Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Island of Whispers - Brendan Gisby

Bio: Brendan Gisby was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, halfway through the 20th century, and was brought up just along the road in South Queensferry (the Ferry) in the shadow of the world-famous Forth Bridge.  He presently lives on the fringes of an ancient volcano, Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh.  Retiring from a business career in 2007, Brendan has devoted himself to writing.  He has published two novels, The Island of Whispers and The Olive Branch; a collection of short stories about growing up in the Ferry during the 1950's and 1960's, Ferry Tales; and a biography of his late father, The Bookie’s Runner.

Product description: This is the story of a colony of rats living on an island under the world-famous Forth Railway Bridge.  Ruled over by an ‘inner circle’ of evil fat rats, and in fear for their lives, a group of lowly ‘watchers’ attempts to brave the stormy waters and scale the giant bridge in a bid for freedom.  But celebrations for the bridge's centenary are about to begin.... will they make it?  A story of oppression overcome, fierce loyalty, dreams and devastation.  Grisly to the end, but with heart.  You'll never look at those little islands in the same way again.

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?  The book should appeal to readers of all ages, especially those who have read and liked Watership Down.  Although the central characters are rats rather than rabbits, readers quickly forget their natural aversion to rodents and become immersed in the story.  And they say the story is every bit as good as Watership Down!

Q: Why did you go indie?  Given the impossibility of a new and unknown author placing his first manuscript with a conventional publisher, it was inevitable that I should go indie.  But I’ve no regrets about taking that route.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?  For meaningful stories based on animal societies, my top choice has to be the master himself, Richard Adams.  Running a close second is another master storyteller, George Orwell, who penned the wonderful Animal Farm.


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