I so enjoy finding out all about new authors and books and today it is my pleasure to welcome Colin Sinclair to stay in with me and tell me all about one of his books.
Staying in with Colin Sinclair
Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag Colin. Thank you for agreeing to stay in with me.
It is my pleasure. I’m pleased we have chosen to sit in the garden it’s not too often we get the chance in England is it? With our weather!
(Try keeping me out o the garden this weather, Colin. You’d have a fight on your hands!)
Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it?
I have brought my first book in the The Essence Saga series, it’s called Elji and the Galrass. It is my debut Novel and it’s been an interesting Journey to getting it published.
I have always loved reading and writing. That stems from school where I had an amazing English teacher, long time ago now, but these things stick with you.
(Ha – as an ex-English teacher that’s good to know. I still keep in touch with mine from 40 years ago too.)
I wanted to write a book and see if I could write well enough to get someone to publish it for me. I knew nothing about the process and was amazed at the length of time it could take. I was very lucky and within a short nine month period I had written the book, got a publishing deal, had it edited and now it’s out there in the big wide world of books. Even at that pace I was chaffing at the bit to get it all done. I think I must have an impatient streak in me.
Writing the book itself happened in a five week period, it seems I must have had the idea in my head for a very long time and it just poured out of me, the first draft did anyway.
(Crikey – that’s quick!)
What can we expect from an evening in with Elji and the Galrass?
You can expect to be transported from everyday life and into the lives of the characters in the book and get invested in their adventures. It shouldn’t be long till you are no longer sitting in your room but are on another plane of reality somewhere.
One of the things I have always liked about the books is that they are able to very quickly make you relate to a character and choose one of those as your persona, then when you are carried along with the story you can feel like you are involved in it.
So I guess you can expect a kind of “mind journey” that will help you forget daily life and your struggles and troubles and be engulfed in world that is both familiar yet different enough to just help you relax and enjoy a different life.
Hey! We all need to escape sometimes.
(I couldn’t agree more. Books are the perfect escapism.)
What else have you brought along and why?
I have brought along a poster and a picture from one of the musicals I have performed in, it’s a Sondheim piece called “Company” It’s a story about three couples relationship with a single man called Bobby and their different perspectives of him and how he relates to each of them.
The music was very challenging but once mastered blended effortlessly with everyone else in the musical.
(What an exciting thing to do!)
It reminds me of one of the themes in the book which is that we are all trying to harmonise with each other in a way that is effortless and beautiful and can lead to a life that we all want to live.
Ohhh!! that’s a bit deep…then…the book is a little like that.
You’re allowed to be deep Colin – it makes me want to read Elji and the Galrass even more! Thank you so much for staying in and telling me all about it. I’m intrigued!
Elji and the Galrass
Elji, a boy from a village outside the city of Mehem discovers a “Galrass” a tool usually wielded only by those who understand its power. Perhaps it was left for him to find or perhaps it was just a random happening?
The Galrass embroils him in a struggle he never expected to be part of or even imagined existed. Dregar, a being from a different planet and galaxy ‘feels’ the boys interruption of the universal essence and takes him under his wing and so his journey begins.
Friendships are made and lost and many lives must be put in danger to usher the civilisation into its rightful place among the Universal essence. Will Elji fulfil his potential and help save his world or will it fall into darkness.
Elji and the Galrass is available for purchase here.
About Colin Sinclair
Colin Lives just outside the city of York in the beautiful Yorkshire country side. He has been married for 32 years and has two children and grandchildren. He has been acting and singing on stage since he was a teenager and still today performs at the large theatres in the region both acting and singing in lead roles.
He is a gym enthusiast and has competed in natural bodybuilding competitions and also engages in many sports such as Badminton, Squash and Bouldering. He has two dogs which keep him busy walking through the countryside.
Before settling in Yorkshire he was brought up between the Middle East, where his parents worked in the Oil Industry and spending the rest of the time in the UK at boarding school. This is where his love for words came from and he has written poetry for many years.
He now has the time to pursue his passion of writing and has written his first book in a fantasy series that he says has been in his head for longer than he cares to remember.