"Inspired by true events" sums up the reason Alan has written two thrillers.
In the first case, the murder of a servant woman in Victorian Glasgow prompted a present-day investigation by librarian Billie Vane and Chrissie Fersen, an American descendant of a person involved in that crime. (The Murder Tree was published by Matador in October 2013.)
For the second book in the series, Billie gets drawn into researching new evidence for the sinking of the Titanic, unaware that this will also put his life under threat from the ambitions and sexual perversions of a former government minister.
Teaser: Why does Billie spell his name the female way? The explanation is within the pages of The Titanic Document!
I blame the BBC he said.
Listening to the radio as a kid, it fermented my imagination. Then as soon as I got into theatre at the age of twenty, my first director was playing a central character in Radio 4' s The Archers! So I just HAD to start writing dialogue, and it went on from there.
Alan Veale's reasons for becoming a writer are immersed in the theatre. That radio actor/director in The Archers was the late Colin Skipp (Tony Archer), who became both an acting mentor and a life-long friend. Colin suggested Alan try writing scripts for the BBC, but the idea didn't appeal. Instead Alan enjoyed around thirty years performing in leading roles onstage, as well as writing for amateur performance. But one inspiration for a script never made it to the theatre, and it wasn't until Alan tried his hand at turning his idea into a novel that The Murder Tree proved he had a wider writing skill than he realised.
While still performing professionally when the occasion allows, Alan has continued to self-publish. His second (non-fiction) book A Kangaroo In My Sideboard is a personal memoir, written in his mother's voice, and covers the family's experience migrating to Australia in 1949.
Now Alan has returned to fiction with his second thriller The Titanic Document. Inspired by a new theory on the reasons behind the 1912 tragedy, and by recent political scandals in the UK, it has several of the characters first introduced in The Murder Tree, while following a darker theme that is definitely for adults only.
Aside from books, Alan co-writes comedy sketches for podcasts performed by The Red Rose Tattoo with long-time friend Peter Franksson.