BREAKING NEWS!Certified is now an international award winning book, taking the 2021 Grand Prize in the Mark Twain (Humour & Satire) category at the CIBA International Book Awards in Washington, USA!🏆🥇🎉🍾🏆
The Amazon Best Seller
Now an Amazon Best Seller, Certified is a fictional memoir inspired by real life events and follows one man’s journey through a birth, marriage, and death as he recalls farcical scenarios, shocking discoveries, and profound loss. It is, ultimately, a love story.One Unexpected Birth…One Hapless Wedding…One Bizarre Death… There's comedy in most situations, isn’t there?Published by New Generation Publishing, Certified is available from Amazon, Waterstones and an exclusive Signed Gift Edition is available directly from this site.
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Finalist for a 2021 CIBA International Book Award
Certified is a joyful book that I would heartily recommend you read. Five Stars.
– Michael Heppell, Sunday Times No.1 bestselling author⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
An enchanting and eloquent story, its quick rhythm and comedy filled adventures will catch any reader’s heart.
– Literary Titan: Monthly Award Winner
Certified is an entertaining family history that covers love, loss and life with humour and a deft hand.
– Lovereading.co.uk: an ‘INDIE BOOK WE LOVE’ listing
Three tales of one man’s humorous and emotional journey through a birth, marriage and death
Find out a little bit more about who I am, my interests and why I decided to become a novelist
The book: Certified
Certified is a fictional memoir following one man through birth, marriage, and death. Inspired by real life events, the book takes you on a journey of joy, loss, and heartache, through life’s three certificates.It is, ultimately, a love story.One Unexpected Birth: The long road to fatherhood. Missed opportunities, poor choices, a car ride with Bet Lynch, and finally the shock of becoming a Dad. A story of heartache, elation, and Peter Beardsley.One Hapless Wedding: The pressures of matrimony. Inept friends, false promises, an encounter with armed police, and finally the relief of “I do.” A story of love, commitment, and a stranger, Wally, and his camper van.One Bizarre Death: The sadness of loss. Confused emotions, life re-evaluation, £25k in ceased bank notes, and finally saying goodbye. A story of regret, family reflection, and Morrisons, the supermarket.A book to stir the memories in us all. The realisation we have all been certified.To be kept informed of news of publication – sign up to email updates on the homepage
This book is an absolute joy. I particularly enjoyed the multiple side stories; each one of them complemented the main essence of the chapter and several could be mini-books of their own. Plus, some brilliant twists in the tale too. No spoilers here, but let's say there are a couple of moments where I actually gasped and said an out-loud ‘oh no!’ Certified is a joyful book that I would heartily recommend you read. Five Stars.
– Michael Heppell, international Sunday Times No.1 bestselling author⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
A riveting account of one man going through three milestones in life. Crane writes in an elegant and charismatic way which feels realistic, engaging and absolutely entertaining. An enchanting and eloquent story, it’s quick rhythm and comedy filled adventures will catch any readers heart.
– Literary Titan⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I liked the writing style of this. Taking us through some of the bizarre occurrences of family life, the author deftly offers humour one minute and handles sensitive issues the next. Certified is an entertaining family history that covers love, loss and life with humour and a deft hand.
Roger is a wonderful author whose writing style is professional and articulate. The major events are covered with humility, warmth and sadness, in just the right amount of emotive balance. It is a wonderful read, and surprisingly poignant. You don’t just read this writing; you feel it.
– Matt McAvoy, Author and Editor⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This is a really enjoyable debut novel. Roger originates from Yorkshire and it really shows in his humour, honesty and style of writing. A book about life has to cover some sad and troubling events but this is done with sensitivity. The anecdotes come thick and fast with a heart-warming poignancy and peppered throughout with laugh out loud moments. A recommended read.
– Louise Capper, Waggy Tails Book Review Blog⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I’m a big fan of this authors style of writing, it flows very well. The characters were all well developed and I personally wanted to get to them more. I definitely recommend this book for people who are interested in family drama dealt in a realistic way.
– Reading Rowlett, Goodreads Reviewer
Certified is available in paperback directly from me or via Amazon or Waterstones. Additionally Amazon also offer the e-book for Kindle.A limited number of Signed Gift Edition paperbacks are available directly from me for £12.99 (including UK postage) right now using the ‘Buy Signed Gift Edition’ button below. You’ll be taken to a secure page operated by my trusted payments partner Stripe.com and returned to this site after your payment.If in any doubt, just Contact Me.Alternatively, feel free to use your preferred online bookseller!
