A WRITER who wondered why no-one wrote romance novels about older people decided to do just that.
Brenda Bullock, from Solihull Lodge, has written And Nothing For Reward – the tale of a more mature love affair.
It’s the former teacher’s first foray into fiction – previously she’s written books about local life in the 1940s and 50s.
But the story about a burgeoning romance between a retired lecturer and a former student spent some time languishing at the back of the wardrobe.
“It always seems that when people write stories of romance and adultery, it’s about young people,” said the 72-year-old.
“It used to be the case that when you got to 40 people thought you’d just sit down in the corner, in a shawl, and wait for the end.
“Although I wrote this a while ago, I think that this was the right time to release it, because our elderly population is huge now. There’s a big audience.”
Mum-of-two Brenda grew up on a Sheldon council estate and missed several years of primary school due to illness.
“At the time nobody would have thought that I’d even learn to write, let alone do something like write books,” she added.
“I have an English teacher to thank for getting me up to standard – Mrs Boot.
“She looked like the old Miss Marples, small and frail, but she was an absolute tartar. She really drove me on.”
Brenda is available to give talks on her books to local libraries and societies. Call her on 0121 430 4792.