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Heart And Soul Went Into Latest Adult-Only Novel From Former Grimsby Boxer
Friday 18 August 2017
Heart and soul went into latest adult-only novel from former Grimsby boxer
Former boxer turned poet and teacher, Michael Nilsen said he had put his heart and soul into a new adults-only novel he has had published.
The author has already had two volumes of selected poetry published.
The first, Selected Poetry, came out in 2015, with Volume Two a year later. Both were published through Matador Fiction, a branch of Troubador Publishing Ltd, and Michael was delighted when Troubador agreed to publish his first novel, Gorky.
The book is a fantasy adventure novel set in an alternative temporal-space dreamscape, where there are no limits but imagination. Gorky is a water carrier living in the isolated village of Firkin, who sets out to find the legendary Sacredia healing waters to save his tribe, stricken by a mysterious disease.
Michael said: “When I was in secondary school, English was my worst subject. I had poor grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary. It was due to prolonged illness, M.E., in my late twenties, that I set about re-educating myself. I never dreamt I would be capable of writing a novel, but you can surprise yourself if you try.
I’ve put my heart and soul into this project. People who have read Gorky so far agree it is well written, one even saying it is 'brilliant', though admittedly that was my mam! There has been a lot of interest expressed on social media. I wait in anticipation how my novel will be received by the general public.
Michael also has personal experience with debilitating conditions, having been diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. ME, or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, is a chronic condition with extreme tiredness being the main symptom, among a variety of others. Despite this, Michael says that he was up regularly at 4am, polishing and revising the novel, which had been lying dormant for nearly a decade. “I decided to take another look at it with a renewed perspective, deemed elements of it read well,” he says “and went through a process of rigorously rewriting and amending it.” Gorky was the result.
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