About the Author
I’m Roger Wilson-Crane and whilst I was born in Harpenden I was raised in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, so hopefully I would be described as an honorary Yorkshireman.Since leaving the Dales in the late 1990s, I have had a successful career in the motor trade, working in senior roles and as Managing Director for over a decade.My passion for writing has always been with me, stemming from writing and directing a school play at the tender age of 14. This enthusiasm resurfaced in late 2019 when I made the decision to take a reduced role within the company, giving me more time to write the stories that had been whirling around my head for over 20 years.In addition to being the obligatory bookworm I have always been interested in the creation of film, TV, and theatre.
I enjoy studying scripts and listening to different writers with regards their style and development.I have also enjoyed the odd venture into amateur dramatics, playing lead roles in productions across Yorkshire and beyond, including The Full Monty, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Guys & Dolls. I do believe all these endeavours kept the creative juices flowing over the years when work was all-consuming.I am hugely proud of my 20 year old daughter Holly, who has grown up in a world of live theatre, comedy, and music. She is currently at Leeds Beckett University, studying Physical Education and focusing on dance.I settled in South Yorkshire 25 years ago and live with my wife Victoria, who finally inspired me to follow my dreams and become an author.Get in touch
2021 International CIBA Book Award
I am thrilled to announce that Certified is a finalist nomination for a prestigious 2021 International CIBA Book Award with the winner announced in Washington DC on 25th June.My humble offering has so far been through a preliminary round, longlist, shortlist, and is now down to just twelve books that recognise emerging new talent and outstanding works in humour and satire.The 2021 Mark Twain Finalists | Chanticleer Book Reviews
Book Luver 5th Anniversary
I am delighted to be part of Book Luver 5th anniversary celebration. 🎉🎉WIN Amazon Gift Cards, 100s of paperbacks & e-books, download review copies, free books, & sample chapters, plus there are stacks of books on offer. 📚📚If you do get time, please cast a little vote against my humble book to keep it near the top! Thank you! 😀😀😀🥰5th Anniversary Celebration | Book Luver
Shelly Mack 'Meet the Author' Interview
Had such a fun chat with the wonderful Shelly Mack, talking books, life and dogs!Thankfully, I was not being interviewed for a publishing deal, or by a TV production company, as the first couple of minutes are a tad embarrassing….See the interview here
Appetite for Life Podcast
I had such a lovely chat with Karen Kelly for her very popular Appetite for Life podcast discussing life, wellbeing and how becoming a published author changed my life.The episode is out now!https://appetite-for-life.captivate.fm/episode/roger-wilson-crane-author
My Way of Thinking Podcast
I had a brilliant chat with the award-winning Filmmaker and Radio host, Lee Greenhough, for his My Way of Thinking podcast.We discussed growing up in the Yorkshire Dales, what makes a great TV or film script, stripping off on stage, and the disciplines of writing and editing a book.The episode is out now!https://youtu.be/y0vZtta2L2Qhttps://anchor.fm/lee-greenhough/episodes/CERTIFIED-author-Roger-Wilson-Crane-talks-Writing--Growing-up-and-Yorkshire-Tea-e1f04i4
World Book Day & British Heart Foundation
It is World Book Day and the 25th anniversary of this celebration of all things books and reading. To mark the occasion, I have donated 120 signed copies of my book to the British Heart Foundation, which will be stocked (and hopefully sold!) in their stores across the UK.I also had the pleasure of volunteering at the store in Sheffield, which I thoroughly enjoyed, so if you have any free time and can help, please pop into your local store, and ask for more details on supporting this great cause.
Burning Desire Podcast
Had a great interview with Charles Burns for his fabulous Burning Desire podcast. He was a contestant on the BBC Apprentice programme and likes to interview guests about their passion, how we can all learn from each other, and hopefully inspire others.The episode is out now and available on the usual podcast platforms:YouTube | Anchor | Spotify | Apple
2021 Mark Twain Awards – Shortlisted!
A Lovely review from a Happy Reader
Occasionally you receive a review that overwhelms you. This is one of them.A wonderful recognition and gives me a lovely feeling that the book is giving people such pleasure.
