Blackpool IT specialist, Jonathan Young, has just realised a long-held ambition to publish his first novel.
After five years of writing and editing – with a few stops and starts along the way – the book, Two Black Feet, is now available online at Amazon’s Kindle bookshop.
“I always had an interest in writing,” explained Jonathan, an IT technical specialist at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
“This led me to do an Honours Degree in English Literature and while researching the Pendle Witches for an assignment I got the inspiration for my book.”
That was back in 2011 and Jonathan quite quickly produced the first draft of his book which follows a young girl in the 17th century who is beaten, tortured and tried for witch craft. It is a story of violent abduction, mysterious strangers and explosive events, guaranteed to have the reader on the edge of their seat.
“It was my wife Elizabeth who encouraged me to keep going with the editing of the book and she and other family members and friends were invaluable in reading the various edits and re-writes and offering constructive advice.
“I am delighted with the end result and have already started work on a prequel to the story which is set about 30 years earlier than this book,” Jonathan added. “Two Black Feet is definitely my first novel and not my last book. I just hope the second one doesn’t take another five years, although the expected birth of our first child next month might delay the writing a little.”
Jonathan, a former Cardinal Allen pupil, has been with the Trust for 20 years working in Medical Records and Information Governance before joining IT ten years ago.
“I thoroughly enjoy my career at the Trust, but writing has always allowed a release for the more artistic part of my personality. That is why I did an Open University degree to allow me to explore creative writing.”
And the end result of this has been the publication of Two Black Feet which is available for download on Amazon at £1.99. For more information search for the book on Amazon.co.uk.