During the late 1950s, I attended a 12-week training course in seamanship at the Sea Training Camp situated in Sharpness, Gloucester. Having earned the first of my seafarer’s tickets, I then became one of the thousands of British seamen serving in the British Merchant Navy.
MICHAEL WALSH EDITORIAL: I’m not often at a loss when looking for an explanation but this really is ‘ask the audience’ time. Why are folk so reluctant to help others even when they themselves are rewarded for doing so.
MICHAEL WALSH EDITOR: We are what we eat is a saying that stays good over time. My infant sons were under 18-months of age when they caught whooping cough. A serious disease whoever it affects but often lethal when infants are afflicted.
WHAT SHALL WE TELL THEM?
What shall we tell them when people find out,
They were lied to and cheated,
By scoundrels no doubt.
Prolific writer, editor and ghost-writer of over 60 book titles, Michael Walsh never authored a fictional novel ~ until now. The ‘until now’ is flexible. It was during the 1990s when, down to his last brass cent, he wondered if salvation might come via a blockbuster novel. Michael began work on Retribution, later re-titled The Leopard in Liverpool.
Novels are often more effective than truth. Lady Antonia Fraser, a renowned expert wrote extensively on England’s royal dynasties. Her factual history books though acclaimed were not best-sellers. Instead, the writer then told the stories of England’s kings and queens as novels. A smart move for her ‘fictional’ books became overnight successes.
‘If you lacked interest or integrity, you wouldn’t have bothered whether I finished the manuscript or not! Real friends don’t come by accident! I believe in good karma. You’ve always believed in me from day one. What you might realise is that writing this book also serves as therapy to me.’ Betty Musole.
Few writers are under any illusions as to their chances of their book becoming a blockbuster. Amazon pays from 10 cents to $3 per book sale. Amazon doesn’t promote books; you do.
There are few pursuits more healing than creative writing. Setting down one’s thoughts is a way to better understand and discover a solution to any situation. Self-expression through writing actually inspires creativity.