North Swindon author publishes second novel, Dark Horse

By Ben Fitzgerald - 31 August 2016

Arts and Culture

Claire Fleming from Haydon End has just published her second novel, having enjoyed success with her debut, Dark Horse, which is selling well via Amazon in Europe, America and in the UK.

She hopes the latest novel, Drowning will follow in its footsteps.

Claire, who works full time for Swindon Borough Council, has been writing in her spare time since she was at junior school. She said: “I use my website and social media to spread the word about my books, but I’ve found that the personal touch is really effective. I’ve made new friends on local Facebook sites and I combined the launch of my second novel with a book signing at the Lambourn Open Day. People were interested in the fact I was there in person and wanted to know more about the writing process.”

Dark Horse was written over the course of a year - on long train journeys and also in Central Library. It tells the tale of a graduate forced to go on the run in sleepy Gloucestershire.

Drowning is set in 2025 and is more political. It was inspired by a non fiction book about the environmental challenges facing the human race, and whether technology has the answers.

Claire explained: “I was on holiday in a hot country and overhead a lady say that she didn’t feel guilty about using plenty of water, as she’d paid for it. I wanted to capture that sentiment in a story. It’s not as heavy as it sounds. It’s still a warm, humorous tale, but hopefully makes the reader think more about our actions, our greed and consumerism.

“I’m now planning a sequel to Dark Horse because people are wanting more with these characters.”

Both books are available on Kindle, or in paperback and are stocked in Central Library.

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Photo: Richard Wintle of Calyx

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