Hidden talent at Spire Gatwick Park

15 March 2018

What prompted Gordon Riche to write this book? Well apparently he had always wanted to write but leaving school early with no academic qualifications seemed to put pay to that idea. He went on a journey of various trades mainly in construction and engineering, always self-taught. Then five and a half years ago he suffered an accident at work forcing him to retire early from full time employment. With time on his hands and unable to move around freely he decided to do what he had always wanted to do and write a book. Lots of ideas were floating round in his head and he thought science fiction or fantasy were the most likely to bring out his imagination. As he wrote he never knew the ending often changing direction or sometimes rewriting parts. After a year he felt it was not right and started again changing the format. Then a year and a half later there it was "The Eighth Thought".

He asked his wife, Vivienne, to read it and see if it was any good. She was amazed at what he had written and encouraged Gordon to try and get it published, he wasn’t sure but try he did. After some time researching publishers he sent off the draft, expecting rejection. Several weeks later a letter arrived from Austin Macauley, the publishers, saying they liked it and offering Gordon a contract and they would do the marketing. We are all so proud of him. That was last year and finally here it is on sale on Amazon and Waterstones' website at £16.99. Soon to be seen in all good book shops!

And yes he is busy writing another book, watch this space.

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