Oscar Alberto Kicklighter imagines the highlight of his day will be collecting his new car, but a chance encounter with a cafe owner leads him on a journey he neither anticipated nor desired. Prompted by three photographs he had barely noticed in his apartment, Oscar sets off on an adventure to the other side of the world. But a growing belief that he is being followed by a suited, shadowy figure soon begins to dominate his thoughts and arouse his fears. Why is he being followed? Who is this man? Should Oscar confront him? A physical, literary and spiritual odyssey, ‘The Promise of Strangers’ is a poignant and timely tale of a man trying to find peace in an increasingly complex and bewildering world.
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
I’m not sure my genre is really a genre – other than general fiction. It is perhaps spiritual, certainly literary, but could not be classed as sci-fi, romance, mystery, etc. Perhaps a ‘spiritual thriller’ would be an apt description.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
At the risk of sounding glib: just do it. Quite simply, a writer is someone who writes. And someone who does not write, is not a writer.
I am in my early thirties and live in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Promise of Strangers is my first novel.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
After ten years in Financial PR, I took a break to travel the world for a year. This gave me the time and space to read, to think and eventually to write. The trip created a vacuum, and the book filled that vacuum. Writing it was one of the hardest, most challenging things I have ever done. I only hope that effort equals literary worth.