by Mark Cantrell on Nov.22, 2009, under NEWS
SINCE launching this blog, I can't remember how many years ago, things have moved somewhat with my writing, so my online presence has moved to pastures new.
Later this year, my second novel SILAS MORLOCK will be published by the independent publisher Inspired Quill (IQ). In preparation for that, I have established a new domained website and associated blog called, simply enough, 'Mark Cantrell, Author'.
This site, while remaining very much relevant, has also become something of a historical site; all the latest news and essential information about CITIZEN ZERO (and the rest of my writing) can now be found at my new website, so I hope you'll head on over and take a look.
Back in its beginning, I launched this site to actually publish the earlier version of CITIZEN ZERO. Then back in 2006, I got a book deal with a newstart publisher called 'Writers of Worlds'. The book was duly edited, the cover designed, and so forth, ready for publication on the launch list.
Of course, the publisher didn't want virtually the entire novel readable here, so I deleted much of it, and reconfigured the site to provide a dedicated source of information to promote the book, ready for its publication.
Unfortunately, in the end the venture never got off the ground, and I returned to the grind of seeking out a publisher.
Meanwhile, the Indie publishing scene was burgeoning, then far beyond the horizons of my awareness. By the time I took notice, the world was changing. The credit crunch turned to full-on recession, the Labour Party was ousted from office in the 2010 general election, the Conservatives didn't quite win and so cut a deal with the LibDems to form the Coalition Government, the whiff of austerity reeked.
The rest is history; the history of my novel, CITIZEN ZERO. The book, largely written in the mid to late 1990s and finalised by May 2001, had finally found its era. We're living the unwritten prequel in the here and now. Well, it feels like it.
So, I self-published, releasing CITIZEN ZERO around July 2010 in PDF format, and then for the Kindle and other digital formats in December the same year. This site kind of found a new lease of life, but now the torch is passed to my new site, where I hope you'll join me -- not just for CITIZEN ZERO but for SILAS MORLOCK too.
1 March 2013
Welcome To 'Broken Britain'
After austerity came prosperity and stability, but it was bought at a terrible price...
In a surveillance society blind where it matters most, a deadly conspiracy is ready to strike...
A dictatorial Prime Minister, confident of his grip on power, is about to discover the limits of his strength...
A security operative turned terrorist is all set to bring down the man he once helped to steal power...
Welcome to Britain, a nation bitterly divided between rich and poor, as it teeters on the edge of chaos...
And unemployed David Mills is caught in the middle, torn from the woman he loves and thrown in to a terrible struggle to survive…
He’s a ‘zero’, one of the destitute millions, a nobody, but he’s also the one man who might salvage some kind of freedom out of the ruins of the future...
No wonder the Prime Minister wants him dead...
A dark warning of the dangers of abandoning social justice, Citizen Zero creates a powerful amalgam of science fiction, political thriller and social satire to present a dystopian world born out of today's austerity.
The result is a compelling and powerful future shocker rooted firmly in the social landscape of today. The Boys From The Black Stuff meet The Matrix and joins forces with V For Vendetta to create a disturbing vision of tomorrow's Britain.
Are you ready for the future?
About The Author
A coffee-guzzling journalist turned novelist and occasional poet, Mark Cantrell lives and works by the weave of his words.
By day, he works for a media company in Manchester, England, where he writes about the social housing industry. It provides plenty of fuel to keep the old social conscience simmering.
The rest of the time, Mark chases the literary dream.
He is the author of two novels, a host of short stories, and a multitude of articles and thought-provoking essays. Over the years, his writings have appeared in a number of small press 'zines, websites, and multi-author collections.
His fictional work tends to fall into the realms of science fiction and fantasy, with a little macabre horror thrown in for good measure, but he's not averse to touching upon social and political themes too.
That's certainly true of Mark's first novel, the dystopian science fiction thriller, Citizen Zero (Indie release, 2010), but it's also there, twisted into the DNA, of his second, the macabre urban fantasy, Silas Morlock (Inspired Quill, 2013).
Born and bred in Bradford, Mark now lives in Stoke-on-Trent, though he remains proud of his Yorkshire heritage.
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