Atlanta, Georgia – 04 August, 2016 – Songwriter and music producer Terry Coffey, is perhaps best known for composing the popular “Always Coca-Cola,” jingle from the 1990’s that helped increase Coca-Cola’s Global Market Share by an astounding 14%. However, the composer has now entered the literary field as Terrance Coffey and his debut novel “Valley of the Kings: The 18th Dynasty,” is not only a new Amazon-Kindle Scout selection, but it’s also the 2016 International Pacific Book Award winner for Best Historical Fiction.
Starting out his adult life as a high school dropout, Terry Coffey had everything going against him when he decided to leave his native city of Chicago for Los Angeles in order to pursue his dream of becoming a music producer and songwriter.
After years of struggling and sometimes turning up homeless, a chance encounter led to a meeting with his mentor, the iconic music maestro Quincy Jones, who embraced his musical talent. Commenting about Coffey, Mr. Jones is quoted as saying, “he knows everything from Stravinsky to street music.” The encounter led to other meetings that eventually put Coffey in the hands of the Hollywood talent agency CAA, who was subsequently responsible for spearheading his “Always Coca-Cola” jingle with the Coca-Cola corporation to a major success.
Fast forward, over two decades later, Coffey’s fascination with ancient Egyptian history inspired him to take a hiatus from his music career while he focused on writing ‘Valley of the Kings; an historical fiction novel that gives the reader a true sense of what it was like to experience the betrayals, curses, murderous jealousies, plagues, politics, hidden heretics, and foreign enemies through the life story of three generations of Egyptian pharaohs.
After several years of research and another two years of writing and editing, he submitted his manuscript to Kindle Scout, Amazon’s new crowdsourced publishing program where readers help decide if a book receives a publishing contract. “I was really shocked when I received the notice from Amazon that my manuscript was chosen,” recounted Coffey. “Prior to entering, an editor I used had called the book “vulgar” and said that Amazon would never sell it. For that reason, along with the observation that there were many established best-selling authors who submitted and were not chosen, I assumed I didn’t have a chance.”
Coffey was wrong, and the novel is now a featured book on Amazon, published under their Kindle Press imprint. To date, Coffey’s ‘Valley of the Kings: The 18th Dynasty’ has not only received stellar reviews from Goodreads and Amazon reviewers, respected editorial reviewers like Kirkus Reviews wrote, “Coffey has a knack for turning historical figures (even those with unpronounceable names) into living people the reader can love, hate, or feel ambivalent about.”
John Murray of Pacific Book Review called it “a fascinating generational epic, historical and factual but beefed up with drama and intrigue for a story that spills blood and gold that shimmers in the brutal Egyptian sun.”
Coffey has begun work on the sequel and a prequel to ‘Valley of the Kings: The 18th Dynasty,’ “the book was always meant to be a television series from the start, so I know exactly where the story is going.”
For additional information about Terry Coffey, contact Jamie Helm: (718) 613-9854 info@TerryCoffey.com
Valley of the Kings: The 18th Dynasty,’ is available on E-book from Kindle Press or paperback from Helm House Publishing: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EG5NGFA
Terrance “Terry” Coffey is an author, songwriter and music producer. He currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Company Name: Valley of the Kings: The 18th Dynasty
Contact Person: Jamie Helm
Phone: (718) 613-9854
Country: United States