OLD thrillers were the inspiration for two new novels – written by borough businessman, Malcolm Rowley.
The first-time writer said the storylines had been floating around in his head for a while, but he’s finally had time to get them down on paper.
Malcolm, aged 65, said: “I’m still working, but I’m not doing as many hours as I used to, which gave me some extra time.
“I’d say the books are styled on John Buchan’s The Thirty Nine Steps, because they’re quite short, but I think they’ve got strong stories.”
The writer decided that all profits from the two tales would go direct to Help for Heroes.
“I just felt that not enough is being said about all the lads and girls who are going to fight, to make us all a little bit safer.
“They’re just doing the jobs they’ve been asked to do, but many are coming back with physical and psychological scars.
“There’s nothing political about it, but I do think they could do with a bit more appreciation.”
Malcolm, who lives near Solihull town centre, said that he’s already well-into his third novel – which should be out in a few months.
* You can buy copies of Chess and The Magician, from Rowley Roche & Associates, in Lyndon Road, Olton.