The next book in our Blog Hop Tour is a new release called “The Place that Never Existed” by Jim Ody.
The author, Jim has had poems and articles published on a number of websites, and for eight years, was a weekly music reviewer for a popular music website where he got to meet bands and see free gigs.
Jim has published two books ‘Lost Connections’ and ‘The Place That Never Existed’, and had his short story, ‘The Moth In The Jar’ selected and published in the charity anthology ‘Dark Minds’.
The Place that Never Existed – Synopsis
“For Paul and Debbie, it was meant to be the happiest time of their lives – a small village wedding in front of their family and friends, followed by a quiet honeymoon in Devon. Not everyone was happy to see them together. Someone from the past was intent on ending their marriage before it had really started. Now, supposedly away from it all in a picturesque log cabin, Paul and Debbie find themselves in the midst of mysterious happenings. Unexplained disappearances with people turning up dead, and all of it centred on the site of an horrific murder. A place the locals wish was a place that never existed.”
Road to Publication
Jim has been having a little chat with us about what the journey to get this book published. Here is what he had to say:
“The idea for this book came from an idea I had about a couple finding an abandoned house in the woods whilst out for a walk. I posed the question to myself: What if the house wasn’t abandoned, and hidden inside was something completely out of this world?
I wrote down the details of this scene and it soon turned into the Prologue. This would be the hook to get the reader interested into the story so as I could then go back a few days to the back story.
Initially I was writing another book called, ‘The Unknown’ (which will be released either next year or the year after either as a novel or a novella – I am also toying with whether to make it a YA book as the story could well be that, or a crime/thriller). Then the idea of this book popped into my head and it was too strong an idea for me to put on hold, so I started in March 2016 and finished it in August. Although I did then focus on the short story for the Dark Minds anthology.
My editor batted it back a couple of times and she was very good at getting me to tweak a couple of points in order to make sure that the story held together.
Having had more success with my debut novel, ‘Lost Connections’ than I was expecting, it never occurred to me to go to a publisher…right up until the last minute. I am afraid that my impatience got the better of me and whilst I was speaking to one, I ended up self-publishing it. I guess we all live and learn!
From the people who have already read ‘The Place That Never Existed’ the outlining response is that it is fast-paced and flows nicely, right up until the ending. The ending is probably completely unexpected and has proved to be a bit of a ‘marmite’ effect. My advice when reading this book would be to clear your mind of any preconceived ideas, this book may suddenly take you to a ‘different’ place…”