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Making Money and Mirth from The Dovetails Hotel

TAKING A BREAK from loss-making real historical research and publishing, Michael Walsh turned to penning novels. He believes fiction based on real-life holds out far more promise of a far wider readership.

Michael, who now has 64 titles with his name on the book covers, says ‘it is early days as I am otherwise branded. I have yet to become recognised as a novelist. Book buyers aren’t influenced by book titles; it’s the name on the cover they go for. I was until recently an unknown as a writer of good fiction but I am making up for the shortfall fast.

He says that his serious historical works once accounted for 95 per cent of his book sales. He adds that as this is a niche market his income from royalties, which he donated to charity anyway, were minimal.

The Dovetails, his latest novel shows signs of being a best-seller. Michael says, ‘I am not at all driven by dreams of wealth; I simply need financial security from a predictable income. This was missing from my life.

‘I have to add that creating storylines and characters as a writing experience is far more pleasurable.

The story of The Dovetails (Hotel) is based on the love, social and business lives of hotel owners, Leonora and Felicity assisted by residential handyman Gareth or randy-man as Felicity describes the loveable Lothario.

Michael smiles, ‘Whilst creating these delightful people I became a Carlo Collodi. The Italian novelist created the imaginary Pinocchio, who then became a real person. As I penned the novel, Gareth, Leonora and Felicity became real people just as Pinocchio had become real to Geppetto, Pinocchio’s woodcarver creator.

‘I was always impatient to return to writing their story. You see, somewhere, The Dovetails Hotel chronicle became less my story than their story. As my pen did its work, Leonora, Felicity and Gareth seemed to take over and it became their story rather than mine.

My imaginary friends became almost as real and as endearing as my family. So much so that I even considered paying tribute to them in the dedication rather than the foreword. I became less of a creator and more of an observer. As does a copyist, I allowed their ghosts to direct my writing.

I was downhearted on reaching the end of their story as Gareth, Leonora and Felicity prepared to leave. Sorrowfully, I asked, ‘will we see each other again?’

Leonora smiled, ‘it depends. Perhaps we will.’

‘I hope so,’ whispered Felicity, who I sometimes referred to as Facility. ‘You told our story and you told it as I would have had if I been a writer.

Turning to Gareth, my eyes told his story and he read my heart as I took his hand.

‘I will miss you as you disappear into the ether of my imagination, my good friend. Will I see you again, I asked,’ as I firmly took his hand.

‘Ask your imagination,’ he smiled. ‘She has the answer.’

But, what is The Dovetails all about? A risqué romp in out and under the sheets sensually and provocatively describes the most forbidden of romantic relationships, the ménage a trois. The Dovetails Hotel is owned and managed by comely and beguiling divorcees, Leonora and Felicity.

After Felicity meets blind date Gareth on a mutually arranged tour of Europe, the engaging Jack o’ all Maids is subsequently taken on as the hotel’s resident repairman.

As the ménage a deux converts into a ménage a trois the most eyebrow-raising interludes are accompanied by risqué humour, girl-talk, dilemmas, compromises, lurid sex, romance, and at times pathos.

THE DOVETAILS Michael Walsh Amazon Books is a page-turning good read filled with entertaining dialogue, pathos, despair, bawdiness, ribald humour and real-life between the book sheets.

SEX FEST AT TIFFANY’S Michael Walsh is the sequel to or perhaps better described as the carry on from The Dovetails Hotel romantic comedy.

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MICHAEL WALSH is a journalist, broadcaster and the author of RISE OF THE SUN WHEELEUROPE ARISE TROTSKY’S WHITE NEGROESMEGACAUST,  DEATH OF A CITYWITNESS TO HISTORY, THE BUSINESS BOOSTERTHE FIFTH COLUMN VOLUME I and IIFOR THOSE WHO CANNOT SPEAKIMMORTAL BELOVEDTHE ALL LIES INVASIONINSPIRE A NATION Volume IINSPIRE A NATION Volume II , SLAUGHTER OF A DYNASTY , REICH AND WRONG,  THE RED BRIGANDSRANSACKING THE REICH ,    SCULPTURES OF THE THIRD RIECH: ARNO BREKER AND REICH SCULPTORS  SCULPTURES OF THE THIRD RIECH:  JOSEF THORAK AND REICH SCULPTORS ,   The Exiled Duke Romanov Who Turned Desert Into Paradise , THE DOVETAILS , SEX FEST AT TIFFANY’S  and other book titles. These illustrated best-selling books are essential for the libraries of informed readers.

MICHAEL WALSH NOVELS

The revenge of a predator is a city-vigilante epic better than Death Wish A LEOPARD IN LIVERPOOL , 55 lavishly illustrated first-hand stories by a Liverpool sailor THE LEAVING OF LIVERPOOL, Latest Killer-Thriller From Michael Walsh the City Vigilante Supremo The Stigma Enigma , A powerful thought-provoking paranormal romance The Soul Meets, How to form a naughty ménage a trois THE DOVETAILS and SEX FEST AT TIFFANY’S.

Latest Michael Walsh bestsellers: Those who fall victim to the taxman, banks and moneylenders are victims of legalised mugging  DEBTOR’S REVENGE, The Business Booster shows you how to double your profits not your workload THE BUSINESS BOOSTER 

MICHAEL WALSH is a journalist, author, and broadcaster. His 64 books include best-selling RHODESIA’S DEATH EUROPE’S FUNERAL, AFRICA’S KILLING FIELDS,  THE LAST GLADIATORS, A Leopard in Liverpool, RISE OF THE SUN WHEELEUROPE ARISE, FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT SPEAK, THE ALL LIES INVASIONINSPIRE A NATION Volume IINSPIRE A NATION Volume II, and many other book titles. These illustrated best-selling books are essential for the libraries of informed readers.

The author’s books available for purchase by visiting his website BOOKSTORE, and POETRY  links.

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