Monday, 28 May 2012

Love & Death in Paris '97

This last weekend I had the amazing opportunity to attend Word on the Lake, a festival for readers and writers in Salmon Arm, BC.  One of the highlights for me was listening to author Eric Wilson speak about his interesting writing career, how he came to write mystery novels for reluctant readers, and the changing face of publishing.

Mr. Wilson decided he wanted to write a book for adults as a tribute to Princess Diana, but under a psuedonom, Eric Hamilton, so as not to confuse kids and have them read his adult book.  Because of this, his publisher refused to publish it, so he decided to do it himself.  The route he's chosen is to offer it in the Kindle lending library (I didn't even know that existed!).  Here is a paragraph from his Facebook page about this project:

Love and Death in Paris ’97 can now be borrowed from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library (KDP Select). Use the quick link at the website to get it. Author Eric Hamilton’s goal is to make his Princess Diana tribute novel the most borrowed book on KDP Select. Please tell your friends and let’s make it happen for this suspenseful, great story.

This sounded like such a great project that I wanted to share it with others.  I haven't read this particular book yet myself, but I plan to.  However, I know from reading his children's books, that Mr. Wilson is a compelling and interesting writer.

Here is a synopsis of the book from his webpage:
This suspenseful novel contains themes of love and loss, peace and forgiveness. It follows the adventures of Daniel Plain, a young man from Seattle who moves in Paris in the fateful year of 1997. Daniel’s life becomes intertwined with events linked to Diana, Princess of Wales, and he finds himself in great danger as he seeks to unravel the mysteries surrounding the tragic loss of the people’s princess.

In this novel about Princess Diana, readers experience events in Paris and London in 1997. The “Queen of Hearts” is seen in Paris visiting an AIDS clinic. Her love affair with Dodi Fayed unfolds, followed by the sad events at the Alma Tunnel. Author Eric Hamilton (pen name of bestselling mystery writer Eric Wilson) explores the conspiracy theories surrounding the death of Lady Di, and takes the readers to the south of France where the murder of a paparazzo sheds new light on the loss of the Princess. Fans of royalty will love this novel, as will those who enjoy Turner Classic Movies!


  1. Sounds very interesting. I still remember where I was when I heard that Princess Diana had died. Thanks for sharing!


    1. I remember where I was too. I'm sure this will be an intriguing read.


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