Book Tour 2022 – Day 8: Newport
The Certified book tour came to an end today with a visit to Newport and Nichola doing the honours. It has been a wonderful two weeks, the book being in all parts of the UK and a cheeky visit to Mumbai. I shouldn’t have a favourite destination, or review, but this final one has probably got me emotionally beat.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “One hell of an epic read. This book captured my full attention. All the emotions throughout created tears of sadness and happiness. It was honest, it was life before you, being told from the best perspective you ever could imagine. Absolutely wonderful."The book is now having a well-earned rest….Well, for a few days anyway!
Book Tour 2022 – Day 7: Mumbai
What an amazing day Certified had on its penultimate day of this wonderful virtual tour. I think the book enjoyed its quick visit abroad, to Renate in Mumbai.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “The writing is just wonderful. Roger isn’t only telling us a story, or three; he immerses the reader into the book. Did I mention how wonderfully written this book is? Each story could be a novel in itself.”Full Review: https://tomesandtales365.wordpress.com/After a quick flight back (!) the final day of the tour is spent in the fabulous city of Newport with Nicola.
Book Tour 2022 – Day 6: Shrewsbury
Certified had a fabulous day in Shrewsbury for Day 6 of its book tour, spending time with the lovely Sarah Evans.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “My favourite kind of memoir is one that makes you feel like you’re chatting with a friend, and Roger delivers. Easy to read, entertaining and thought provoking.”The book now gets an international flavour for Day 7. A quick trip to Mumbai to spend the day with Renata. Looking forward to this one!
Book Tour 2022 – Day 5: Oldham
After a nice long weekend, relaxing in the North (!), Day 5 of the Certified book tour was in Oldham with Vyne Shaka. Thankfully, the break in the tour has not affected this readers enjoyment.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “The only way I can make tribute to this gem is to re-read it once again”We move back down South, inside the loop of the River Severn, to Shrewsbury, where the wonderful Sarah Evans will be reviewing on Day 6. Phew!
Book Tour 2022 – Day 4: Rochdale
What a week! Certified had a very successful day on the 4th leg of its virtual book tour, in Rochdale. Thank you to Lizzie Chapman for making the book very welcome!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “This is a brilliant contemporary fiction novel.”The book is now taking a well-deserved long weekend off (!) before travelling the short distanceto Oldham on Monday, and the lovely Vyne Shakya.
Book Tour 2022 – Day 3: Southampton
Certified was in Southampton yesterday for Day 3, being reviewed by the fabulous Stacey Hammond and her ‘audience’ of just over 3,000. A great day and a belter of a review!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Poignant, humorous and full of realism. It’s the Four Weddings and a Funeral of the book world."After a good night’s sleep (!), Day 4 of this blockbuster (!) tour is back up north today, in Rochdale, with the wonderful Lizzie Chapman.
Book Tour 2022 – Day 2: Stevenage
Day 2 of book tour saw Certified arrive in Stevenage with Bonnie Loves Books and her 3,000 ‘audience.’⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Beautifully written. Hard to put down and full of humour. A must read!"Two fantastic days so far, and the book moves on to Southampton next with the fabulous Stacey Hammond for Day 3! Hoping the success continues!
Book Tour 2022 – Day 1: Glasgow
The long-awaited UK tour (!) for Certified kicked off on Monday 24th January, opening in Glasgow with the fabulous Lyn (Wee Glasgow Bookworm) and her 4,500 audience (followers!).⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
"The writer has an amazing style of writing. An absolutely fabulous read. Definitely recommend!!"The book moves to Stevenage with the wonderful Bonnie (A Happy Little Vegan) for Day 2!
The Certified UK Book Tour 2022
Certified heads out on its first UK book tour on Monday 24th January, starting in the beautiful Scottish town of Renfrew with Lyn (The Wee Glasgow Bookworm), and ending on Friday 4th February in the wonderful Welsh city of Newport with Nicola (Twilight Reader).Fingers crossed these fantastic reviewers and bloggers love the book. I will keep you updated with progress as it weaves its way across the UK…
2021 Mark Twain Book Awards
Just before Christmas I was delighted and surprised to be informed that Certified had made the long list for the 2021 Mark Twain Book Award in the humour and satire category.It will either be Champagne or Diet Coke in April 2022, but whatever happens now I feel so very proud that some of my peers have recognised the book in this way.
