ALMOST half a century since he started scribbling down stories, a Dorridge man has published his first book online.
Arthur Hall, aged 67, has been knocking out novels and short stories for the better part of five decades.
He started in the 1960s when spy-mania was at his height. Arthur admits that this was when the world of espionage captured his imagination.
Now his spy story, Sole Contact, has been made available on the internet bookstore I-Proclaim.
“I suppose writing is something that’s in the blood, I can’t really explain it,” said the retired postal worker.
“Since my 20s I’ve been writing on and off. I’ve got a folder somewhere with a great sheaf of rejection letters from publishers stretching back over the years.
“At times it was disheartening. Now I think it’s actually harder than ever for writers to get published for the first time.”
Despite this, Arthur pressed-on and recently heard about a website that allowed people to upload their books for people to buy.
“Sole Contact is something I’ve been working on for ten years all told, I’ve edited and revised it quite a bit during that time.
“I had a really nice email from a complete stranger who had bought it online and told me he’d definitely get the sequel.”
In fact, Arthur has already penned not one but two follow-ups and once they’re edited they’ll be uploaded to the same website.
And the self-confessed spy and detective enthusiast is also working on a Sherlock Holmes story, The Demon of the Dusk.
You can download Sole Contact from www.i-proclaim.com.