#CharacterSpotlight · #SleepStealer · Author Takeover · Crime Thriller · Robert Enright · Sci-Fi · Self-published author

#CharacterSpotlight #Bermuda by Robert Enright @REnright_Author #IndieAuthor #GuestPost #SleepStealer

Robert Enright introduced me a genre I NEVER thought I’d read. I won a copy of his novel, Doorways, back in 2016, it sat on my TBR pile for about six months until I read it and boy was I sorry I waited so long!!

Since then, Enright has released The Absent Man and he flipping killed me off in this one! I’m beginning to wonder why I love the guy so much!

Anyway, now we have Bermuda. Which takes us back to the beginning and tells us how Bermuda and his team came together. 

And Enright joins me today to shine the spotlight on Bermuda.

When did you create Bermuda Jones?

I think I created Bermuda about three or four years ago. It was a very different story to begin with, as there was no Otherside nor was there a BTCO. The original story was of a private eye with a medical condition and his medication allowed him to see bizarre things for a limited time. However, he specialised in finding missing people so adopted the name Bermuda. So it was very different, especially when I conceived the whole other world, agency and abilities etc.

But Bermuda stuck and, in fact, in the new book (imaginatively titled Bermuda, you find out how he got that nickname to begin with.

Did you write the book to accommodate Bermuda or Bermuda to accommodate the book?

I think they went hand in hand. As I developed the idea of The Otherside, Bermuda’s character swiftly changed from an obnoxious private eye with zero motivation, to a down trodden agent who is just trying to do the right thing by his daughter. The more the story progressed, the more Bermuda grew.

What do you like most about him?

That deep down, despite his cynicism and disregard for authority, he does the right thing. That has always been the underlying characteristic that I have tried to do throughout every book. He isn’t a trained detective like most stories, nor is he an action hero. He is just a normal guy with a quick mind and an even quicker tongue. But deep down, he has a strong sense of right and wrong and proves to be pretty selfless. I also like how foul mouthed and witty he can be.

The key part of the whole book is the relationship between Bermuda and Argyle and I think their friendship shines through. Writing their scenes is a blast and I can’t wait to revisit them, especially after what happened in The Absent Man!

What do you like least about Bermuda?

I dislike how much he has had to sacrifice and how a lot of things have been taken away from him! I know I am responsible for that, but there is a chapter in Doorways that revisits his life, how he met and fell in love with his ex-wife and how eventually, his curse took away his family. It’s quite sad and I do feel horrid when I write about them drifting further apart.

Did your early readers/editorial team like him to start with or did you have to change him in any way?

Thankfully, Bermuda and Argyle have been very well received, however there were two characteristics for Bermuda that were disliked in Doorways. His negativity and his smoking, both of which, I was happy to address in the following books.

Any negative reviews haven’t really come from the characters so to speak, but more from the genre, as this isn’t the usual crime series people love to read. This is about secret worlds, monstrous creatures and special powers. But at the heart of it, it’s rooted in humanity and I’ve had some reasons tell me they wish they had their very own Argyle.

Does he have any similarities with anyone real?

I think most authors put a little of themselves in their characters, so a few of my thoughts and feelings on certain things may shine through. Beyond that, I base side characters on those who have been massively supportive to me through my writing career. I am good friends with a Brett Archer (Bermuda’s best friend) and Denham (who has a key role in Bermuda) is based on another close friend of mine.

 What are your plans for Bermuda?

I currently have six books planned, with a long arching story running through them. Most exciting, is the next book is looking likely to see Bermuda return to the Otherside, which is going to be very fun!

 Would you be friends in real life?

I reckon so. We both like to drink. We both like to moan. We both like to fight paranormal creatures in the shadows of this world. (One of those isn’t true.)

I think we would get along okay. But Argyle and I? Like a house on fire!

I have to say, you’ve made my day telling me there are SIX more books planned!

What a treat the world is in for!

Now, readers, if you’ve not read any of these books yet, Bermuda is a great place to start. It’s a fantastic introduction to the team, the Otherside and the wonderful world Enright has created.

Here’s the blurb …

Discover how it all began…

Franklyn Jones is a devoted husband, a loving father and a middle manager working in London. His only secret is he can see ‘The Otherside’, a world that hides in the shadows of our own. After his claims of these creatures leads to the loss of his family and his commitment to a mental health facility, Franklyn’s life came to a complete stand still.

Eventually, Franklyn is recruited by the BTCO, a secret agency that monitors and maintains the truce between both worlds. Thrust into an advanced training regime based on his ‘gifts’, Franklyn soon finds himself out on his first case, investigating the disappearance of several people in Elveden Forest in Suffolk.

Closely monitored by his trainer, Denham, Franklyn edges further into this new world, hunting a violent entity that lives within the trees, whilst also being watched by a mysterious warrior.

The explosive prequel novella to DOORWAYS and THE ABSENT MAN, BERMUDA takes you back to where it all started.

Are you ready for the answers?

This Little Bookworm recommends you go and get a copy NOW!!!!

About the author …

Robert Enright

Robert Enright was born in North London and resides in Chesham, Buckinghamshire with his fiance, working earnestly to write for a living and dreaming of the day he can get a dog.

He is the author of the best selling ‘Bermuda Jones Case Files’ and is currently working on a new series, based around a vigilante tackling organised crime.

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Website – https://www.robertenright.co.uk
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