Literary Titan Book Awards
Delighted that Certified is amongst the Literary Titan award winning books for December.I think I will have a glass of sherry later to celebrate....😍😍😍
Shelley Wilson interview
I had a lovely little chat with the wonderful author Shelley Wilson, talking all things Certified, the inspirations behind the book, a few fascinating facts about myself (!) and finally an exclusive slip of the tongue with regards my next project! Whoops!Read the interview here.
It has been a whirlwind three months for the book, and for me. As we approach the end of 2021 I have to pinch myself that I have become an Amazon best selling author, recommended on lovereading.co.uk as an 'Indie Book We Love', and have been interviewed for a number of podcasts.Thank you to all of you that have supported me on my journey so far.
In Good Company
I am delighted to be sharing the same 'Indie Books We Love' Featured Books page as the great Richard Osman on lovereading.co.uk.I have calculated that I am approximately 499,500 away from having the same sales though…
Review from a Satisfied Reader
I'm delighted to have received this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ review of Certified from professional member of the chartered institute of editing and proofreading, Brendan Donaghy.A lovely seal of approval!
Radio Sheffield interview
I had a lovely interview yesterday with Becky Measures from BBC Radio Sheffield on her morning show, talking about the book and its success.Click on the link below and the interview starts at approximately 2:16:00 in.BBC Radio Sheffield interview
The Better Man Podcast
I am delighted to announce that my interview for The Better Man podcast is now available to download and listen to on Spotify.We went down a few rabbit holes but hope you find it entertaining and thought provoking!Listen here: The Better Man Podcast Episode 21
I finally became ‘a little bit famous’ in my home town over the weekend. Not as famous or talented as fellow Doncastrians Sheridan Smith, Lesley Garrett, or that Clarkson chap, but baby steps…!The Doncaster Free Press ran a lovely story on the success of Certified and you can read it all for yourself here.
The Better Man Podcast
Really looking forward to being interviewed by Alex for his The Better Man podcast this Wednesday.We shall be chatting about my (temporary!) scuppered plan to be a Foster Carer, how the decision to take a back step from work left me lost and empty, and how Victoria Wilson-Crane and a man called Michael Heppell came to my rescue and turned me into a successful, published author.Should be fun!
Nobody Cares About Dad Podcast
This Friday I will be recording a podcast interview with Marco for his popular Nobody Cares About Dad series.We shall be talking all things fatherhood, the joys and sadness that inspired the book, and, with our joint love of the arts, how did I end up with 'tackle out' on The Full Monty so many times...I am looking forward to it very much and should be great fun! I will let you know when it is available online.https://nobodycaresaboutdad.com/
Certified is an Amazon Best Seller!
I am delighted that my book has officially become a best seller on Amazon. Thanks to everyone who has purchased and supported me. I am very grateful and a little bit humbled.
Certified in Limestone Books
I went ‘home’ yesterday and delivered some of my books to the local bookshop where I grew up. It is fitting that Limestone Books in Settle are the first shop to stock my ‘baby’, seeing as so many tales originate from this beautiful town. Waterstones here I come…
My Facebook Live interview
Publication Launch Press Release
PRESS RELEASEFor immediate release23rd August 2021ISBN #978-1800311091New Generation Publishing releases a humorous fictional memoir told in three tales following one man through birth, marriage, and death“Certified: One Unexpected Birth... One Hapless Wedding... One Bizarre Death...” by Roger Wilson-CraneAbout the book:Inspired by real events, this book takes you on a journey of joy, loss and heartache through life's three certificates. It is, ultimately, a love story.One Unexpected Birth: The long road to fatherhood. Missed opportunities, poor choices, a car ride with Bet Lynch, and finally the shock of becoming a dad. A story of heartache, elation, and Peter Beardsley.One Hapless Wedding: The pressures of matrimony. Inept friends, false promises, an encounter with armed police, and finally the relief of "I do." A story of love, commitment, and a stranger, Wally, and his camper van.One Bizarre Death: The sadness of loss. Confused emotions, life re-evaluation, £25k in ceased bank notes, and finally saying goodbye. A story of regret, family reflection, and Morrisons, the supermarket.A book to stir the memories in us all. The realisation that we have all been certified.Excerpt from the book:
Craig took the urn out of the bag and climbed onto the top of the rock. We all gathered around, the rain beginning to worsen and the cold starting to infiltrate our attire.“Rest in peace, Dad,” shouted Craig, as loud as he could. “I hope you will protect us in death, in a way you failed us in life.”Not quite the sermon I had envisaged.He lifted the lid and began to shake the ashes out. Unfortunately, with spectacular timing, that was the moment the wind decided to return. It had also decided that it didn’t fancy going in just one direction. A swirling one was required, just as Dad’s dust was released.This is another moment which is hard to describe and, blimey, there have been a few. His ashes blew all around us.
