Today on The Tattooed Book Geek I am pleased to be taking part in the blog tour for Stealth (Rina Walker #4) by Hugh Fraser featuring a guest post from the author himself.
Stealth is actually released today, October 4th so I have the pleasure of hosting on the actual publication day. Also, as a blogger, sometimes we are lucky enough that we get to feature authors who we are big fans of and for me, this is one of those times. Now, admittedly, I haven’t (yet) read any of the books that Hugh Fraser has released but as well as being an author he is also an actor and famous for appearing in both Agatha Christie’s Poirot as Captain Arthur Hastings and in Sharpe as Lord Wellington (Sir Arthur Wellesley). Both of those TV shows are absolute classics and whilst Sharpe was something that I enjoyed. For Poirot, I can remember way back in the day when it first aired watching it with my parents and from the initial hour episodes through to the two-hour episodes and the final ever episode, Curtain, it was a tremendous show.
That’s not to say that Hugh Fraser hasn’t appeared in film and other TV shows too, he has. Simply that those are the two shows that I remember him from and to have someone who appeared in Poirot appear, well, not only appeared but stared many times as Poirot’s companion on my little blog is an absolute privilege!
Guest Post: Actor/Writer
Actors tend to spend a fair amount of time out of work, which gives them ample opportunity to consider other ways of occupying themselves and a fair few of the actors I know have taken to writing, including myself. As to whether dressing up in clothes one would never normally wear and saying someone else’s words make for a greater facility to write engaging fiction is an interesting question.
I think perhaps there may be one aspect of the actor’s trade which bears upon the activity of writing and that would be the creation of a character. When an actor gets a job, and he or she has recovered from the initial shock and disbelief, a script arrives. Once it has been read and the general gist of the story has been absorbed the only clue to understanding the person one is playing and how one is going to pull it off (I nearly said: get away with it), is contained within the lines that the person says. Description is minimal in scripts and mostly restricted to location and setting. All one has to guide one towards building a character is the words they say.
When it comes to writing, I believe there may be a kind of reversal of this process for an
actor whereby he or she may have developed a facility to depict a character economically and succinctly when committing dialogue to the page without the need to describe reactions, thoughts and feelings in great detail but simply to express them through what the character says.
Non-actor writer: Dorothy became aware of a sensation of molten hatred coursing through her consciousness as she turned away from the young man, uttering a jagged reproof.
Actor-writer: Get stuffed you wanker!
Stealth (Rina Walker #4).
- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: Urbane Publications (4 Oct. 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1911583662
- ISBN-13: 978-1911583660
- Amazon UK.
When a step out of line means a fight to the death…
London 1967. A working girl is brutally murdered in a Soho club. Rina Walker takes out the killer and attracts the attention of a sinister line-up of gangland enforcers with a great deal to prove.
When a member of British Military Intelligence becomes aware of her failure to fulfill a contract issued by an inmate of Broadmoor, he forces her into the deadly arena of the Cold War, with orders to kill an enemy agent.
Rina needs to call upon all her dark skills, not simply to survive, but to protect the ones she loves.
About Hugh Fraser.
Hugh Fraser is best known for playing Captain Hastings in Agatha Christie’s ‘Poirot’ and the Duke of Wellington in ‘Sharpe’. His films include Patriot Games, 101 Dalmatians, The Draughtsman’s Contract and Clint Eastwood’s Firefox. In the theatre he has appeared in Teeth’n’Smiles at the Royal Court and Wyndhams and in several roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He also composed the theme to Rainbow!
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