Monday 20 May 2019

Graham Dwyer's brothers insist 'our book is not a murder novel'

James and Brendan Dwyer
James and Brendan Dwyer
Graham Dwyer
Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

A brother of convicted murderer Graham Dwyer has hit out at descriptions of his recently published book as a "murder novel", insisting it is nothing of the sort.

Brendan Dwyer, along with another brother James, set up their own publishing company last year to release their novel, which is called 'Cult Fiction'.

But Brendan said he is upset that it is now being linked to their notorious brother Graham, who was convicted of the murder of Elaine O'Hara last month.

"No one seems to have read the book. They seem to think it's some sort of murder novel - it's not," he told the Irish Independent.

Brendan and James began writing the science fiction novel 'Cult Fiction' in January 2013 and self-published it in July of last year.

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Brendan said he was unhappy that coverage of their book was now being over-shadowed by the notoriety of their brother Graham.

"You can understand how upset I am," he said, adding: "It's not very fair on the family."

The science fiction novel is set in Municipal City, which is described in the book as "the only place on Earth where you can be anyone.

"Anyone from your favourite moves, books, TV shows, comics, video games or any cult media you can imagine. This is not virtual reality, this is real."

A synopsis of the book continues: "Tina Lockhart arrives at the City to do exactly that, and is willing to pay any price to get in, willing to take the Elixir drug she needs just to breathe the air, and willing to kill, and risk being killed, just to survive."

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James's second novel, 'Fireborn', was published earlier this year and is described as a "fantasy adventure novel set in an age of magic and war".

In an interview with the 'Southern Star' newspaper, Brendan told how they approached agents after finishing 'Cult Fiction' with a view to getting it published.


"But after spending a while pushing it, we decided to set up our own label, Paused Books," he explained.

"So far we have distributed nearly 600 paperback and eBook copies in the past seven months, and we were also successful in getting Easons to distribute it both at home and to the UK."

While Brendan lives in Dublin, James lives in Co Cork and the two brothers co-ordinated the writing process by email.

"It worked surprisingly well," said Brendan.

Irish Independent

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