Indie Author | Writer | Storyteller
I always thought that I had at least one book in me, or so the saying goes, and that first book was Operation ARGUS, almost four years in the making. I wanted to continue the story and expand through its sequel, Bikini BRAVO, both international thrillers. The writing bug truly took hold!
Book number three, Cold COURAGE tells the incredible story of Shackleton's Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914, and all that was happening in those extraordinary times.
Book number four is Northern ECHO, the story of two boys growing up in the north of England during the Punk-Rock revolution and a dark secret that keeps them apart until the end.
Book number five is Gipsy MOTH and tells the tale of Aviatrix and pioneers in the golden age of aviation, magic, mystery and tragedy.
1. Operation ARGUS (2018)
2. Bikini BRAVO (2019)
3. Cold COURAGE (2019)
4. Dramming, a book of Poetry (TBC)
5. Northern ECHO (Coming Soon, 2020)
6. Foxtrot OSCAR (Scheduled for 2021)
7. Gipsy MOTH (End of 2020)
8. Hotel ODESSA (TBC)
Welcome to my site and I do hope you enjoy the stories and how they come to life.
A BIT ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Willy Mitchell was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and has listened to many a story sat in a bar in some place or another on his world travels. Every bar has a story to tell. Some true, some embellished, and some from pure imagination, Mitchell's novels are based on these stories, all of them based upon real events.
A shipyard worker on the Clyde, he headed down from Scotland with his family to work in the steel mills of Yorkshire. He retired and turned to write some of the tales he had heard over the years, setting out to bring those stories to life.
Bikini Bravo is my second book and sequel to Operation ARGUS.
A complex group of collaborators plot to take over the 6th largest oil-rich nation in Africa. Money, greed, power all motivate these different parties fueled with corruption, deceit, and hidden under a dark veil of Maskirovka. Mitch and his daughter Bella lead the struggle against these dark forces at work.
Are you ready for the truth?
Willy Mitchell's grandfather meets Harry McNish at the Thistle Inn, in Wellington, New Zealand in 1929. In exchange for a hot meal and a pint or two, McNish told his story of the Endurance, the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914, and his cat, Mrs. Chippy.
So legend has it, in 1913, Sir Ernest Shackleton posted a classified advertisement in the London Times:
MEN WANTED: For a hazardous journey, small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honor and recognition in case of success.
The legend goes on that the advert attracted over 5,000 applicants, surely a sign of the times.
This is the story of the Endurance, the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914, and all that was happening in those extraordinary times.
Boys Don't Cry
Due for Release: October 2020
Two boys growing up in the north of England during the Punk-Rock revolution a dark secret between the two keeps them apart for a lifetime until they reunite at the Royal Oak and Tiny makes Mitchell promise to tell their story.
The youth of the time was disillusioned, with little prospect of jobs, of a career or a future, and as the Punk-Rock scene spread over the Atlantic from New York, it changed into a movement and a commentary on the state of the country and mood of society.
No future, no rules, rip up the rule book and start again, the Punk-Rock movement was an unlikely catalyst and contributor to change in Great Britain at the time.
Mitchell takes the reader on a sometimes humorous, eye-opening journey through one of the most interesting times in modern British history, a musical, political, and social revolution, and a moving story of two boys, friendship and tragedy.
It's the final months of the 2016 campaign for the United States presidency. There is no question that the world is on edge. Mitch is a former British Special Air Service leader who is cautiously going about his life and business. In the international thriller, Mitch and a group of friends become intertwined in a complex mystery involving a drug cartel, the CIA, IRA, and the Russian mob while investigating a couple of mysterious deaths of former colleagues.
Are you ready for the truth?
Due for Release: End of 2020
Gipsy MOTH tells the tale of my Aunt Nikki and Amy Johnson, growing up together in the north of England. Two Yorkshire Lasses determined to change the world. On the other side of the Atlantic, Amelia Earhart was on a similar mission, to fly, but also to challenge the status quo, and that if men could do it, then so could women too.
Between them, they crossed the Atlantic, flew around the world, breaking many records along the way.
In 1929, at Curtiss Field, Long Island, New York, The Ninety-Nines was formed as a movement for the advancement of women in aviation, and the Aviatrix was launched into the skies and the song of The Ninety-Nines.
"In the air, everywhere, it's the song of The Ninety-Nines. Wings in flight, day and night, with the song of The Ninety-Nines. On the line, fliers fine, ships, and spirits tuned in rhyme. Keep that formation, over the nation, with the song of The Ninety-Nines."
Gipsy MOTH takes you on their journey of happy times growing up, setbacks, achievements, celebration, and tragedy and tells their story in a way never told before.