Aslacton Author Michael Bolger releases fantasy novel Beige Angels
An Aslacton author has released his latest fantasy novel, answering all things heavenly.
How are angels chosen? How are they trained and tested? And what do they do after they have been trained?
Well, according to author Michael Bolger, they do not sit on a cloud playing a harp.
In his book, Beige Angels, their lives are much more exciting. The idea for the book was inspired by his upbringing in a convent school, where Michael was taught by nuns.
The 67-year-old said: “I thought that perhaps there were angels wandering around on Earth, who could put things right. But, because I was brought up by nuns, I didn’t want my book to have anything to do with religion.”
He first started writing it 10 years ago, but got side-tracked into writing a fantasy series, King Nodge.
Now, the father-of-two is excited to see the book finally published after three years of writing.
“It hit me when a box arrived and I opened it up and the books where in there.
“ I was thinking ‘ten years ago I started this’ and it’s been a journey I have thoroughly enjoyed,” said Michael.
Having always had a desire to write, he applied to be a trainee reporter at the Eastern Daily Press, a job he later turned down to work at Macintosh instead.
In 2001, he founded a recruitment company, Badger Associates, which is now run by his son, before finding his way back to the keyboard.
Beige Angels, which is partially set in Norfolk, is aimed at young adults and grown-ups.
“When you read it, you will wish to be an angel,” said Michael. “The book gives people hope that perhaps there is more after we die.”
Since the launch on January 24, he has been nervous about people’s reactions.
“I’d like to think that I am not sensitive to criticism, but publishing a book is very nerve-racking,” he said. “So far, I have had only positive responses from people saying they are at the beginning of the book and already hooked.”
Beige Angels is published by Pegasus Publishing and is available to order at all major bookshops and from Amazon, the online retailer.