Certified

One Unexpected Birth... One Hapless Wedding... One Bizarre Death

Fiction - Humor/Comedy
316 Pages
Reviewed on 04/10/2022
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Author Biography

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 my business company, giving me more time to write the stories that had been whirling around my head for over 20 years.

A keen amateur actor and singer, I have had the privilege of taking lead roles, across Yorkshire, in productions such as Guys and Dolls, Jesus Christ Superstar, and The Full Monty. The latter culminating in a NODA nomination for best actor.

My debut novel, Certified, was published on 15th August 2021. It became an Amazon best seller in October 2021 and won the 2021 Mark Twain GRAND PRIZE International CIBA Book Award for humour and satire in June 2022. A semi-fictional tale, it follows one man’s journey through a birth, marriage, and death. Inspired by real life events the humorous stories take you on a journey of farce, loss, and heartache through life’s three major certificates.

I currently love in Doncaster, South Yorkshire with my wife Victoria, who inspires me every day. We have a continuous flat coat retriever in our lives, the current one, Hastings, aged six, sharing our life. I have a twenty one year old daughter, Holly Mae, who I am incredibly proud of and was the catalyst to finally becoming a published author.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

Certified by Roger Wilson-Crane is a comedy-drama novel containing three inter-connected stories signifying three significant milestones in a man's life. Inspired by real events, the book follows an unnamed narrator who recounts three momentous events from his life. "One Unexpected Birth" follows the narrator as he finally finds the love of his life after a string of dysfunctional relationships, only to face a blast from the past on the day he becomes a father. In "One Hapless Wedding", the narrator and his bride-to-be plan the wedding of their dreams in the beautiful locale of Puglia, Italy, only to witness Justin Timberlake, of all people, hijack their designated venue. In "One Bizarre Death", the narrator mourns the loss of a loved one and tries to navigate the unexpected circumstances following their death.

Infused with themes of love, loss, heartbreak, and hope, Certified is a humorous yet moving anthology that perfectly demonstrates how life has a way of pulling the rug out from under your feet when you're least expecting it. Author Roger Wilson-Crane's quick-witted dialogue and humor make the narrative a breeze to go through. I actually chuckled out loud quite a few times while reading about the hilarious situations the narrator himself found himself in, more often than not through no fault of his own. Apart from the humor, there is a lot of heart and emotional resonance to the stories. The characters are regular everyday people you will find easy to relate to. I had a wonderful time reading Certified. If you're looking for a grounded comedy-drama novel, I highly recommend it.