Irish writer Laurence O’Bryan is the author of the Istanbul Puzzle. It’s his debut novel and the official publication date is the 19th January 2012. Harper Collins (Avon imprint) the publisher of The Istanbul Puzzle have signed Laurence for a three-book deal. The book will be available, at launch, in eight countries they are: Ireland, Australia, Canada, Greece, Italy, New Zealand,Turkey and the UK. (Greece, Italy and Turkey in translation obviously). Harper Collins describe the book as ‘an electrifying conspiracy thriller which will entice fans of Scott Mariani, Sam Bourne and Dan Brown.’
Now would that Just Add Attitude wielded such influence that talented Irish writers were happy to make themselves available to discuss their work with me. The truth is Laurence is my cousin so thus I was invited to afternoon tea with him and his lovely, stylish wife Z on one of the post-Christmas days.
I am delighted that Laurence gave me a pre-publication copy of the Istanbul Puzzle. It says much about the pull of the novel that I stayed up, fighting tiredness, until 2 am this morning to finish it. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s a fast paced thriller and a rattling good read; Laurence is an excellent storyteller who has an atmospheric way with words. The protagonists are Sean Ryan (a founding director of the Institute of Applied Research in Oxford) and Isabel Sharp (who works for the British consulate in Istanbul). They meet when Sean goes to Istanbul to identify the body of his colleague and friend Alex, who was brutally murdered while he was in the city working on a project for the institute and so begins a suspense-filled story that sashays between London and Istanbul.
I asked Laurence what advice he would give to aspiring authors, he said: to never think of giving up; be willing to learn and willing to change your writing; and that it helps enormously to have a supportive partner
Laurence writes a blog, click here to get to it, which is full of information that would be useful to writers who hope to find a publisher. To find the posts on writing look for the ‘My journey from aspiring to published author’ which is at the top of the home page and click to read the archives.
The Istanbul Puzzle is available to pre-order at Amazon.co.uk (for global delivery). It will be in bookshops on the 19th January. The launch party is on the 18th January at Dubray Books on Dublin’s Grafton Street at 18.30. Laurence is extending an open invitation to anyone who would like to attend.
I wish Laurence every conceivable success with his writing.