AUTHOR Christopher McShane hopes his new rib-tickling novel will get book fans on Wearside chuckling.
The scribe, of Concord, Washington, has penned comedy-fantasy novel The Adventure.
Christopher, 50, says he has taken years to write the book which he painstakingly put together while caring for his mum Mary, who died of cancer in 2010, aged 83.
It is Christopher’s second novel. His first was a science fiction adventure called Fight The Metal Monster, but this is the first to make it into print.
“I’ve always been inspired by fantasy and I’m interested in comedy so I wanted to combine the two and that’s why I wrote this book,” he said. “But it is hard to find publishers, so it’s just coming out now.
“I really hope the book will take off.”
Christopher added that as a youngster he was inspired by a giant of the science fiction world to start writing himself.
Among other classics of the genre, HG Wells famously wrote The War of the Worlds which detailed a Martian invasion of London.
“I think it’s hard to compare my work to anyone else, but I do write in the first person like HG Wells did,” added Christopher.
“He is my favourite writer. I read his books when I was a teenager and he had the greatest impact on me.”
Multi-talented Christopher is also a keen musician, having played guitar in North East bands such as Morocco and Karma.
“I’ve always been writing things like short stories, but I’ve also written songs and other pieces,” he said.
Fans of his work have been told that there is more to come in the near future.
“I’m writing the sequel to The Adventure now and hope to finish it before Christmas,” added Christopher.
“Hopefully it will be out next year.”
The Adventure can be bought from most bookshops or ordered by visiting www.fast-print.net/bookshop and is priced £13.99 in paperback and £18.99 in hardback.