Friday, December 24, 2010

A.J. Davidson-- Churchill's Queen

AJ Davidson is a traditionally published author and playwright, who, in Spring 2010, made the switch to Indie. He is keen to explore the potential of a rapidly changing publishing world, and is enjoying the closer contact with his readers that e-books afford.

Born in Northern Ireland, AJ currently lives in the bucolic splendour of the Fermanagh Monaghan border. A graduate of Queen's University, Belfast, he has a degree in Social Anthropology. Married for 28 years, he has two children, a Harrier hound and a cat called Dusty.

Not one for staying long in the same place, AJ has lived in many countries across several continents. He has worked as a pea washer, crane-driver, restaurateur and scriptwriter.

Churchill's Queen is a sabotage thriller set in the early days of World War II. Two Abwehr agents are landed in Scotland by u-boat, their mission is to destroy a vital part of the British war machine, the RMS Queen Elizabeth, the world's largest liner.  Although apparently foiled, did their plan ultimately succeed 32 years later in Hong Kong harbour?

Q: What will e-readers like about your book? It is a techno-thriller set in 1940. There is a lot of detail crammed into the 360 pages. People who enjoy Foyle's War will find this book ideal reading.
Q: Why did you go indie? As mentioned in my bio I was a traditionally published author and have not given that up entirely. But I am blown away by the possibilities that is afforded by digital publishing and want to take full advantage. I have a book, Decoys, coming out with Aspen Mountain Press in November. It's a crime thriller set in the seedy world of fidelity testing agencies.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre? Jack Higgins's The Eagle Has Landed would have some similarities with Churchill's Queen. I also admire Robert Harris, who wrote The Enigma Code and Fatherland.

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