Gordon Ferris has been hailed as the ‘The new Ian Rankin’ by national reviewers. Gordon would prefer to be the new Graham Greene and thinks he writes love stories with a few murders thrown in for effect. In his chequered career he’s been a techie in the Ministry of Defence and a partner in one of the Big Four accountancy firms. Maybe that’s where he gets his interest in guns and crooks.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I had to write Money Tree. In a previous life I worked in international banking and grew increasingly outraged at the shady dealings and greed that drove the business. When I heard about the work of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh and the personal story of its remarkable founder - Professor Muhammad Yunus - the story erupted in my head. Nothing is black and white, and no-one is truly good or evil, but Money Tree gave me the opportunity to explore morality and its consequences in the form of an international thriller.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've written six novels, all published by Atlantic Books in the UK. I've sold some 400,000 copies [ebooks, paperbacks and hardbacks] of my two crime/thriller series: the 'Brodie' and 'McRae novels. I wanted to stretch myself by writing something broader, more contemporary and tackling some of the bigger social issues. All my publisher wanted was more in the 'crime' series. Money Tree is my break for freedom!
A destitute village-woman plunges into the teeming streets of New Delhi to escape the daily embrace of usury. In New York a top American journalist savages the explosively growing People’s Bank for ripping off the poor. Erin Wishart, an obstinate Scottish banker, accuses him of lies and distortions. Their search for the truth uncovers a dark story of ruthless ambition and global crime. And murder.