Sex. Money. Power. Control. Benjamin wants it all.
He is Bennie, a loving husband and father; Benjie, a beloved son. He climbs the ladder as Ben, a corporate banker, and rakes in money as a bestselling author. And when he wants to escape it all, Benjamin styles himself as Jamie — the lover of a beautiful musician.
His life, in a word, is perfect. But after years of keeping his separate personae a secret, cracks begin to appear in the façade.
When an unexpected series of events topples Benjamin’s carefully crafted world, his separate lives collide with dire consequences.
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Author Bio –
Having the background of a successful career in commerce and finance, Zach Abrams has spent many years writing reports, letters and presentations and it’s only fairly recently he started writing novels. “It’s a more honourable type of fiction,” he declares.
Writer of the Alex Warren Murder Mystery series, set in Scotland, Zach has also written the psychological thriller ‘Ring Fenced’ and the financial thriller ‘Source’, as well as collaborating with Elly Grant on a book of short stories.
Zach is currently producing a non-fiction series to help small businesses -using the collective title ‘Mind Your Own Business’. The first, ‘So, You Think You Want to be a Landlord’ is already available.
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Although I’ve had cause to write reports and presentations throughout my working life, it’s only fairly recently that I’ve started writing fiction (if you don’t count some of the creative embellishments in my reports).
My wife is the author, Elly Grant and after observing how much enjoyment she received from her writing I was attracted to give it a try. I was pleased with my first attempts writing flash fiction and this gave me the bug.
My first venture into full length storytelling came when I had the idea of a character I wanted to write about. He was influenced by my business experience where I’d often seen (and personally experienced) situations of people having to play multiple roles in their working life requiring them to compartmentalise their different responsibilities and ‘ring fence’ each of them.
The idea I had for my character, Benjamin, was an extreme version of compartmentalisation. He was someone who used his intelligence, wealth and power to consciously ring fence the different aspects of his life, creating a separate personae for each, where he was careful to ensure they didn’t overlap or influence one other. One ‘life’ was time spent with his birth family, another with his wife and children, a third was his work life as director of a commercial bank, a fourth as a writer of pornographic literature and joint owner of the very successful company which published his material, and finally, a separate version of himself for time spent with his mistress.
At the start, I had no idea that the piece would end up as a novel. I devised his five different lives, and I started writing about him and how he functioned. I tried to put myself inside his head to imagine what he was experiencing. As I did, different plot lines developed although I truly didn’t know where it was going. It was as if the story was revealing itself to me as I was writing. [perhaps this was a sixth (hidden) persona Benjamin had, narrating books to authors.] Various adventure aspects developed when Benjamin’s wife confided in him that a former boyfriend of hers was trying to blackmail her, with photos he’d taken when they’d been in a relationship many years earlier. Benjamin uses resources from his other ‘lives’ to take ownership of the problem, seeking to administer his own version of justice. In doing so he creates cracks in the integrity of the ring fenced walls he’d so meticulously constructed. You’ll need to read the book to find out what happened next and how Benjamin and others dealt with the consequences.
After publishing Ring Fenced, I went on to write my Alex Warren series (four murder mystery books set in Glasgow) and my financial crime thriller Source. I’ve also written a non-fiction book– So, You Think You Want to be a Landlord; it’s a reader friendly guide book for people aspiring to be residential property landlords and the first of my planned self-help books in the series, Mind Your Own Business. It’s difficult to motivate myself to write non-fiction when exercising my imagination writing crime and thrillers is so much more fun.
Currently, I’m part way through writing a new book, with the working title, “133 Hours.” It’s a claustrophobic psychological thriller where, for the first time, I’m writing in the first person. I hope it may become available for publication in autumn 2019. After that, who knows?