Over the past few years a novel has been evolving. Nigel Bartlett – King of the Road. Launched last week – Nigel’s journey into the literary world has received wide acclaim. Something rare for a first time author.
The book is published by Vintage – although at fifty, Nigel is not. He has a unique mind with a fresh and creative look at the world.
For many years I have interviewed police about people who have gone missing. Those loved ones who just disappear. Most return but there are still people who have never been found. But it’s family’s worst nightmare when it’s a child.
This is a work of fiction about Andrew who has gone missing from his Uncle David’s home. All fingers point to David and he becomes the prime suspect. To clear his name and find Andrew, David runs from the police.
In this interview Nigel talks about “King of the Road” and how it came into being. He also talks about his writing process. The putting of one word in front of another – just one word at a time. He says the most important part for any writer is to “just start doing the work”. He mentions any old computer or a pen and paper will do – just start. Each writer crafts their drafts at different hours. Nigel used to write daily before work – but now keeps Sunday’s free.
He also talks about the courses he has done to help with technique – and the wonderful people he has met who walk a similar path.
What wasn’t mentioned in the interview is that his agent sent the manuscript to nine publishers. Four were interested – but no bidding war!
Nigel arrived in Australia from the UK in 1995. He is familiar with words having worked as a sub editor and deputy editor with a wide variety of magazines. But this is a work of fiction – where magazines might have articles from 300 – 1,500 words, King of the Road has 100,000 words.
Will King of the Road have a sequel? Nigel has plans.