The third edition of my novel, ‘A THOUSAND MILES FROM NOWHERE’ is now on sale-in paperback and Kindle. For those of you who don’t know, this is the new version, with some minor changes to the story including a new ending, a new cover and new genre!
The promo video is for fun as well as for promotional purposes-the moment this is no longer fun it is time to stop. Creativity is for pleasure not for pain so I’m attempting to enjoy the trip, every step of the way, even the sleepless nights! The video is accompanied by the track ‘I just want to make love to you’ by the great Etta James, the theme is, ‘Nothing comes between me and a good book’!This will be my theme in general to promote the book, fun, quirky but with the message that most avid readers will understand; when you are fully immersed in a good story, the world around you disappears…
The novel is available to purchase on the following links below and more to come.
The link below is to my blog where you will find the novel synopsis plus an article explaining why I’m on the THIRD edition of my book! As well as reviews, info and articles with extracts from other potential novels of mine.
“A Thousand Miles from Nowhere”, a novel by Saffron Mello Castro
How the story began…
I’ve lived in Spain on/off since 1986 when I first moved out with my family. I’ve lived in many different ‘pueblos’ up and down the north Costa Blanca and am currently living near Denia with my youngest daughter. I’ve always loved creative writing and from a young age would spend my time writing short stories. As an adult I continued writing for myself and finally found the courage to send some articles to a local paper, which were subsequently published. I also enjoyed writing a blog and some angst poetry. I began writing more seriously around five years ago after trying my hand at some Erotica after reading an article on the benefits of being a writer of this particular genre (given the current climate of acceptable naughtiness E.G ‘5o shades’ I’m considering continuing some of the stories I discarded!) This led me into my novel as I began writing about my experiences in life: I could not stop writing and found it to be a hugely cathartic experience.
A THOUSAND MILES FROM NOWHERE is fundamentally an alternative love story:
A journey of experimentation and sexual awakening set in Spain in the late eighties/ early nineties at a time when the whole ‘New Age travellers’ scene was well and truly alive: Told in the first person, an account of the protagonist’s feelings, experiences and adventures as she leaves the UK on a journey of self-discovery. In an attempt to blot out all memories of the person who had such a profound and at times, damaging effect on her life, she finds herself drawn to other men to numb the pain. She embarks on a series of affairs and relationships, some of which invariably end in tears and others that potentially place her life in danger. Despite her intentions to ‘find herself’ and some direction in life, she’s drawn to some less salubrious characters, as well as certain mind altering substances that do little to clarify her thought patterns, adding more confusion to an already confused mind. The story is in part based on my own real life experiences, as well as those of others I’ve known, with a large portion of imagination thrown in of course…
The story veers from light-hearted, amusing reading to moments of deeper introspection, darkness and intense hedonism.
Who is the book aimed at? Given the drug content and travel, my initial assessment would have been, ‘Alternative chick lit’ and ‘the young twenty something/backpackers’: Though let’s face it, those of us around at that time are well over twenty now! To set the mood, I’d perhaps describe it as having subtle murmurs of, ‘Hideous kinky’, ‘The beach’, combined with ‘Eat, pray, love’ but with the rawness of ‘Skins’ -This is all purely from a marketing perspective as I don’t like to pigeon hole: Whoever the book touches in some capacity is enough for me. Evidently the surrounding environment has hugely influenced my story and the setting: Just a clue for those who read the novel; the ‘fear and loathing’ moments in ‘Sodom and Gomorrah’- the centre of hedonism is based on a popular tourist resort on the Costa Blanca! The novel is available for sale on Amazon Kindle.
For those technophobes like myself who did not know this, you don’t have to own a KINDLE to read the kindle Ebooks-you can download the free Kindle App onto any PC or laptop with internet connection and read them there. Any aspiring authors who wish to publish an EBook and need some technical support-English speaking José Bertomeu at ciber La Sella was a brilliant help in the final stages of formatting.
Finally, I don’t believe my story is any more or less unique than anyone else’s, I’ve just chosen to tell it.
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