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Harold Hill author channels his inner pain for second book

PUBLISHED: 12:00 01 April 2017

Ian Ayris.

Ian Ayris.

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Five years ago 47-year-old Ian Ayris was coming home from the supermarket with his children when a voice popped into his head.

The front cover of April Skies. The front cover of April Skies.

It was the voice of a distinctly working class East End character and once Ian arrived home he immediately began writing it down.

Like many of us Ian, from Harold Hill, suddenly had a flash of inspiration but, unlike many of us, he followed it through.

Fast forward to 2017 and Ian has had two novels, Abide with Me and April Skies, and audiobooks published and is already planning his third of his John Sissons series.

Ian’s books follow the trials and tribulations of John, a fanatical West Ham fan, as he attempts to put a troubled past behind him but inadvertently gets caught up with a notorious local gangster. Following the success of Abide with Me Ian’s own life was “turned upside down” when he divorced from his wife and had to move house.

Ian channelled his personal pain into April Skies which he says is a more intense and grittier novel than the first.

“Not long after (the first novel) I got divorced and had to move house – it’s been an emotional few years and the nature of the (second) book was born out of that really.

“In the first book the main character is on the outside looking in, the second is about him being more of a part of it and having to be a man.

“He’s a lad that has a really big heart and is street-wise but has a heart of gold, when it comes to it he wouldn’t hurt a fly. He is someone that is very vulnerable and in daily life he puts on a front.”

Karl Jenkinson has narrated the first John Sissons book for audio form and Ian was delighted that he returned to do the sequel.

“I was chuffed when Karl asked to narrate the book again. He did such a brilliant job on the first book that I have every trust in him that he would deliver again and he has. It is a vivid reading of the book and one which easily matches Abide with Me.”

April Skies audiobook can be downloaded from Audible, Amazon and iTunes.

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