Thriller author aims to raise $20,000 to make JAM RUN available to all readers.
Montreal, Qc, June 30, 2021 – The long-awaited Russell Brooks LGBTQ Jamaica murder mystery, JAM RUN, will be launched on the crowdfunding site Indiegogo. It will be the fifth novel written by Brooks and is on schedule for publication in the first quarter of 2022. In this story, Brooks brings back inquisitive author and amateur sleuth Eddie Barrow and his outspoken best friend, Corey Stephenson. After witnessing a gruesome murder while visiting Montego Bay, they both get roped into finding the killer—only to end up evading ruthless assassins once they uncover evidence of a larger criminal conspiracy.
Brooks took a new direction while writing this book. In contrast with his previous novels, JAM RUN explores the problems associated with anti-LGBTQ laws and how limiting one’s freedom can negatively impact society. In this instance, Brooks chose to set the story in Jamaica—where many real-life events inspired the plot. A few were so disturbing that they sent shockwaves around the world.
“When social and systemic barriers discourage victims and witnesses of hate or sex crimes from coming forward, it empowers the abusers,” said Brooks. “I’m appalled at the level of social acceptance of the ‘Buggery Law’ and other similar laws in the Caribbean. Vilifying a community with discriminatory laws has repercussions on society.”
These are some of the problems that protagonists Eddie Barrow and Corey Stephenson encounter in their attempt to get justice for a murder victim. It is why JAM RUN “is a gripping crime thriller about the ever-present menace and violence the LGBTQ communities face daily,” according to Montreal journalist and Fugues Magazine columnist Richard Burnett.
Writing JAM RUN did not come without its set of challenges. When COVID-19 hit, Brooks had to cancel his trip to Montego Bay, where he had planned to visit the many locations where the story takes place to further his research.
His collaborator, Norris Douglas—the CEO of Real Tours Jamaica—was supposed to be his guide. Instead, Brooks did virtual meetings with Douglas on Zoom to help him with his third round of edits. For the past two months, Douglas helped him with everything Jamaican—from the geography to the Patois.
“Norris has been a great asset in this journey,” said Brooks. “Even though I write fiction, it’s important to be factually correct with regards to the content of a story. I’m very grateful that Norris took time from his busy schedule to help me out.”
Aside from the pandemic, funding was another issue for Brooks—as independent writers do not have the same benefits as traditionally published authors. It is for this reason that Brooks depends on crowdfunding.
Fortunately, Brooks has a background in drama. He used those skills to create a podcast where he recorded himself reciting the first chapter of JAM RUN. The purpose of this method is to drive traffic to his campaign. Although not in his immediate plans, if his crowdfunding efforts are successful, he is considering creating an audiobook version of JAM RUN.
“I don’t believe that I have the energy to record what may be a 540-page novel on my own. I’m currently in the third round of edits, and it has already begun to take its toll,” said Brooks. “I am, however, more open to hiring a professional voice actor to do the job. We’ll see how it goes.”
Brooks has also uploaded the written version of the first chapter of JAM RUN to his website and his campaign page.
Born in Montreal, Quebec, Russell Brooks is a Canadian author of Barbadian ancestry. JAM RUN will be his fifth novel in his second thriller series. Brooks is a former track athlete who represented Canada at the World University Games in 1999 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay. He also has a degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.
For more information about Brooks’s crowdfunding campaign, please contact Russell Brooks at: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit his website at: russellparkway.com.