A SHIRLEY man who battled with learning difficulties throughout his childhood has published his first novel.
Growing up in America, Rob Morton struggled to read and write and found school a real challenge. But one teacher picked up on the youngster’s creative flair and encouraged him to write down his ideas.
Despite setbacks, the budding author was determined to overcome his demons and continued to draft stories in his spare time. He completed his very first book - a science fiction adventure - a few years ago and now he has self published the story.
Rob, who works as a PCSO in Chelmsley Wood, said: “School life was always challenging, kids would call me names, because I had learning difficulties most of the teachers assumed that I couldn’t understand. It was embarrassing being 12-years-old and having a teacher kicking you out of class to read a primary book in special education.
“To keep me sane I used to think about stories and because I couldn’t really understand books, I use to make up a lot of stories in my head. I had a school teacher in California notice I did little school work because I couldn’t fully understand it all. But he started to look at my work in class and noticed all my drawing and little notes of stories (from what he could understand from them) and one day he said to me. ‘Forget everything I’m teaching the rest of the class, your homework is to do what you like to do, write me stories’.”
Eventually Rob moved to the UK and is now enjoying his work with the Kingshurst and Fordbridge neighbourhood team.
Seeing his name in print was a surreal experience for the 29-year-old, but he said that he has welcomed the support of friends and family. A percentage of the money from every book sold will go to Child Victims of Crime - a cause close to Rob’s heart.
Conquest: Dawn of War is available at www.Amazon.co.uk, www.rbmorton.com and can be ordered at all major book shops.