Highflier Julien has novel published
FORMER pilot has had his novel which is set in a Bucks town published.
Julien Evans, 67, from Chesham, has just had his fifth novel since retiring as a commercial airline captain six years ago published.
The novel is called Chalk and Cheese the narrative is mainly set in 1962, partly in Chesham and partly in Hamburg, where some of the story’s characters are members of a British pop group.
Two of the main characters, Clem and Diana, are senior teachers in the fictitious Chesham Bois Grammar School, which is where Chesham Bois Manor House in Amersham Road, Chesham, is.
One of the characters also lives in Waterside, which has been renamed Riverbank Lane for the book.
Mr Evans’ airline career spanned 36 years, mostly with Britannia Airways, now Thomson Airways, flying Boeing 737s, 757s and 767s
Aall over the world. Because of his background there’s a strong aviation flavour in Mr Evans’ past four books, but in Chalk and Cheese it is only a sub plot with part of the story featuring the famous Berlin Airlift of 1948 to 1949.
Mr Evans, who still flies light aircraft as a hobby, self-published his book with Kindle.
He said: “I very much enjoy writing but I’m not an expert, this s an amateur thing for me. There’s ome days when I think I’m wasting my time, I should be mowing the lawn and there’s others when I’m on a roll and I get good uff coming out of my little brain. “It’s very hard to get fiction ublished, there’s millions of people ying to be J.K Rowling and there’s nly one J.K Rowling, so I’d advise eople to self publish.” The grandfather said Chesham, here he has lived since 1981, did spire the book. He added: “There’s one it where e characters have to play football and hockey on the school’s uneven terrain, which is interesting. I like Chesham, it’s got a nice feel to it. It’s cosy.”
Giving advice to budding authors, Mr Evans said: “It’s about perseverance, don’t give up.”
Chalk and Cheese is available to buy from the Kindle store.