About the Book
Wales Versus England. Ambition Versus Apathy. Technology Versus Mother Nature.
Tonight's the Night: Ready for a Fight?
Beneath the blackout of oblivion caused by alcohol, drugs and abuse of power which has all but destroyed a seemingly irrelevant community, lays chronically unexpressed human love.
Two generations after the coal mines closed down, a metaphorical blackout has seized control of a tiny community in the South Wales Valleys. Life is truly toxic for Tessa, a factory worker who makes clocks by day and drinks herself into oblivion by night. Trapped not only in her own situation, but also by her abusive mother, Tessa has one ambition left: to become the human resources manager at the Tick-Tock factory. Meanwhile, the London-based owner of the factory sends his son to do the job but Sam wants to be a famous musician instead.
In a fit of despair, Tessa screams the Welsh National Anthem on top of the Brecon Beacons. There she meets Sam who recruits her as his 'backing singer,' convincing Tessa that, in the year 2000, there is only one ambition worth pursuing: Fame.
Sam quickly finds himself the target of a culture in which there is no 'Welcome in the Hillside' as the popular myth would have strangers believe. Driven by his obsession for fame and armed with state-of-the-art technology, Sam sets out to control Tessa’s every move while simultaneously maintaining a false identity for himself. Determined to supersede the condescending title of ‘backing singer,’ Tessa sets out to prove Sam wrong about absolutely everything. The idyllic rural setting becomes a stage for psychological warfare in which class, gender and history clash to the point of catastrophe.
When a blackout plunges the valley into darkness, Tessa and Sam are forced to face each other and their innermost selves. By candlelight they exchange genders and are offered the chance to know human love for one night alone.
Born in England in 1971, The Naked Blonde Writer has written and recited ever since she first beheld the mighty pen. She considers herself a societal drop-out and settles in no particular place. Blackout is her first full length novel. It was published in 2010, together with a filmed version of Chapter 1, read by the totally naked author – thus The Naked Blonde Writer was born. The Naked Reading is available to buy or view via request to firstname.lastname@example.org Blackout is also available as an audiobook, in serialised format and can be found at www.tracywilliams.me/serialisation. Further details are available on www.thenakedblondewriter.com and www.tracywilliams.me