Books without readers are like pubs without drink.
Living in Co. Kildare, Ireland, Norman is the author of the comedy Father McGargles and its prequel In the Shadow of the Judas Tree.
In 2014, I clawed my way through an ocean of cobwebs and drew back the rusted bolts fettering my imagination. I expected bright lights to illuminate the world beyond, revealing a kaleidoscope of colourful adventures for me to write. I didn’t anticipate lying prostrate after being bashed by the door swinging open. Had I an opportunity to relive that moment, I would have crawled between the legs of my assailant and stolen a single glimpse of what lay beyond.
A study in greys is how an artist would describe the creature looming over me. Wild, penetrating eyes of palest blue peered at me from above his grizzled beard. I thought I must have cracked my skull. I closed my eyes and counted to ten — ten being a solid, reliable number. If I continued on to twenty, maybe the priest’s collar wrapping his neck would have transformed into a clowns bow-tie and the greys to vibrant primaries.
‘Come,’ he said.
Not that choice was mine to make — not then, not now. All had irrevocably changed. I’m a puppet with a pen and a keyboard, dangling beneath the strings he pulls.
Father James P Brennan yanked me to my feet and dragged me through the door into a pub.
‘Lavelle! Where the feck are ya hiding.’ The world shook when his fist slammed down on the counter. ‘Pull a pint for me, and one for my literary friend.’
Father Brennan series. Father McGargles (Comedy) and its darker prequel, In the Shadow of the Judas Tree.
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