Joondalup Times - - LIFESTYLE -

d474335 A QUINNS Rocks res­i­dent will launch his first novel in Hillarys this week­end.

PJ Kelly first had the idea for the fic­tional moral thriller The Good Teacher, which he pub­lished with eText Press Pub­lish­ing.

He said it started with a re­al­i­sa­tion how much re­spon­si­bil­ity teach­ers had out­side the class­room and ex­plored what might hap­pen if “a teacher de­cided to step out­side the law to pro­tect two chil­dren”.

Kelly said chang­ing from full-time work to work­ing two days a week en­abled him to re­search the theme by watch­ing cus­tody cases in the courts and speak­ing to gov­ern­ment agen­cies such as Cen­tre­link.

“It has been a lot of re­search,” he said.

“My wife let me go down to part-time; I’ve been do­ing this three days a week – that was the se­cret to get­ting it done.”

With a back­ground in tele­vi­sion com­mer­cials and chil­dren’s shows, Kelly said he had played with writ­ing scripts be­fore de­cid­ing to do the book.

“It ap­pealed to me telling a story in that form,” he said.

Kelly said he was ex­plor­ing op­tions to put part of the book into a stage pro­duc­tion or as a film.

The book launch will be on Oc­to­ber 15 and Kelly will have a book sign­ing at Dy­mocks in Joondalup on Satur­day, Novem­ber 25 from 11am-1pm.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme

Teacher and au­thor P.J. Kelly with his first book The Good Teacher.

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