(9 out of 10 Vets recommend it, the 10th is seriously reconsidering his first response, while he recuperates from his unfortunate 'accident')
The city of Liverpool is famous for being the birth place of The
Beatles but the group pale into insignificance when one bears in mind
that it is privileged to have as one of it’s former inhabitants my
good self, Kevin Morris. Actually they expelled me on pain of death
and I now live in London but don’t tell anyone!
My short story, Samantha is set in the city of my birth. Samantha
tells the story of a young girl forced into prostitution by her brutal
pimp, Barry. Throughout Samantha it is touch and go as to whether Sam
will survive or end her brutalised existence in the murky waters of
Liverpool’s Albert Docks. By day the docks are a magnet for tourists
with Liverpool’s Maritime Museum, trendy restaurants, shops and bars
all bussling with activity. However, come the darkness of night the
place is deserted, the sound of the river Mersey lapping against the
harbour walls being the only interruption to the profound silence
which engulfes the docks.
Apart from the docks, other prominent Liverpool landmarks feature in
Samantha. At one juncture Sam visits Woolton Woods which trace their
origins to Saxon times. The beauty of the woods help, for a brief
period to soothe Sam’s troubled heart. I have happy memories of
collecting acorns with my grandfather in those self-same woods and of
taking conkers home to harden in drawers. I, like Sam have found
solace in this tranquil spot.
My story, The First Time also deals with the subject of prostitution.
In The First Time Becky, a young graduate with a first class degree in
English literature, becomes a professional escort in order to clear
her debts. Unlike Samantha, Becky is not confronted by a brutal pimp
compelling her to become a prostitute. One might argue however that
she is coerced by the dire financial situation in which Becky finds
herself to sell her body in order to survive. The First Time is not
erotic, rather it explores the psychological effects of prostitution
on Becky and her fellow escort and friend Julie. As an author I don’t
see it as being my role to pass moral judgements on sex work or other
matters, rather I describe people who are placed in extremely
difficult situations and how they respond to them. In my opinion it is
not the role of the author to ram morality down their reader’s
throats. That does not mean that I am morally neutral on the issue of
sex work, merely that I choose so far as is humanly possible to let
the people in The First Time and Samantha speak for themselves. It is
up to my readers to form their own judgements on prostitution and the
other issues explored in my books. Ultimately I write because I enjoy
doing so not out of any desire to change the world (although I do hold
opinions but, as I said above it is not my role to beat my readers
over the head with them).
In addition to Samantha and The First Time, I have published several
collections of short stories: Sting In The Tail, An Act of Mercy and
Street Walker And Other Stories.
I hope you enjoy my books.
Please visit me at the following places:
My author’s page on Amazon.co.uk
My author’s page on Amazon.com
And not forgetting my last appearance on TSRA’s blog HERE