CLONAKILTY based author Simon Butterworth is celebrating a book deal with top UK publishers Pegasus with the launch of his new novel The Rents, a comical coming of age tale about an eventful summer holiday for teenage boy Jim.
With his final days of school behind him and college still over a month away, Jim has decided to make the most of the longest summer break since he started school. Every year “The Rents” (the name he has adopted for his parents) have taken him on a summer holiday and this year he is determined to make it a special one.
The only thing that’s bugging him is that no-one is telling him where they are going! But whatever, its two weeks of summer sun to forget all the worries and stress of his pending exam results, what’s the worst that could happen? Expect the unexpected and join Jim as he goes on a summer holiday he is never going to forget – especially when Sasha appears in his life and changes everything for him. Jim doesn’t know it yet but summer holidays will never be the same again.
Simon Butterworth completed his education in West Sussex, England before pursuing a career in the travel and tourism industry that took him to many colourful places around the UK and beyond. In 2008, he moved to Ireland and made his home in Clonakilty where he started to find inspiration for writing.
Simon will be well-known to many Clon locals having previously worked at the Xtravision store on Pearse Street. When he was made redundant with the store’s closing he set up his own computer repair business in the town.
It was around this time that Simon began writing, more as a hobby at first as he told West Cork Times.
“I self published my first book in 2011, a much darker book called Occultopia and I really enjoyed the experience. I had no serious ambitions to become a published author, it was just something I enjoyed doing in my spare time and the main reason I self published was just to be able to hold a physical copy of the book in my hands,” he said.
Then in 2013 when Simon was travelling to Youghal the idea for The Rents struck him, “It just popped into my mind and I had pretty good idea for the whole story by the time I got back,” he said.
Simon set to work writing The Rents and by April 2015 he had a finished manuscript and decided to self-publish it on Amazon once again.
“That was really as far as I thought it would go,” he said, “I sent a sample to a company in London called Olympia and they made me an offer, then two weeks later I was contacted by Pegasus and they made me an offer. It all happened so quickly I couldn’t really believe it!”
Now a published author, Simon is already working on a sequel to The Rents and the book is available online and from local bookshops including The Clon Bookstore, Coughlan’s, Vibes & Scribes, the UCC Bookstore and should soon be available in Eason and Waterstones and many more.
Copies of The Rents can also be purchased direct from the publisher by visiting www.pegasuspublishers.com or by calling 0044 1223 370012.