I published my first articles in magazines and a booklet before leaving school. So, as you can see, I always wanted to write. Writing fiction has been my lifetime ambition, but success was more difficult to achieve, and there were several unsuccessful attempts during my twenties. I did manage to publish five books on technical subjects connected with my work in technology (under a different name), and I have also been in the writing profession for most of my life, but it is only now that I have got back to the joy and challenge of writing fiction.
My debut novel, a psychological thriller called 'Sandman', was published in August 2010. Details, reviews
, and a first chapter extract
can be found on my author website iankingsley.com
. I also publish articles that are hopefully of interest to other writers on this website. In addition, I run and edit a long-established travel website, synergise.com
, which publishes travel articles covering worldwide destinations.
My fiction writing influences include Peter Carey, Pat Conroy, Ian McEwan, Minette Walters, John Irving, Alexander McCall Smith, and others; the latter is a master of characterisation. I prefer books with depth as well as pace, and in my own writing, I try to offer a sensible balance between literary depth and the easy-reading of popular fiction. I also try to ensure that everything contributes towards plot development. I am well aware the reason for my early failures in fiction was due to poor characterisation. When I took up writing fiction again, I made sure I worked on this particular weakness. As a result, I devised an intuitive characterisation tool
that is offered to help other writers. It details 16 normal character types and 16 associated abnormal types – all based on accepted psychological types. I think this paid-off, because I was delighted when bestselling author, Sophie King (author of ‘The Wedding Party’ and other books), gave ‘Sandman’ the following endorsement: “A gripping psychological read with characters that reach out and grab you. A real page-turner.” Subsequent reviews have also commented on good characterisation.
I published a non-fiction book called 'Reality Check: Science Meets Religion
' as an eBook in 2011. It aims to show science and religion can be seen to be complementary: hopeful a great help to people who have problems ratifying apparent conflicts between the two.
I will be publishing a most unusual novel early in 2013. Please watch out for that. I shall tell more on Twitter!
Please visit my author website and author blog for further information. You can follow me on Twitter as @authorkingsley where I tweet most days.