Rock and roll writer's latest North Wales parallel universe novel

Reporter:

Iwan Berry

A ROCK-and-roll writer and musician is hard at work on the sequel to his series of comedy and fantasy novels.

Andy Coffey, a 53-year-old from Frodsham, published his Sacred Wind trilogy of books online and in print in the summer of 2014 - and also released a series of rock albums to accompany the books.

He is now hard at work on a sequel trilogy, which will delve further in to the misadventures of the epynomous band Sacred Wind, a Viking rock band playing across North Wales in the late 1980s.

The world of Sacred Wind depicts a strange, alternate version of North Wales and the North West in a bizarre parallel universe - in which Wrexham is a kingdom ruled by sentient curries.

Mr Coffey describes his work as the end result of “Black Adder, Shrek, Douglas Adams, Monty Python and Spinal Tap meeting for a few pints of fine ale and a good game of charades.”

Mr Coffey, who played drums with rock band The Quest during the 1990s, was born in Wallasey on the Wirral and has also lived in Buckley.

As well as writing the trilogy, he has also recorded the music of the title band, with the help of an American vocalist and providing the remainder of the band’s music himself.

He said: “Everyone I know who’s read it has said they thoroughly enjoyed it.

“When I had the initial idea, I wrote about 10,000 words and started on the music. 

“I went back to it in 2012 and spent at least an hour a day, six days a week, for about eight months writing it.

“And I’m just starting work on the second book and the second album.”

He admitted he had “no idea” where the inspiration for the books came from, saying the tone was inspired by comedic writers such as Douglas Adams and the sketches of Monty Python.

He said: “I just wanted to write about the absurdity of having a Welsh Viking flatulence-themed rock band in 1987.”

As well as a follow-up to the Sacred Wind books, he is also working on a series of comedy sketches alongside TV historian Mark Olly - presenter of the Lost Treasures series on

A recent appearance at the Sci Fi Wales festival in Llandudno saw him sell out of both books and CDs, and he also hopes to appear at the Wrexham Comic Con in November.

For more information, visit his website at www.sacredwind.co.uk

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