Exploring Italy and Mosquitos by Alan Moore
The first version of my book Bitten was pretty lewd and explicit. Also, the main characters, whenever they weren’t making love, were eating Italian food. Anyway, I asked my eldest daughter – who was 28 at the time and a Publicity Manager at Hodder & Stoughton Publishers – to read through the book, evaluate the content and suggest improvements. Well, when she returned the typescript and I looked through her comments, I found that on practically every page she had written in large letters either ‘UGH! NOT MORE SEX!’ or ‘GOD! NOT FOOD AGAIN!’ I got the point and cut out or rewrote the naughty scenes and deleted most of the lunches and dinners and references to Italian dishes.
One of the big issues my book explores is man’s thoughtless destruction of the environment. Whether he’s chopping down rainforests, dumping plastic waste in the oceans or polluting the air and the sea, he seems to be oblivious to the damage he is causing. But he is asking for trouble. And trouble there will be – in the form of sporadic and increasingly severe storms, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tornadoes, flooding, etc. Nature has other terrible means of retribution she can call upon. In Bitten her implement of revenge is the deadliest creature on Earth, mosquitos.
In a complete reversal of normal experience, I wasn’t bothered by mosquitoes when I was younger. It’s only as I’ve grown older that they’ve targeted me. When I go to Nice, they seem to know I’ve arrived back in town and line up on the windowsill waiting to bite me again! It’s because of this that I decided to write a book that highlights the menace of these potentially dangerous creatures.
Book Description for Bitten:
In the not-too-distant future, Italy is in disarray. It has voted to leave the EU in an attempt to regain control of its laws, finances and commerce. Even so, the country’s economy is shrinking and its national debt rising. There is a marked escalation, too, in unemployment, bank loans and immigration. Production and service companies are in difficulty. The only thriving business areas are the black market and organised crime. There is discontent and protest on all sides.
In Florence, the local Mafia boss, more accustomed to gunrunning and trading in plutonium, is involved in organising a silent auction for the sale of one of the world’s most valuable lost paintings – a sixteenth-century masterpiece, which was appropriated in World War II by Stalin’s Trophy Brigade. A British art expert is set to buy the picture on behalf of his client, a South American billionaire – yet surprisingly two Italian undercover intelligence agents, acting as antique dealers, submit the winning bid.
All the while, human beings continue to harm the Earth by destroying land, sea, air, animals and trees. Global climate change, polluting the atmosphere, depleting the ozone layer: these are some of man’s crimes against Nature. But time is running out. Nature has lost patience with humans. Unless something is done immediately to reverse the destruction of the ecosystem, Nature will retaliate by deploying the terrifying forces at her command. And as a first step in wreaking her revenge, she instigates a reign of terror by the deadliest creature on Earth.
Meet the Author:
Born in Surbiton, Surrey in 1944, Alan Moore lives in Barnes, SW London, with his wife, Amber. They have two daughters and a son, who between them have two boys and two girls with another boy expected in May. Alan was educated at Oundle School in Northamptonshire and at London University, where, as an external student, he obtained a BA degree in English. Thereafter, for 25 years, he single-handedly ran his own book publishing company, which at one stage was producing up to 20 titles a year. Now, at the age of 74, he has self-published his first novel.