As I have said before, one of the best parts of this whole writing lark is the opportunity it provides to meet people you otherwise might not have. Many become regular acquaintances, one or two, I have to admit, become sworn enemies, but some – far more than I might have imagined – become genuinely good friends.
Rick Hickling, who I’d like to introduce you to today, is now one such person. Over to you, Rick:
I just felt that this was probably the most appropriate time to wish my Twitter buddy, Gary Murning, the biggest congratulations on the first anniversary of the release of his first publication If I Never.
Without Twitter I’m sure the book would have been brought to my attention eventually, but the fact that I actually got to interact with the author during the writing stages and also through the publication of the book, made it feel like I was somehow involved.
The book itself was a fantastic read and was finished in a couple of afternoons reading, as it always kept that ‘just need to see what happens next’ feel to it. There was also, I found, an undercurrent of comedy involved, especially with the main male and female characters and their respective medical conditions. I found myself chuckling to myself as the story unfolded. Don’t get me wrong, this was by no means a quick, laugh a minute, pass the time read. It was informative, well rounded and had a very clever, in-depth feel to it throughout, with the characters personalities being much thought about pre-writing. It is definitely a book you need to see in your personal library and I found, after a second read, you find more and more things you like about the book.
Although I haven’t, as yet, had the opportunity to meet the man himself, I’ve had many a cyber-chat with the guy and was privileged to have him talk me through a lot of what he’s been doing with the new novel. A smashing bloke who deserves to have as much success as possible with all his ventures for the future.
All the best Gary and I await the next instalment with great anticipation.
Two sample chapters of If I Never can be read here.
To buy your copy of If I Never, please click here.
Also, UK Kindle users can now buy If I Never here. (US Kindle users here.)
© 2010 Gary William Murning and Gregg Fraley