A father-of-four who turned his hand to writing is ‘overjoyed’ after his fantasy book scooped an award.
John Gwynne started putting pen to paper after giving up his career as a lecturer at Brighton University to look after his profoundly disabled daughter Harriett.
The 45-year-old had always enjoyed writing and reading stories to children and this led to him writing his first book Malice from the series The Faithful and The Fallen.
He describes the book as a fantasy with a historical feel and refers to the series as Lord of the Rings meets Brave Heart.
The publication hit the book shelves last year and was shortlisted for the David Gemmell Awards.
At a special awards ceremony on Thursday (October 31) last week at the Hilton Metropole in Brighton John was ‘over the moon’ to find he had won in the ‘Morning Star; best fantasy debut of 2012’ category.
The Sandown Close resident said, “I’m over the moon, I’m still pinching myself. I didn’t think there was any chance at all of winning.
“It was just nice to be shortlisted and I was overjoyed at that, to find out I had won was shocking.”
The vote is by the public and winning the award saw John receive a glass cut trophy carved into a morning star.
He was joined by his wife Caroline and some of his children at the event.
The author has already finished his second book in the series called Valour, which is due to be released in March 2014, and he is currently working on his third.
There are four books in the series in total.
John is enjoying every minute of getting the latest book underway. He said, “I’m loving it, it’s a dream come true.”
Malice can be found in most book stores.
To find out more visit: www.john-gwynne.com