have seen it before. David Penhallion a young Cornish man, together with an experienced sea captain and a wealthy budding politician have a series of adventures culminating in a stormy sea voyage, to a hellish place, where no one has ever been. A terrific adventure set in Cornwall, London and the depths of the southern ocean. It is a tale of love lost and found, of storms, mutiny, murder, revenge and treachery. Throughout the story, a strange apparition of an old seafarer, although terrifying, saves David from a horrible death on several occasions. The ship was close to being overwhelmed by the raging sea, when David saw the apparition, pointing with his crooked finger... They discovered a small island, deep in the southern ocean, which was alive with strange creatures. He was running for his life, for he could hear the deathly clicking behind him...
Genre: Fiction, Drama, Sea Adventure