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How I got published: Thriller writer James Silvester

Author James Silvester, whose debut Escape to Perdition is a contemporary thriller set in Prague, shares his path to publication with Dolores Gordon-Smith

‘You should be a writer,’ they said. It became a kind of running joke whenever I’d catch up with old mates and the subject turned to the hatred we harboured for our various jobs.

‘A writer?’ I’d answer, ‘Yeah, right.’

Okay, it was what I’d always wanted to do (well, that or be the next Doctor Who), but life just isn’t like that is it? There are bills to pay, an extortionate mortgage to fret about and two small kids to feed. Dreams are all very well but they can wait until real life is through with me, right?

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