John Martyn Wilson
I'm English but I live in the Aude region of southern France with Kate - to whom I have been married since 1971 - and Barney our big blond Labrador. We moved to France in 2004 after living in London for over 30 years, and we built a house on the edge of a small village, within sight of the Canal du Midi. We have two grown-up children - Matt, who is married to Sam, and Hannah - and two wonderful grandsons, Henry and Charlie.
I've worked all of my life in marketing communications, having started as a publicity assistant with a manufacturer of mechanical-handling equipment. I moved from there to a company making typesetting machines and then to a construction equipment manufacturer. In 1979, I started my own hybrid communications agency which I ran until 2002. Since then, I have worked as a freelance copywriter.
During a career spanning almost 50 years, I have written just about every type of marketing material from brochures to ads to press releases, and - more recently - websites, blogs and online training courses. King's Ransom is my first novel. Because one doesn't like to rush these things.
John interviewed at eBookReviewGal.com
Released April 2013, King's Ransom is about James King. He's a fairly ordinary 40-something man with a good job and an attractive girlfriend. Then he loses his job, and his girlfriend leaves him, and without exactly looking for trouble he finds himself embroiled in smuggling, espionage, and armed insurrection.
In the process, he's shouted at, put upon, bullied, pushed around, beaten up, thumped, kicked, shot at, and – in his own words – ‘smacked about the head and shoulders with enough blunt instruments to last a lifetime.’
He can't quite work out how it all happened, or how to get out of the situation he’s in. He just knows that nothing is what it seems, nothing makes sense, and no-one can be trusted - apart from a 13-year-old boy and a sad, lonely and rather beautiful woman.
Comments from readers include "'King's Ransom' grabs you and won't let go", "racy, edge-of-your-seat, but at the same time chatty and erudite...absolutely riveting" and "funny, entertaining, well researched and perfect read on holiday."