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Sahlan Diver Author Interview

Sixty Position With Pleasure follows a man who struggles to make sense of a mind-boggling mystery while being a politically active citizen experiencing an exciting affair. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

My genre is mystery thriller but in this novel, as in my previous two, I always aim to place the story in the context of an unusual setting. My first novel was set in the recent past (year 1990), my second in the present, so it was almost a logical progression to set my third in the future (year 2050). I tried to imagine what it would be like for a small mountain and lake side town in Ireland to become one of the minority of places in the world to actually benefit from climate change, through developing into a tourist hotspot. The futuristic elements are small but nevertheless significant, like the household food pot which uses genetically modified micro-organisms to churn out meat-protein, flours and spices. And the 3-D home entertainment system using holograms to create a theatre in your living room. And of course, robots, which have moved beyond ‘artificial intelligence’ to ‘artificial personality’ even to the extent of being able to make spontaneous witty comments. This futuristic town provides the background against which the mystery is played out. It starts simply enough with a hit-an-run accident, but develops into an increasingly complex puzzle, culminating in a surprise reveal and what I hope is an even bigger surprise for the second reveal at the end of the novel.

Charlie Gibbs is a fascinating character. What scene was the most interesting to write for his character?

Charlie is placed in many different scenarios, some pleasant, some difficult, all requiring him to draw on his personal resources in different ways, so it was interesting to figure out what he would do in each situation. I would have to pick out as a personal favourite the scene where the annoying alpha-male sales manager, Hogan, asks Charlie to translate into Dutch an invitation for sexy new boss, Ilse Teuling, to go out to dinner. Charlie translates, but slips into the Dutch a warning that Hogan is a total !***! and persuades Ilse to dine with himself instead.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

Recent political events, both in the USA and the UK, are the target for the political satirical elements of the plot. Anther contemporary issue touched on is women’s rights. Also religion, though more the behaviour of ‘the religious’ rather than religion itself. However the novel is primarily intended to be an entertaining and absorbing story into which these more serious elements are lightly woven.

When and where will this book be available?

The book is currently being prepared for print, Kindle and epub formats to be sold through my website, Amazon, Smashwords and other outlets. Expected publication date last week of December, but may be a little earlier.

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Sixty Position With Pleasure

Sahlan Diver’s Sixty Position With Pleasure is an intricate mixture of erotica, mystery, and futuristic themes. Set in 2050, it follows the life of Charlie Gibbs – an English man who just moved to a small Irish town – Kilgarney. As a computer specialist freelancer, he is tasked with undertaking a tedious job at a local company.

As the rest of the world is reeling from the aftermath of global warming, Kilgarney is prospering. It has lost its former freezing weather, leaving it at just the ideal temperatures – not too cold nor too hot. Coupled with the town’s newly-formed lake and beautiful scenes, everything seems to have suddenly conspired to make Kilgarney a tourist attraction.

But while this brings in extra revenue, it also attracts powerful yet manipulative people to the town. This culminates in a political power struggle and a game-changing referendum to decide whether Kilgarney should be an independent state. Amid all this political turmoil, strange things are also happening in Charlie’s personal and work life.

For one, his boss dies mysteriously, bringing a new woman to his life – a woman with sexual demands that are beyond the ordinary. All through the book, we see Charlie struggle to make sense of a mind-boggling mystery while being a politically active citizen experiencing an exciting affair.

Since most of the story is told from Charlie’s perspective, it is really relatable. We get a clear understanding of who Charlie is and can truly empathize with him. The mystery part of the narrative is particularly riveting because we only know what he knows. As such, we are also quite invested in finding out who the bad guys are.

If there is one thing that makes this book stand out though, it has to be its unpredictability. The author does a good job of giving us clues while still leaving us in the dark. From page to page, we learn new information that makes us more interested but still struggling to create a pattern.

Clearly, the author took their time to create a solid plot. Beyond that, they managed to mirror our current society and the issues that usually divide us. Within this book, issues like climate change, religion, politics, and women’s rights are tackled in interesting ways and seamlessly woven into the narrative.

Moreover, the writing is light yet informative, sometimes even humorous, making the book easy to read. Ultimately, considering its level of complexity, it was executed beautifully. Sixty Position With Pleasure is a provocative and thrilling novel that will leave you with plenty to ponder.

Pages: 438 | ISBN: 1838229116

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