New fiction (Buried River Press): Squeezed by David Atkinson

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If your wife organized a threesome for you on your honeymoon, what would you do?

Scott is shocked by his wife Hannah’s suggestion, but hesitantly agrees to go along with it. Back home, both feel a little guilty about their encounter with a Thai prostitute called Marilyn, but soon put it behind them when they discover Hannah is pregnant. They must both fight to keep their family together when Marilyn turns up on their doorstep, six months pregnant, and Scott comes to realize that in life there is often a price to pay for indiscretion. Squeezed is a story about family, and how sometimes we don’t appreciate what we’ve got until it’s gone.

David Atkinson

David Atkinson was born in Glasgow, but now enjoys a hectic life in Edinburgh with his wife and two young daughters. His adopted city provides him with much of his writing inspiration; enjoying particularly the areas of Portobello, Newhaven and Duddingston. His first novel Love Byte was also published by Robert Hale and has been shortlisted for the Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year Award 2015 by the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

Find out more about David and his books by visiting www.davidatkinsonauthor.com

Praise for Love Byte

Shortlisted for the Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year Award 2015 by the Romantic Novelists’ Association

‘A story with laugh out loud moments, heart rending events and a nice easy flowing style’ –Trip Fiction

‘Anyone who likes their romance with a touch of realism and not too much syrup will adore this book’ –Read Reviewed

Buy your copy of Squeezed here.

Putting the man in romantic fiction: Love Byte author believes rom-coms aren’t just for women

David Atkinson

David Atkinson

Interview by Esther Lee

How did Love Byte begin?

When I started writing Love Byte, it wasn’t in my head that I was writing romantic comedy until I started laughing at some of the ideas I’d sketched out. It’s not ‘slushy’, as I focused more on building characters into real people who you can believe in. There are sad bits and funny bits so Love Byte isn’t your traditional, stereotypical romantic comedy, but there’s romance and comedy in it so it sits in the rom-com category reasonably comfortably.

What challenges, if any, presented themselves while you were writing Love Byte?

The first decision I made with Love Byte was to write it in the first person. It is a challenge writing in this way as it is difficult to widen out the narrative so what you write has to be tight, interesting and disciplined. I think, though, the decision to give the main protagonist’s view-point rather than multiple views allows me to create more in-depth characters. It’s a style I have also employed for my next book.

The male perspective is certainly a fresh, somewhat alien one for romantic fiction. Do you feel that male, rom-com authors might struggle with this genre?

I can’t help but give the male perspective on anything I write, it’s all I know. Whilst it is unusual for a man to write this kind of story it does, I feel, give a different slant to things. I don’t believe that writing in this genre as a man is necessarily any more difficult than it is for a woman. I’m sure more men will write in this genre in the future; the key (as with all books) is coming up with something fresh and/or from a different angle. I believe that the choices and issues are the same, regardless of gender.

Some people tend to be put off romantic fiction. Why do you think that is?

I’m not sure I agree that romantic fiction is treated dismissively, I suppose it might be by those who like literal fiction but good romantic fiction, especially romantic comedies, can be very commercial and transfer well from book to film/stage. The market is usually women, but I believe what I write is accessible to both genders.

May we have a cheeky peek at your next novel?

My next project begins with a ménage à trios that causes ripples of upset and comedy for the people concerned, and I suppose has an old-fashioned message that everything has its consequences. I like to think that anyone who reads one of my books is able to identify with the characters and what they are going through, and that they could see it happening to them should circumstances conspire against them. The ending should leave them feeling good and if I can evoke an emotional response from readers then I, and the book, has done its job.

What do you think makes a good rom-com?

Lothian Life calls David Atkinson’s Love Byte ‘delightful’ and ‘quirky’

9781910208014Lothian Life have reviewed Edinburgh-based romantic comedy Love Byte by David Atkinson and are impressed by the balance the author strikes in this ‘quirky’ tale.

‘It’s not an easy course to follow, but David Atkinson gets the balance just right and has produced a delightful romantic comedy that will make great holiday reading.’

For the full review, check out Lothian Life.

Love Byte is available to buy now.

OUT NOW: Love Byte by David Atkinson

Love Byte by David AtkinsonDavid Atkinson was born in Glasgow, but now enjoys a hectic life in Edinburgh with his wife and two young daughters. He has previously been involved with repertory theatre, performing in various shows, and contributing to script and production work. Edinburgh, with its vibrant and energetic literary heritage and independent and quirky bookshops, provides his inspiration.

Love Byte by David Atkinson

If your dead wife emailed offering to find you a new girlfriend, what would you do?

Andy Hunter is a single father trying to balance the demands of a 2-year-old daughter, an interfering but well-meaning mother-in-law and a job he is always in danger of losing. So, when he receives a series of delayed emails from his late wife Lindsay telling him to date, it seems like a good idea.

With Lindsay’s emails spurring him on, Andy weaves a path of disharmony and chaos amongst his close friends and family, but soon discovers he is not cut out for modern dating.

Filled with laugh-out-loud situations and moments of soul-searching, this heart-warming, moving romantic comedy set in Edinburgh, is a bitter-sweet tale of second chances and self-discovery.

Love Byte by David Atkinson is available to buy now

LOVE BYTE Dating Competition

Love Byte by David AtkinsonAndy Hunter is a single father trying to balance the demands of a 2-year-old daughter, an interfering but well-meaning mother-in-law and a job he is always in danger of losing. So, when he receives a series of delayed emails from his late wife Lindsay telling him to date, it seems like a good idea. With Lindsay’s emails spurring him on, Andy weaves a path of disharmony and chaos amongst his close friends and family, but soon discovers he is not cut out for modern dating. Filled with laugh-out-loud situations and moments of soul-searching, this heart-warming, moving romantic comedy set in Edinburgh, is a bittersweet tale of second chances and self-discovery.

In Love Byte, Andy Hunter goes on some pretty horrendous dates that will make you laugh and cringe in equal measure.

For your chance to win a copy of this new romantic comedy, just tweet your worst date using the hashtag #lovebytedating. (UK only)