WRITING AS 'U. N. OWAN'
'U. N. Owan' is the pen name I used for my first two novels, The Beekeeper of Patagonia and My Wonderful Brief Encounter.
I was a counter terrorism police officer at the time of writing. When seeking permission from the Metropolitan Police to have a business interest, I was advised that using my own name might have career limiting consequences; therefore, I adopted a pen name for my first two novels.
The Beekeeper of Patagonia
At the age of seventy-five, Audrey Monkton, a respectable Welsh pensioner, steals a substantial amount of money from Nottswood Council, of which she is the mayor. Audrey flees to South America, specifically the Welsh settlement in Patagonia where she was born, and takes back ownership of her family farm.
Robert Fry, a forty-year-old British diplomat based at the embassy in Buenos Aires, has been on a path of self-destruction for many years. He hopes that a new posting back in London might help him rejuvenate his life. However, he is given one last task before leaving for London: to locate Audrey Monkton and the stolen money.
When Robert arrives in the remote region of Patagonia he finds that the task is not as simple as he expected, and Audrey is far from the frail little old lady he had imagined.
My Wonderful Brief Encounter
1942: in war-torn London sixteen-year-old Deborah aspires to be a ‘modern girl’, a movie star, or a female spy. When she falls in love with James her future does indeed change forever, but in unexpected ways. Two betrayals lead to a tragedy which casts Deborah into an emotional trap that affects the rest of her life.
2013: Sebastien is clearing out the house of his recently deceased grandmother, Deborah, and finds intriguing fragments of a life which makes him realise he never really knew her. Who exactly was the optimistic, adventurous young woman his difficult grandmother had once been?
My Wonderful Brief Encounter is a family drama exploring the elements in people’s lives which others often don’t know about, and how certain decisions are crossroads which can change an entire course of someone’s life. It is a story of impossible love and loss, structured around the men who enter and leave Deborah’s fragile life.
In the words of one character from the book, “our secrets make us who we are.”