Heavy Metal Guitarist Shortlisted in Prestigious Book Award

Catherine Fearns from Liverpool has been shortlisted in the Page Turner Awards eBook Award for her thriller, Reprobation.

Catherine Fearns from Liverpool has been shortlisted in the Page Turner Awards eBook Award for her thriller, Reprobation.

Catherine, a heavy metal guitarist, entered the Page Turner Awards, where published authors and unpublished writers of fiction and non-fiction from all genres can enter their writing to get discovered by high-profile judges from the literary world.

Reprobation is about a body found crucified on a Liverpool beach. A Calvinist nun and a heavy metal guitarist form an unlikely alliance to clear their names. Religion, genetics, and music combine in this gothic crime thriller, the first case for Detective Inspector Darren Swift.

This story begins on windswept Crosby beach in Liverpool, where the author grew up. The book is set around Liverpool's gothic, atmospheric locations and is inspired by the city's rich culture and history, and distinct character. The story is also inspired by the author's love of heavy metal music and life-long fascination with religion, in particular the Protestant concept of predestination.

Detective Inspector Darren Swift is an amalgam of many facets of Liverpudlian characters that Catherine has encountered over the years, and while he may appear aloof, cynical and difficult to embrace initially, he is her most beloved character and readers will watch him develop over the series of books. Although Catherine usually tends not to have physical images in mind when she is building characters, preferring to focus on their personalities, she did envision DI Darren Swift as looking like local football legend Steven Gerrard!

Catherine said, “I am excited to be involved with the Page Turner Awards, and so honoured to be amongst the finalists. Page Turner Awards gives writers a chance to increase their readership, hone their skills, and build their confidence.”

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The Page Turner Awards, sponsored by ProWritingAid, gives writers and authors the chance to enter unpublished or published fiction and non-fiction books, where a group of literary agents and publishers will read the work.

Judges are carefully selected literary agents and publishers who are looking for writers to represent and publish, plus influencers in the publishing industry.

Founder of Page Turner Awards and award-winning novelist, Paula Wynne said: “There are writers from all walks of life, from manual laborers to academics. All with stories to tell, most of them heart-warming and moving. We’re proud that our Awards celebrates excellent writing and helps writers and authors to get their stories discovered.”

Success stories from this year’s awards include three writers winning literary representation, six writers winning a writing mentorship, five writers winning a publishing contract and thirteen independent authors winning an audiobook production.

Find out more about The Page Turner Awards: https://pageturnerawards.com. Submissions for 2021 will open on the 1st of January 2021.