By Ian Mulville
(Author Full Circle, released 1st May 2014)
5th May 2014
Previously I have written about how the catalyst for beginning Full Circle was the sudden and unexpected death of a close friend. It was a case of “if I don’t get this book written now, it might never happen”. We all think we have time, but in reality, we never know when our number’s up.
As I began writing, the same friend featured heavily in the book, which presented a potential problem for me: of the two main characters, he was the ‘darker’ of the two. I certainly didn’t want to sully his name in any way, and of course didn’t want to upset his family, so I wrote to them and explained that I wanted to dedicate the book to him, and that the ‘Dave Williams’ character in the book was loosely based on his personality.
They gave me the go-ahead. I handed over a couple of sample chapters and kept the family members involved throughout the writing process, still slightly worried that I might somehow offend them. Let’s not forget that this is a work of fiction, but some of my late friend’s mannerisms would clearly identify him to those who knew him.
I made the Dedication, and the book was launched on 1st May. So it was with great trepidation that I opened an email a couple of days ago from my departed friend’s sister, containing the following message:
I wanted you to know my hardback copy of Full Circle arrived today. It really is bizarre that we were having a family get together. I wasn’t expecting it to arrive so soon and always think there maybe an outside influence controlling these things. Mum and Dad and all the kids were here and it literally dropped through the door!!
It is the greatest gift you have given us, and I really mean that. To see his memory immortalised in print means an incredible amount to us and I can’t thank you enough. I am literally tugging my earlobe as I write!!
I am about 75 percent of the way through and loving every minute of it, I cannot wait to see how it pans out in the end. Well Done, my friend, I am in awe of your achievement.
Ian, I can only reiterate how much it has meant to me, not only will I hold Dave in my heart forever but also there will always be your dedication to him and when all of us who remember him have gone, he will always be there in your words.
Thank you so much
When I read the message, I was speechless for a long time. I couldn’t have asked for more, and requested permission to pass the message on. I just wanted to share it with anyone who is thinking of either dedicating their work to somebody, or who is about to portray somebody – perhaps not in their best light – in print. Be sensitive, seek permission and in the end, hopefully, you’ll be rewarded, as I was.
I hope you enjoyed this post.