A KINGHORN Man has a become a first time author with the publication of his debut novel set in the Kingdom 800 years ago.
‘Death Of A King’ was written by Geoff Huijer and tells the 13th century fictional tale of a young boy, Massan Gow, who is falsely accused of the murder of King Alexander III, and his subsequent battle to clear his and his family’s name from accusations of regicide and witchcraft. The book is the first part of a trilogy in the ‘Massan Gow and the Hounds of St Andrew’ series and Geoff says the seeds were sown in his childhood.
“I’ve always been interested in history and when I was at school I used to pass the King Alexander monument on the bus from Burntisland to Balwearie High, but at the time I didn’t pay much attention to it.
“Later, when I moved to live in London, I started to buy a lot of historical books to read and that’s when I first started writing little bits and pieces just for fun.”
Though Geoff finished the book in 2005 it took him until now to publish it. “Various things happened,” he said. “I moved back to Scotland in 2007 to be nearer my mum who was unwell. I cared for her until she was hospitalised and she died in 2010. Now, due to having a long break in my career I have been entirely unable to find work, despite my vast experience. I have been told in the rare interviews that I have had that I am either overqualified or haven’t enough recent experience. So I started to think about the writing again.”
Geoff sent his book off to a few publishers but was rejected. He said: “I’m not that bothered. JK Rowling was rejected lots of times! But I let a few friends read it, and I was very careful to pick friends who I didn’t like the historical genre, and they were all positive and encouraging so I decided to publish it myself.”
Geoff has now started writing the second part of the trilogy and is planning to promote the first book. “It’s really exciting,” he said. “I’m just glad it’s coming out. I don’t expect to make much money but I thought I might as well try!”
‘Death Of A King’ is available to buy for Kindle via Amazon and can be ordered through Booknet at any book store.