Four girls are trapped in a bathroom with no way out.
Four girls whose problems with each other have been boiling under the surface.
Four hours trapped are about to turn to five.
The only thing left to do, is go for a punch.
Today at Academy 27, we reach a turning point you won't want to miss.
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Editor James Hornby talks to award-winning author Dan Freeman about his upcoming book, The Minister of Chance.
Q: For those who have never heard of The Minister of Chance, could you give us a brief description?
A: Oh God! Please don’t make me do that! It’s hard enough writing without having to write about the writing! :) It’s kind of a Fantasy, a sort of fairy-tale about a girl discovering the nature of the Universe as she travels through it with a kind of brooding techno-wizard.
Q: How was the Minister of Chance created?
A: He started off as a character in an audio series. He’s been wandering around in my head for years.
Q: How did this new novel come into being?
A: Well a very nice lad called James Hornby messaged me online asking if I’d be interested in writing a novel about the Minister. I said yes, expecting nothing to come of it, but to my surprise and delight he was very serious and enthusiastic and here we are! I’m absolutely thrilled.
Q: How did you find the writing process?
A: Hate me, but it was pretty easy. I knew the story I wanted to tell, so I threw it down expecting to be told it was rubbish and to have to rewrite it severely. However, I sent it to my old friend Vince Henderson and he gave me some notes and broadly said it was good. I also read it to my daughter as I wrote it, and she enjoyed it. I read the first chapter to her class at school, and they sat still, so I thought I might be onto something. And dear old James the publisher was very enthusiastic, so I went back and revised it with confidence.
Q: What should readers expect from The Minister of Chance?
A: I always write worlds that I want to be in, so I hope people will want to come with me. I hope I’ve given them a credible system of magic and excitement and wonder, and characters they can love and hate or get involved with.
Q: What are you most proud of about your story?
A: I’m proud to have finished a novel! I’m proud that there are strong women in it, and I’d be immensely proud if it made a difference to somebody.
Q: Where else can we find your work?
A: I’m working on a play and a film at the moment, you can sign up for news about all that on my website www.danfreeman.co.uk or my company www.secretplanet.co.uk, and who knows? Maybe another novel or two!
Q: Will we see the Minister again?
A: Oh yes please! Where do I sign up?
Arcbeatle Press are proud to announce the publication of The Minister of Chance, the debut novel from award-winning scriptwriter and playwright Dan Freeman.
“I know the formula for doors,” says the Minister, vanishing through the one he has just created in mid air. Teenage barmaid Kitty isn’t the sort to be dismissed easily, though. Armed only with her bad attitude, foul mouth and mysterious strength, she follows him through the glowing doorway, onto the frost bridge between worlds, and into adventure.
“I’m absolutely thrilled!” said Dan. “I’ve been writing this story in my head for over twenty years, and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to let the Minister out!”
“Publishing The Minister of Chance has been a dream come true,” said editor James Hornby. “We’re overjoyed to be able to give this talented writer a new avenue for his creativity at Arcbeatle Press.”
The Minister of Chance will be available in both print and ebook formats on 30th June.
Ebook available to pre-order on Amazon US at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B1F4MJVD/
Ebook available to pre-order on Amazon UK at: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0B1F4MJVD/
Cover art by Dave Palser. The Minister of Chance lettering and logo designed by Thomas Moulton.
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Tsetseg Sansar doesn't have many friends. Or any friends.
But when a girl joins her for a class project on the foods and festivals of the old Asia their ancestors came to the planet Gongen from, Tsetseg is going to face a new set of challenges:
Relating to her father.
Relating to her family's past.
Relating to her new potential friend.
And finding a future that's her own.
Join Tsetseg on a heartfelt journey through taste, love, and finding a place to be.
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