Simon FairFax, Civitavecchia, Deal Series

Welcome to the Beginning – No Deal’s Done ’til it’s done

I began writing my first book back in 2006 at my wife’s insistence when we returned from living in Italy. It had burned a hole in my head for years and it only took me about 6 months to get it down on paper and about three quarters finished.

Then, I found employment and started on the treadmill of deals again. In the property crash of 2009 I was made redundant and faced months of trying to get a job dabbling and more than enough time on my hands. My wife and friends told me to finish the book – ‘what else have you got to do?’ they asked! Great friends I have!

I finished it and it sat in a draw for two years. After dabbling (and meeting a film producer who was to have a great influence on my future work) against all odds I got another job, but this time client side working for a property company rather than as an agent. A different world and it gave me more time to try to publish my book.  My wife again kicked me to get it published but first I gave it to some Beta readers one of whom was the film producer Michael Ford. he gave me some sage words of advice: if you are going to write a series make sure you have the second one ready as you publish the first.

So, encouraged and spurred on by the comments of the Beta readers I wrote ‘A Deal Too far’. In the meantime, Michael read my first manuscript and amongst many helpful comments (he basically tore it apart bless him!) advised the scene in Italy with Rupert being kidnapped had to be extended. It was all over too quickly he said.

So I set about rewriting much of the last half of the book, and extending the scene. To be fair to Michael I knew exactly what he meant, I just needed to hear it from someone else.

Thus, I returned to Italy near where we used to live and the port of Civitavecchia to see if my theory of Rupert’s escape from the kidnappers could really be done. Hiring a car I drove there and wanted to see if I could just drive in without being challenged. I was nervous I admit as I boldly drove straight into a supposed restricted area. A good friend of mine is a policeman in Civitavecchia but I didn’t want to test our friendship: if  I was caught breaking into a major port area- it might not have gone down too well and Italians have a sense of humour failure over such antics, tending to shoot first and ask questions later!

So, I just drove in to the docking area just like the baddies in the book, looking for all the world as though I belonged there. I got out of the car expecting to be challenged at any moment – nothing! I was in seventh heaven and this was to set the scene and modus operandi for all my future work. I now had to try everything I wrote about, which was to prove exciting and entertaining in equal measure in the future. But it proved my point if I could do it, so could my Italian mafia thugs from the book!

I hope that you enjoyed reading the scene as much as I enjoyed experiencing it in real life! If you did, please feel free to leave a review it would mean so much to me.

If you don’t know which scene I am discussing, then get your hands on my debut novel and the first in my Rupert Brett/Deal series on Amazon.

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