AFTER receiving a series of rejections for his latest novel, James Law was ready to give up on his book.
But after getting interest from an agent and a publisher, the author’s crime thriller will be on sale in stores next year.
The book was launched at The Submarine Museum, in Gosport, and was attended by more than 150 people including the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cllr Frank Jonas, and the mayor of Gosport, Cllr Keith Farr.
James, 39, said: ‘The launch was really great and a lot better than what I expected.
‘We sold 180 tickets and needed to add chairs.
‘I never expected the launch to be so big.
Since I got an agent, the whole process has been a bit of a whirlwind.James Law
‘Since I got an agent, the whole process has been a bit of a whirlwind.
‘To have the support of a big publisher and agent is a real confidence boost.’
James started writing books about six years ago but had faced rejection for his latest work Tenacity.
The crime thriller follows main character and investigator Danielle Lewis who is onboard the submarine HMS Tenacity. She is investigating the murder suicide of a Royal Navy officer.
James, who spent half of his 20-year career in the Royal Navy as a submariner, added: ‘I had written about the main character in a series of short stories but hadn’t really got anywhere with them.
‘Then, someone suggested I use my experience of being a submariner as a scene for a novel.
‘The book just went from there really.
‘I wanted to use inspiration from Agatha Christie’s locked-room novels.
‘They are always brilliant thrillers but rather than being in a locked room, the characters are in a submarine where it is just as claustrophobic and there is no way out.’
James, who works in Gosport and previously lived in the town before recently moving to Horndean, added that he had given up with the book.
‘After writing it, I thought it was probably the best I had written,’ he said.
‘I know some of my books haven’t been great but I thought Tenacity was decent.
‘When I heard nothing back from publishers, I pretty much gave up and started writing another book.’