Ian Gosling
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  • Oakham, Rutland
  • United Kingdom
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Oakham, Rutland
About Me:
I am 56and I started writing in the autumn of 2003. My first novel THE PUPPET MASTER ( Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie) was published in January 2008. I live in Rutland with my wife Maggie and when I am not writing I work as a contract project manager in such diverse places as Edinburgh, the City of London, and Kuwait. I wrote The Puppet Master between contracts which partly explains why it took so long. I am now writing a second book featuring the same lead character, Mike Barton. Although I have promoted him to Superintendent and transferred him to Cambridgeshire to head up the county's Murder investigation Team. LYING TO GOD is the first book in a series that I have been planning for some time, set against the backdrop of the historic town and villages of Cambridgeshire; the place where I grew up. Writing is the easy bit - but I am having trouble finding enough time. I am currently a lot of time on promoting my book - interviews, signings etc. LOOKING FOR A LITERARY AGENT
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Reader, Writer
Books And Authors I Like:
Crime & Thrillers - Ian Rankin, Colin Dexter, Val McDermid, Robert Ludlum, Frederick Forsyth, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jeffery Deaver, Robert Wilson, Kathy Reichs, Nicci French, Len Deighton. Others - Will Self, Bill Bryson, Nick Hornby, Alan Bennet, Roddy Doyle, John Steinbeck (the greatest writer of the 20th century?) Poets (everyone should read at least one poem every day) - John Betjeman, Ted Hughes, Philip Larkin, Alan Ginsberg, Dylan Thomas, Ivor Cutler, Jane Weir, Angela Clelland
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
TV - Wire in The Blood, Rebus, Trial and Retribution, CSI, Cracker, Prime Suspect, Touch of Frost, Softly Softly, The Bill, The Sweeney, Dalziel & Pascoe, Columbo, Hill Street Blues. Movies - Goodfellas, Dirty Harry, LA Confidential, The Long Good Friday, Get Carter (original), Day of The Jackal, Ronin, Scarface, Sea of Love, Carlito's Way, The Godfather, Cape Fear (both versions but I prefer Mitchum to De Niro), The Big Sleep (both versions but I prefer Bogart to Mitchum), Double Indemnity, Psycho, Oceans 11, Brighton Rock, The Blues Brothers, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Being John Malkovic, The Wicker Man (original) , The Commitments

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My first short story

I wrote my first short story yesterday. It was an interesting exercise and I think it turned out quite well.

Constructive comments will be welcomed

I don't seem to be able do anything about the formatting below - if you want to see it properly fomatted please got to my website



A short story by


In his boots, the taxman towers a good… Continue

Posted on April 12, 2008 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

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At 7:04am on April 17, 2008, helen black said…
Well thanks for buying it - I never did mind waiting in queues.
HB x
At 1:21pm on April 15, 2008, Janet Ortegon said…
You know, I have no idea how to turn away from the fun distractions and get to work. I've always failed at that test! That might be why neither my novel nor any of my short stories are finished. If you come up with something, please let me know!
At 9:39am on April 15, 2008, Ian Gosling said…
Just sitting here contemplating the futility of existence and wondering why I have so many faceless friends. These grey shadows are really boring. If you are shy why not use pic of your partner/kids/brother/sister/favourite cartoon character/George Bush/a VW Beetle ... anything please.
At 1:54am on April 15, 2008, Ian Gosling said…
Hi Sheila
I haven't started pitching my book to agents yet. I find the whole process very time consuming as most won't consider emails. Last time I was getting manuscripts returned that quite obviously hann't even had the pages turned. I tried Darley Anderson last time and got a rejection, but my new book is very different and better written, so I'll give them another try, maybe you could put a word in for me. Recent reports seem to confirm that the business is a bit of a lottery - 800k book deal for Matt Hilton after being rescued from the slush pile by his agent's wife - hmm?
At 1:29am on April 15, 2008, Sheila Quigley said…
Hi Ian , its over now though it was terrible for a while, because I could not write my dreams were monstrous. But Now I can see beyond the moon.
Why dont you try my agent Darley Anderson he is always looking for new people.
At 3:06am on April 14, 2008, Colin Galbraith said…
I don't actually drink in Leith that often, though when I do I tend to stick to The Shore, The King's Wark, The Ship, The Waterline, or Cameo Bar.

My regular is Clark's Bar over in Canonmills.

Where in Leith took your tipple?
At 1:34am on April 14, 2008, Colin Galbraith said…
Thanks Ian,

Yeah, it's pretty cold today again here in Leith, but at least there are no hailstone showers like there were on Friday! I almost thought it was January!

At 7:35pm on April 12, 2008, Wayne Burman said…
Hi Ian, Thanks for inviting me to CrimeSpace. I am useless with these online social networking things, but I'm gonna try to make an effort! Cheers mate. Wayne
At 4:24pm on February 11, 2008, Stewart P Evans said…
Hi Ian, Nice to 'meet' you, thanks for the invite. Stewart
At 8:48pm on February 7, 2008, Alison Bruce said…
Hi Ian,
I go to some of the Bodies in the Bookshop events in Heffers but not out and about much at the moment as I'm snowed under with work. Let me know if you're going to one and I'll try to get there,

cheers, Alison

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