The Holy Ghost Fathers were grim, but girls from the Jacobs biscuit factory were great. I wrote short stories at Trinity College Dublin before moving to the Athens Daily Post. Here, in the port of Pireaus, worldly dark-haired women asked if one would like to have a good time, while in Syntagma Square tourists talked admiringly about the Acropolis and the Parthenon.
Back in London on my first booze-fuelled tabloid it was 'deliver, or you're out!' As an assistant leader-writer I duly attacked the Germans in sixty words and praised the virtues of British farmers in one hundred and twenty. It was much the same on tabloids two and three where I frequently had to invent disgracefully scandalous stories about celebs, politicians and others who just happened to be in the news - see blog posts 46 & 40-31 on my website ... but then I started writing fiction ... and now I'm in heaven!!
For blogs + my dark humour nuclear terror and neo-Nazi thrillers visit my http://www.writerrowan.com website & I'm on Twitter @WriterRowan
Where to find Phil Rowan online
Harps & Tears
Harps & Tears is a dark humour thriller that centres on Bronkovski: a Polish American nuclear scientist whose wife left him for a Jewish environmentalist. He is furious, and intent on revenge against the state of Israel. When we meet him, he is making a nuclear bomb in rural Ireland's West Cork for ruthless Islamic activists.
Weimar Vibes is a dark humour/satirical story in a thriller framework. Set a few years hence, it mirrors elements of 1930s German chaos in the UK tomorrow.
It won a gold star and was rated as the most popular novel on HarperCollins Authonomy in October 2009.
Dark Clouds centres on al-Qaeda terrorists who hope to cause nuclear mayhem in London. The main character, Flynn, enjoys a drink and is empathetic with friendly females ... but is he really up for tackling dangerous Islamic jihadists – people that see Westerners as misguided infidels who need to experience the purifying wrath of Allah?
Under Cover has right-wing/anti-immigrant tendencies escalating in Europe with increasing conflict between moderate Muslims and radical Islamists. American journalist Rudi Flynn is recruited by a US/UK intelligence team to counter Iranian activists who are plotting to nuke soft Western targets.
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