Author Interview: “The Eejit’s Tale” by Brian G. Scott

I find the description for The Eejit’s Tale very compelling and chances are you will too. For me, it was compelling enough to click the link to Brian G. Scott’s page on Amazon to preview the book and learn more about it.

I am staying neutral on the politics of Northern Ireland here (though I have my opinions), but for those who have a deep interest in this subject, this The Eejit’s Tale will surely be of interest to you. 

Thomas D. Taylor

1.) Author’s name:

Brian G. Scott

2.) Most recent novel:

The Eejit’s Tale which may be found on Amazon here and here.

3.) Genre:

Adventure/Thriller – I’m not really very good at categorising my own work.

4.) What’s the approximate page count and word count?

Hard copy 450pp, approximate word count 175,000.

5.) Is this part of a series?

Well, there is a sequel nearly finished and if anyone liked the original and the sequel, there could well be a third novel

6.) If this is part of a series, how many books in the series so far and how many more in the series do you plan to write?

See 5.

7.) Give us a brief summary of the novel. 

Terrorists and drug deals in Belfast, Northern Ireland, corruption in government in Prague in the Czech Republic, and Belfast musician Sean McDevitt is right in the thick of it. His narrative takes you through the dark heart of the Northern Ireland paramilitary world, to the sophisticated heart of Europe and its emergence from communism to the criminal opportunities of capitalism.

Sean is a Belfast musician, in 1992 leading a rather aimless life. His situation goes downhill rapidly when he is blackmailed into participating in drug smuggling by a member of the IRA and by a former fellow musician, now a member of the Protestant paramilitary the UVF. The operation goes disastrously wrong, but he manages to flee the country – having snagged the finances for the operation. Arriving in Prague in Czechoslovakia, not long after the Velvet Revolution, he meets some local musicians, a new girlfriend and the owner of a Prague rock club, who finds him work as an ‘advisor’ in the Ministry of Privatisation.

He soon realises that he was hired as someone seen as naive and harmless, someone who can take the blame for dodgy dealings with high-worth property in the city. Having dug into the murky world of his new boss, he is exposed as an imposter, but manages to escape back to Ireland with the help of his girlfriend, her father and her father’s eccentric American friend. His intention is to confront the man who got him involved originally, and thus to try and clear his name. However, things don’t quite work out as planned!

Sex and drugs and rock’nroll, oh yes, and roast duck. This is a love story, a thriller, a comedy, and a tale of two cities and systems which the author knows well. This is also the tale of a man discovering himself and how to live and love. It throws light on life in troubled Northern Ireland and in post-communist Czechoslovakia, and is told with deep insight and knowledge, a lot of humour, and much love for both places.  

8.) What motivated you to write this book? 

Getting drunk in a forest outside Prague with a very good Czech friend who suggested the basics of the plot.  Next day it seemed a good way to start to beat the hangover, and it sort of went from there!

9.) What are some of the major themes that are explored in this book?

Terrorism and drug-dealing in Northern Ireland, corruption in the privatisation process in the Czech Republic immediately after the Velvet Revolution, love, music, self-development.

10.) What is your opinion about the genre in general?

Since I’m not too sure really to which genre my novel belongs, I’m not sure what my opinion is. You define the genre for me and I’ll give you an opinion.

11.) What do you think makes your book something that other people will like to read?

It’s well-written (I am a Leo and thus a supreme egotist) with a great plot. It’s funny in places, realistic the whole way through (I saw terrorism in NI at first hand, and saw the corruption in post-communist CZ), the characters are based on real folk and many of the events ditto. Friends who have read it have been most complimentary behind my back, so…?  It’s better than most of the paperbacks I buy on spec when travelling!

12.) Anything else you’d like to add? 

I’d like honest opinions on it.  If folk think it’s s****, I’d rather hear that than ‘Oh it’s not bad!’ or similar disinterested comment. If it doesn’t make people laugh or think, then it would be a failure as far as I’m concerned.
 
Best wishes
 
Brian

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