International Author Ian Andrew will revisit Crewkerne Library in March, to launch his new book ‘Fall Guys’ and give a talk on publishing by demand. ‘Fall Guys’ is the latest novel in the Wright & Tran series, whose main character Kara hails from Crewkerne and drinks in the Royal Oak, when she is visiting her mother and father in the south Somerset market town. Ian previously visited Crewkerne in March last year when he launched ‘Flight Path’, the second in the Wright & Tran novels, following on from ‘Face Value’ at the library. He is pleased to be returning to Crewkerne Library on Tuesday March 21st at 2 pm, to launch the next book in his series of detective novels.

When asked why he favours Crewkerne, Ian said: “My pen name is Ian Andrew but my actual surname is Hooper. I discovered many year ago that my great grandfather left from the family home in Hermitage Street back in the late 1800s and set off for Dorchester. A career in the Army saw him land up in Ireland in the early 1900s, via the Boer War. He met and married my great grandmother and the rest as one would say is history.”

Ian was born in Northern Ireland. He is an ex RAF Intelligence Officer who now lives in Australia, where he is a successful independently published author. “Previously there were two ways to be published,” he said. “The traditional way, when one of the big publishing houses such as Penguin and Faber & Faber discovered you, transforming your manuscript into a book and the other way which became known as Vanity publishing. The first way was extremely difficult to break into with famous authors like Agatha Christie and modern masters like J K Rowling receiving rejection after rejection, before breaking through the barrier, which many say involves an extraordinary amount of luck.

“In Vanity publishing, the author has to pay for their book to be published and then has to try and sell it. Independent Publishing presents a third way, where authors can use companies such as Create Space, to independently manage the whole process for no set-up or printing costs. I elected to choose this way of publishing. It is a cathartic and wonderfully enriching process. As a secondary task, I now run workshops to assist would be authors to do the same.”

Ian’s book launch of ‘Fall Guys’ – a gripping story that sees the main protagonists Kara and Tien, thrust into a world of double dealing and espionage when British weapons fall into the wrong hands – at Crewkerne Library and his talk on publishing by demand is free to attend. It will be the first port of call in his 2017 UK Book Tour, which will also see him holding similar literary events in Cambridge and in London, where he will be attending the London Book Fair. Ian said: ” Crewkerne is the kick-off event in my UK tour and the organisation for the day is in no small part down to the team at the library, so thank you to them. Also a huge thank you to Ana at Crewkerne Headlines And Topics, who so generously stepped in to assist me. I’m really looking forward to the afternoon and when it’s over, I might just head off to Kara’s local for a swift pint.”

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