The majority seemed to cover Craig, who was now screaming and frantically brushing his coat and hair with his hands, but it also started to land on the tiny congregation down below, which included yours truly. As my mouth had automatically opened in shock at the unfolding events, so the dust entered it. I was spitting furiously, scraping my tongue with my fingers.Looking around me, I stood traumatised. To my left, Bonnie was leaping in the air catching and swallowing fragments of Dad, having the time of her life. To my right, Mum seemed to be protected by the giant umbrella whilst Charlotte was giggling away, desperately trying to catch as many bits as possible, grabbing the black snow. Her pink Peppa Pig bobble hat was getting darker by the second and I suddenly realised that Dad would be visiting us after all.
“Certified” by Roger Wilson-Crane is available in paperback at:www.amazon.co.uk/Certified-Unexpected-Hapless-Wedding-Bizarre/dp/1800311095You can also download the e-book version at:www.amazon.co.uk/Certified-Unexpected-Hapless-Wedding- Bizarre-ebook/dp/B09CQ2T49DPress/Media Contact Details:
New Generation Publishing
Tel. 01234 711 956
In Conversation Online Event
I am delighted to announce that I will be in conversation, live, with the brilliant Dan Altmire, The New Normal Guru, on Friday 20th August at 7.00pm. You can check Dan out on his website The New Normal Guru.Looking forward to discussing my book, business, and life.Join us on Dan's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/TheNewNormalGURU/
I am delighted to announce that the book will be officially published by New Generation Publishing and distributed via all major online outlets such as Amazon and Waterstones on 9th August 2021. In addition, the eBook will be available on the same date via Kindle, Kobo, ibooks and many more.And you can still order a signed copy directly from this site.
They are here! The first batch of Certified, hot off the press, are safely in their daddy’s arms! Just waiting on a couple of surprises for those who have ordered and then they will be flying the nest and be in your hands very soon!For anyone who would still like to be ‘Certified’ and have one of the first, limited edition copies, then please order using the button below.
The 100 Club
I was delighted this morning to wake up to my 100th pre-order for the book. It was my first target, so to achieve it a month before publication is wonderful.A huge thank you to all who have taken the plunge and placed such faith in both me and the book.Not long to wait now….
It was lovely to see an article, by the Craven Herald, promoting my book this morning. The paper is published for the Yorkshire Dales, where I grew up, and much of my fictional memoir is set.I was trying to work out the last time I was in this esteemed newspaper and I think it was in 1990 when I took a leading role in a local amateur production of Guys and Dolls! That is a long time to be away..
The Journey Begins
I can’t believe it was November 2019 when I sat down with my wife, Victoria, and said I couldn’t do it anymore. The stresses and strains of work had finally taken their toll. The decision was made to take a step back in March 2020. Then the pandemic came.Through the summer months I found myself a bit lost. Lovely weather, more time on my hands, but no purpose, no direction in where I was going, what I wanted to achieve. Fast forward to November 2020 and Victoria was back, supporting again, this time with an idea.
Why don’t I join Michael Heppell’s Write That Book Masterclass. He will help you write that book you keep harping on about. It turned out to be a pretty good idea as Michael, alongside my fellow budding authors in the group, especially #BlackandWhiteInk, have been an inspiration, always cajoling and encouraging me to keep going and ‘write that book.’Seven months later I have a manuscript written, a publishing partner in place, and a book out in August. I just need readers now, to hopefully buy and enjoy the tale I have written. I am hugely proud of it and hope it will be the first of many.
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