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A thrilling life

‘I’ll never forget that wonderful feeling of excitement as I ripped open the packaging to feel the heft of my first thriller He Who Pays The Piper back in 2012, ’ writes subscriber Alex Breck.

‘Living on a remote Scottish island with awful internet connection and frequent power cuts, I’d never imagined that I would ever achieve my life-long dream of being an author. However, the beautiful scenery that I look out on every single day does provide the perfect writers’ retreat. Add to that the wild Highland tales that I’m regularly regaled with and I have all the inspiration I need for my roller-coaster action-adventure and crime thrillers! This probably accounts for the fact that there is always a beautiful Scottish island location somewhere in my novels.

‘Having said that, the first book transports the reader from Scotland to California where my protagonist, Ridge Walker, finds himself in a furious chase through the deserts and mountains of Mexico and Guatemala, pursued by a cavalcade of unusual and often unpleasant characters.

‘But I allowed him to survive long enough to be thrown into a sequel in 2015, The Piper’s Lament. Here, Ridge has to risk everything to rescue a friend from merciless terrorists in Northern Pakistan. This topical book examines our attitudes to the Islamic radicalisation of British youth and features a strong female character. Proving to be a popular if unlikely hero, Ridge Walker will soon be appearing in the third of my series, The Piper’s Promise, which is set in and around Tokyo this time.

‘September 2016 saw the publication of my stand-alone thriller through Seilachan Fort. The Devil You Know is a dark crime story set partly on Gruinard Island and, like all of my novels, allows me to take a gentle dig at some of my least favourite political and cultural mores. Due to some great feedback from readers I’ve agreed to write a sequel.

‘I’ve recently launched a podcast show called Alex Breck’s Banter and I just love the writer’s life. My advice? Just do it!’

Website: http://alexbreckbooks.com/

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