An Eastbourne author is celebrating after his first book hit the shelves last week.
John Gwynne, aged 44, from Sandown Close, was in London last Thursday (December 6) for a special signing session for Malice: The Faithful and The Fallen - which he described as a fantasy with a historical feel.
John Gwynne, who is married with four children and was a lecturer at Brighton University, came to book writing at a relative late age.
He eventually gave up his career to help look after his profoundly disabled daughter Harriet and, having always written and read stories for his children, was eventually persuaded to put pen to paper.
“I always enjoyed writing and was a voracious reader and researcher – so the next step was not too difficult,” explained John.
“But my books are based on an awful lot of research so Malice took me a long time.”
And John has already put the hours into book number two, Scourge, which should hit the shelves in the not too distant future.
He was surprised and delighted to have Malice published by Panmacmilllan – but hasn’t set himself any sales targets.
“It’s great to think that a hobby could end up like this,” added John.
A brief insight into Malice
Young Corban watches enviously as boys become warriors, learning the art of war.
He yearns to wield his sword and spear to protect his king’s realm. But that day will come all too soon.
Only when he loses those he loves will he learn the true price of courage.
For more details on Malice log on to www.panamerican.com
Picture: John Gwynne with his daughter Harriet and the new book Malice