I started to write this particular book in 2019, shortly after the publication of my last one which was the fourth in a series named Lies and Consequences. With that series completed, my mind turned to the first two novels I had written in a series called Heirs and Descendents: The Desolate Garden and Percy Crow, both of these books featured Lord Harry Paterson.

When those first novels were written I had no intention of making them into a four-book series, but with the other one series having four, it seemed logical to complete another two featuring Lord Harry, who is perhaps my favourite protagonist.

I can’t remember the exact chronological order of events that then happened, but suffice it to say my health took an unhelpful hand. Prior to this period of time, I had some issues with my overall well-being but nothing requiring instant attention, that changed with a bang around the time of the year 2020 was just beginning.

I had developed a severe kidney infection that required a stay in the hospital. After a few days of being stretched out on a bed in a ward, and being fed antibiotics, I needed an operation. Not long after having the first operation, it was decided I required a second. Unfortunately, after that second one, when I was at home asleep in bed, I became ill with Sepsis.

I normally live alone, but luckily for me that night my ex-wife was with me and she telephoned for an ambulance, which resulted in me being carried out of my bed by an ambulance driver. I still have no memory of that happening. I was hospitalised for quite some time with this illness which left me feeling severely lethargic, where sleep would overtake any intent to write, or do anything else.

The surgeons had not finished with me! When they deemed I was ‘strong enough to work on again’ I was operated on, this time to remove the cause of what was creating too much calcium in my body. That was the longest operation I had, over four-hours to find the gland inside my throat which, when found, was removed. However, although the calcium problem was solved I was left with the ringing of Tinnitus.

Before those operations I suffered from emphysema, diabetes and angina, with a low heart rate, requiring a pacemaker as well as having three stents around my heart. Still, the main problem affecting me every single day of my life, was spinal stenosis, which made my ability to walk problematic, so much so that nowadays—I don’t.

Now, I bet you’re thinking, well, surely with him being unable to go out, he should have been able to write that book he’s talking about. Yes, that’s what I did. I wrote—and wrote and—wrote. This third book, in what is called the Heirs and Descendants Series, kept my fingers going. It just would not find its own end. Eventually, when the story was finished with me, it was over 650,000 words.

I sent it off to my publisher who, not unreasonably, asked if I could divide the manuscript into two. My initial wish of one title was now impossible. I was left to face the horrible experience of writing not only one synopsis, but two!

I made the adjustments needed, bearing in mind the overall two-book story, hoping ‘What Comes Before’ is enticing enough for readers to want the second book and if they had not read the first two novels; then—maybe, to be sufficently interested to read the complete series.

Of course, only time will tell if I succeeded, but this publication, including the second ‘novel/instalment’ which is with the publishers, has taken a heavy toll on me. It was to be my last addition to the overstocked literary world.

I would cease writing at the age of seventy-three years, having only started to write when I was sixty-three. Ten long years of great pleasure, with a healthy eight fully published novels and two novellas. A fantastic trip around the country signing books for Waterstone’s Bookshop, with the, as then, strong possibility of my debut writing effort becoming a huge budget film. Sadly, for the movie audience, that film never came to fruition.

But, no, destiny was not happy. One day this week fate decided I should take a look at a short story I self-published many years ago, with the idea of developing it into a book. I did look and guess what, yes, I think I will let the story get a hold of me, very soon.

In the meantime, I give you book number three In The Heirs and Descendants Series



About Daniel Kemp

Daniel Kemp’s introduction to the world of espionage and mystery happened at an early age when his father was employed by the War Office in Whitehall, London, at the end of WWII. However, it wasn’t until after his father died that he showed any interest in anything other than himself! On leaving academia he took on many roles in his working life: a London police officer, mini-cab business owner, pub tenant and licensed London taxi driver, but never did he plan to become a writer. Nevertheless, after a road traffic accident left him suffering from PTSD and effectively—out of paid work for four years, he wrote and self-published his first novel —The Desolate Garden. Within three months of publication, that book was under a paid option to become a $30 million film. The option lasted for five years until distribution became an insurmountable problem for the production company. All seven of his novels are now published by Creativia with the seventh—The Widow’s Son, completing a three book series alongside: What Happened In Vienna, Jack? and Once I Was A Soldier. Under the Creativia publishing banner, The Desolate Garden went on to become a bestselling novel in World and Russian Literature in 2017. The following year, in May 2018, his book What Happened In Vienna, Jack? was a number one bestseller on four separate Amazon sites: America, UK, Canada, and Australia.  Although it's true to say that he mainly concentrates on what he knows most about; murders laced by the mystery involving spies, his diverse experience of life shows in the short stories he writes, namely: Why? A Complicated Love, and the intriguing story titled The Story That Had No Beginning. He is the recipient of rave reviews from a prestigious Manhattan publication and described as—the new Graham Green—by a highly placed employee of Waterstones Books, for whom he did a countrywide tour of book signing events. He has also appeared on 'live' television in the UK publicising that first novel of his. He continues to write novels, poetry and the occasional quote; this one is taken from the beginning of Once I Was A Soldier There is no morality to be found in evil. But to recognise that which is truly evil one must forget the rules of morality.
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6 Responses to WHAT COMES BEFORE

  1. Dave Astor says:

    So sorry about all your health issues, Daniel. Beyond impressive how much you’ve written, and continue to write, in the past decade.

    • Daniel Kemp says:

      I started to write as a result of a road traffic accident that left me unable to work for three and a bit years. I had PSTD. Unfortunately, my solicitors advised me the court-appointed psychiatrist, who had diagnosed me, would not make a credible witness in a court of law, because he rambled on when speaking!!!!!!

      Their advice was to take the £15,000 0n offer. I had nothing. After 4 years without work, it’s difficult to have much of a life without money. I took the offer and learned to live with the consequences of the accident. So, as all things have a plus side, I found the love of writing and telling stories.

      I lived through the stigma of being a self-published writer without an editor or proofreader but discovered a film producer who loved the book, mistakes and all. The rest of the tale is what brings me here; ten years, ten storybooks. Coincidence or fate, I wonder.

  2. Mick Canning says:

    To echo what Dave has said, I’m really sorry to hear about all your health issues but very impressed with your output.

  3. Hi Danny, congratulations on publishing this book. Ill health does make writing a labour of love and you are very determined and persistent to have managed so many words during this time. I will add this to my pile. Have a lovely day, Danny.

  4. Daniel Kemp says:

    Thank you, Robbie. I pity your bank balance. 😛 😛 😛

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