Soon, I will be venturing back to Europe to meet family which I have never met before. Budapest is an amazing city which I am really looking forward to returning to- slightly off the beaten path, with amazing architecture and a rich, but dark history, I think it has all the makings an author would ever need to become inspired. Once there, I will be visiting a small town called Zalaegerszeg where my family is from, and where they were all nearly killed during the 1956 Revolution. I’ve been thinking lately about writing a novel based around Hungary- from the talks I’ve had with people and the research I’ve done, it seems the Eastern European country is largely an unknown quantity.
When Budapest or Hungary is mentioned to somebody, they don’t know what to think- no pictures immediately form in their mind. The same cannot be said for France, Greece, Italy or America, which are all incredible countries with diverse icons and well-publicised events. If I said to you that my next novel is based in Rome, those who love Italy would likely take an interest, and those fascinated with the idea may want to read my book. But what I’d love to do is to innovate, invigorate and to a certain extent, take a risk (or as author’s like to put it- show the audience something they have never seen before). I want to offer my book and tell you it is based in Budapest, and have you curious as to what it could all mean. I love and relish the fact that you have absolutely no idea of what to expect, and know next to nothing about the dark horse city. I love that I can teach you something real, something brutally honest and reflective of the world around us today- and put it in novel form to spark your desires.
If an author develops worlds which readers can enter and explore, then I want to offer you ones that you can visit in real life. What I write is what I see, what I feel and what I have experienced- if I can package this into an interesting, innovative and original novel, so that at its conclusion it is impossible for you to compare to other reads, then essentially I remain on my own. No one knows what the future holds, but if you read a book about a place you have never heard about, then hopefully you will be encouraged to visit and make the book a real life experience, and a personal joy that you can keep close to your heart forever.
Authors have styles, and authors also have voices. Being an author and placing your words out into the world is one of the most selfless and giving things someone can do- because it is so personal, it has to come from me- I would never imitate someone or try to re-write the Bourne Identity. Lots of people have enjoyed Vagabond, and it means a lot to me because I didn’t create a formula for approval, validation or positive feedback; it means a lot to me because Vagabond- its style, words and voice, is me. I don’t think I’m striving to be the next “insert famous author here,” I’m striving to give readers a deeper look into themselves, and the world around them.
Authors should innovate, not imitate, and give those who love to read a reason to speak your name in passing conversation, to read your books, interact on social media (you can Like me to the right) and ultimately, feel good about discovering a new voice. Being a writer is about giving something special, unique and original to the world, and no one should forget that!
Vagabond is my debut novel, released as an eBook on both iTunes and Amazon in 32 countries. It became a #1 Bestseller on iTunes Australia and still remains in the ‘What’s Hot’ features list. If you’re interested in reading a sample, please click here
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