Two titles so far: Paradise and the Wheels of the World. I’m working on book three The Sump of Lost Dreams.
For a limited time, you can download The Wheels of the World for FREE by signing up to my Readers’ Club for occasional updates (and wallet-soothing special offers).
Paradise is already free at your favourite internet bookshop–see below–in a shameless attempt to force you to enjoy my writing at no cost.
I won this book from the site and absolutely loved it. A hysterical surrealist take on what is out there after life on earth, or next to life on earth, or simultaneous with life on earth, or whatever. A story of Gods in kilts, crystal clear memories, and walls made of our pixelated fears. Delightful. Jeannette M, Goodreads
I also won Paradise in the goodreads competition…and I am really glad that I did … Sometimes you want to hit the main character on the back of the head and tell him to stop being a wuss, but how would you react if you had to build a paradise controlled by some used-car-salesman-style gods? If you like quirky and surreal stories about the afterlife, then I would highly recommend Paradise. Katie Webb, Goodreads
A superb rollercoaster of a story; loved every minute! Phil Groom of the Christian Bookshops Blog
So hilariously funny! I’ve already started reading the next one. I would highly recommend this to just about anyone.‘ Stewartc85 on Goodreads
Myers is a great writer and his style is terrific… this was a great book Martin Gibbs Amazon.com, Goodreads.
What a great book! Loved the characters, the creativity, the dialogue, the imaginative idea of evil spirits keeping humans as pets …. There is much to think about beyond the story itself and the book gives a delightfully comic but definitely insightful look into the human psyche and soul … Susan Sutton, author
Loved the plot, the characters, the dialogue, the pace, the suspense, the surprises, the imagery, the metaphors, the depth, and the meaning. And I laughed a lot. It is really wonderful. Kenny Parker
Just read “Paradise” by Glenn Myers. Outstanding! A modern take on Danté that approaches C.S. Lewis in its joyful, inventive, insightful allegory. Strongly recommended to reading friends.
There will be a third title to the trilogy soon, called The Sump of Lost Dreams. Sign up to my reader’s club to get news and special offers.
Paradise – a Divine Comedy
(book 1 in the series)
You think you’ve got problems.
My favourite Afghan restaurant closed down. My girlfriend left. A bad-tempered lawyer named Keziah crashed her car into mine. And we couldn’t even die properly.
Paradise turned out to be a cage in the heavens where evil spirits market-tested new temptations, where everyone could see our memories, and where we were stuck forever.
A snake with a personality disorder offered us a way out. The trouble was, it meant facing up to the worst problem of all: Myself.
Paradise — a divine comedy is a disorderly romp through death, life, Afghan food and redemption.
(Book 2 in the series)
Thanks to a near-death experience, Jamie Smith can commute between earth and the heavens, where souls swim, ideas grow and improbable dollops of joy fall through the sky.
Jamie and his scary colleague Keziah have been recruited into an eccentric organization that tries to fix broken souls and change the course of history. Which is fine, except Jamie isn’t too sure about the health of his own soul—and definitely doesn’t want to find out.
He’d rather be working for The Department, the heavenly bureaucracy that plans the future universe and offers a 30-hour working week, enviable employee benefits, and a tennis-skirted line manager named Anna-Natasha.
As Jamie dithers, dark forces close in, and time runs out, he’s left with a decision: if he’s fleeing from himself, which way should he run?
The Wheels of the World is a comedy about how we change on the inside.
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Elevator pitch. Tell me why I should buy your comic fiction? It’s funny — at least I thought so — thought-provoking, vaguely explores big issues and my wife wants you to know that none of the female characters are based on her.
What’s the big idea? Using comic fiction to sneak up on people and ask profound questions about who we are, what the universe is like, what we do with our sense of lostness, and what risks we take to love and be loved.
All the best comedy, or all the comedy that I like the best, is a bit of a ridge-walk: a carefree hike but with scary drops on either side.
What were you on when you wrote these? Nothing, honest.
Where did you get the ideas? Can’t remember. I’ve always liked the idea of exploring ‘the world behind our world’. We work hard to present our bodies attractively, because that’s the part of us people see. But what do our souls look like? How can they be pictured? They are so big and real, so much the essence of who we are, and yet so abstract. By setting my book with one foot on earth and one in the afterlife, I’m able to have fun making visible what’s normally hidden.
I’ve borrowed the afterlife scenery from John Milton’s Paradise Lost. I’ve carefully stripped it of all epic and noble content, and made my fictional Pandemonium a place of bureaucracy, vanity, power struggles and sales conferences.
How long have you been writing? All my life. My first non-fiction book was published when I was 24. My second, published when I was 26, went on to sell around 50,000 copies. I peaked early.
What authors have inspired you?
English comic writers like P G Wodehouse, Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett. Then the science fiction writer Arthur C Clarke. When I saw him, a physicist and engineer, writing mind-stretching fiction and elegant and coherent non-fiction I knew what I wanted to do with my life.
Who’s your favourite character?
That would have to be Caroline, the ex-girlfriend of main protagonist, Jamie. She was supposed only to have a walk-on part, but I noticed that every time she appeared, Jamie lit up, and their relationship was irresistable to write about, limping along in its misunderstandings and asynchronous love. She’s so gorgeous and Jamie loves her so much, but he’s missed his chance. As I re-wrote drafts, Caroline kept insisting on having more scenes, and I saw how she could be a vehicle for Jamie’s gropings towards honesty about who he really was. How could I resist?
There’s a lot of food mentioned in the books: Afghan (murtabak), Indian (for example, roti prata), Singaporean Chinese (Hainanese Chicken Rice) and Malay (Mee Goreng, Laksa, Nasi Lemak). Have you eaten all these foods? Yes. It’s important.
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