I have a few suggestions for aspiring authors. The first and most important thing I’d say is persevere. It takes a lot of time, effort and commitment to complete a book and a lot of resilience to see it through to publication, not to mention the knock backs along the way and afterwards. Two more things, (i) try and write something every day, it doesn’t matter how much, just so long as you’re making progress. (ii) Don’t keep going back to ‘perfect’ your first chapter(s) without continuing your writing. There will be plenty of time for editing later but if you keep trying to improve what you’ve already written then you won’t make progress and will most likely lose heart and never complete your work. It’s a long process and you need to know you’re making progress as an incentive to keep going.
His first novel ‘Ring Fenced’ was published in November 2011 and this is a crime story with a difference as the underlying theme is obsession tinged with power, control and how they are used and abused.
This novel was followed by a collaboration with Elly Grant to produce ‘Twists and Turns’ a book of short stories and flash fiction.
Zach’s second novel ‘Made a Killing’ was the first of a series of Alex Warren murder mysteries (published in November 2012) and this has been followed by ‘A Measure of Trouble’ (August 2013).
Zach is currently working on a novel based on investigative jounalism.
Alike his central character in ‘Ring Fenced,’ (Bemjamin Short), Zach Abrams grew up within an orthodox Jewish family. He completed his education in Scotland and went on to a career in business and finance. He is married with two children. He plays no instruments and has an eclectic taste in music, although not as obsessive as Benjamin.
Unlike Benjamin, he does not maintain mistresses, write pornography and (sadly) he does not have ownership of such a wealthy company. He is not a sociopath (at least by his own reckoning) and all versions of his life are aware of and freely communicate with each other. More in keeping with Alex Warren, he and his family reside in the south side of Glasgow.
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