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James Swallow to come to Bromley for launch of latest book

PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:30 06 June 2018

James Swallow's new book, Ghost, is coming out soon. Picture: Francesca Russell

James Swallow's new book, Ghost, is coming out soon. Picture: Francesca Russell

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The latest novel by local author James Swallow, Ghost, is available now.

The BAFTA nominated scriptwriter and writer, who has been living in Bromley for almost 10 years, will be attending a launch event at Bromley Waterstones in conversation with Ben Aaronovitch next week.

A combination of tech, terrorism and action, Ghost presents high-impact thriller writing at its best.

James has worked on some of the world’s bestselling video games as well as novels from the Star Trek and Dr Who universes.

Previous Marc Dane thrillers Nomad and Exile were massive international bestsellers - Exile recently topped the eBook charts for the second time.

James said: “Ghost is the third book in my latest series and it follows the lead character who is an ex-MI6 agent.

“It’s about hackers using weapons to cause things to happen.”

James said the book took a lot of research: “With these kinds of books that have a ‘day after tomorrow’ feel to them, you have to make them as believable and well-researched as possible.

“I search for news stories a lot and when I come across an interesting idea I think about what could be happening in the future or if someone terrible had access to certain information which they could use for evil and what might happen.”

James said the main difference between writing novels and script-writing is that he is free to invent his own characters within the novels and is able to create different stories without restrictions.

He said he came up with the ideas and themes of the book by exploring the kinds of genres he enjoys reading himself: “I wanted to try something a bit different - I love sci-fi myself.

“I kept being told that people don’t tend to like these kinds of books and that they weren’t popular but I was saying tat they’re definitely popular with me, so as often happens, you think ‘if no one else is writing what I want to read I will write it myself.’

“I wanted to remind people that there’s definitely an audience for these kinds of stories - I also wanted to get out of my comfort zone by writing these.”

The launch event starts a 6:30pm on Thursday, June 7, at the store in The Glades shopping centre.

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