A RETIRED driving instructor from Solihull has hung up his L plates and embarked on a new career as an author.
George L Fearns retired almost two years ago after four decades of teaching would-be drivers but boredom soon set in and the Littleton Croft resident decided to set pen to paper and has produced his debut novel - a science fiction tome with a dash of adventure and romance.
The 77-year-old spent almost 12 months researching and writing his book - Virus, the Second Coming, a labour of love as he wrote it all in long hand before getting to grips with a computer.
“I have always enjoyed reading, particularly naval warfare, and I enjoyed the Sharpe series of books .
“I had my own driving school - Fern School of Motoring - and I was so used to meeting people that I soon became bored. There were occasions at night when inspiration came in my dreams and some of the events in the novel are based on my life.”
The book follows Sir James Fox, a behind-the-scenes diplomat and man in charge of a new department of climatology.
His friends, doctors Milton Johns and Robert Sinclair are introduced to Roger Greaves, a physicist working on a suspended animation project for NASA in the United States.
Over 25 years, readers are taken on a journey to the Highlands of Scotland and central Africa culminating in a deadly virus which is sweeping the world.
And George, a former aircraft electrician who was born in Scotland and has been married to Sylvia for 53 years, has high hopes for his first foray into writing: “I think it has the potential to become a film or a series.” he mused.
George’s book can be bought on Amazon and authorhouse.com for £16 or via George by emailing him on firstname.lastname@example.org or call him on 0121 704 1283. Priced at £12.