A Burnley lead singer has swopped mircophone for pen as he opens up a new chapter in his life.
Roy Bright, singer-songwriter with band Exit State, released his first book, Judas, on Monday.
The fictional novel focuses on Judas Iscariot, punished to live forever on Earth while completing tasks given to him by God.
“It was in late 2012, whilst enjoying touring downtime that I decided to pursue one of my other creative passions, writing,” said Roy, who used to be a gunner with the Royal Navy.
“The idea for ‘Judas’ had been sitting deeply in my psyche for some time and the amalgamation of the original idea fuelled by the lyrics in the rock song ‘What Have You Done’ by Within Temptation finally saw me put pen to paper, to coin a phrase.”
Exit State, which he started in 2005, have now released three studios albums and toured all over the UK and parts of Europe. His work with the band has put him in good stead for his new literary adventure.
“It has been a massive and steep learning curve. I was fortunate due to connections made from my music, to receive exceptional advice from a number of sources.
“An introduction by Exit State’s manager Mark Appleton to Stephen Clegg, the author of ‘Maria’s Papers’, proved to be an invaluable one as Stephen’s help and guidance was key in ensuring Judas was worthy of being published. In October 2013, that dream became a reality when Whiteley Publishing recognised the same vision for the story as I did and put their backing behind me.
“I am thoroughly enjoying writing more and more and have now begun work on the second and third novels in the Judas saga.”
Judas is available from Whiteley Publishing direct, or from www.amazon.co.uk and is also available via Waterstones by request, quoting ISBN978-1-908586-91-9.