Wishaw writer Thomas Un­dream­ing of suc­cess

East Kilbride News - - THE TICKET -

A Wishaw au­thor has fi­nally ful­filled a life­time am­bi­tion and is set to re­lease his de­but novel.

Thomas Welsh had al­ways been in­ter­ested in cre­ative writ­ing from an early age but lacked the mo­ti­va­tion to fi­nally write a novel.

That was un­til the cre­ative spark be­gan to come to life with Thomas now about to launch Anna’s Un­dream­ing, part of a tril­ogy of books, next month.

Early re­views of the fan­tasy thriller have been ex­tremely pos­i­tive and Thomas can’t wait for his book to fi­nally be re­leased.

The 37-year-old said: “I’ve been over­whelmed with the sup­port and en­cour­age­ment I’ve had so far.

“My pub­lish­ers have been ap­proached by three Hol­ly­wood pro­duc­tion com­pa­nies about op­tion­ing the book, and we’re al­ready listed in the top 500 most an­tic­i­pated fan­tasy nov­els of 2018 on Goodreads, com­ing in at num­ber 40.

“I think if you en­joy writ­ing your per­son­al­ity comes through and I think that’s been the case with the book.

“When I started writ­ing the words just flew out of me.

“I had started writ­ing my book as a Christ­mas present for my wife. I got the first two or three chap­ters printed as a silly gift and she said ‘you need to write more of this so I can see what hap­pens!’”

The book cen­tres around Anna who finds her­self hunted by Dream­ers—artists, both good and evil, who con­struct new worlds— within a com­plex com­mu­nity that threat­ens to un­der­mine re­al­ity it­self.

When Anna learns that she’s an Un­dreamer with pow­ers she can­not yet com­pre­hend, she must travel through their strange and treach­er­ous cre­ations to dis­cover that there’s as much beauty in life as there is dark­ness.

As her ex­is­tence spi­rals into won­der and dan­ger, Anna must look deep within her­self and face the hor­rors of her own past, to save her old world as well as her new one.

Thomas com­bines writ­ing with his day job help­ing stu­dents with dis­abil­i­ties at Glas­gow Cale­do­nian Uni­ver­sity.

He also en­joys the sup­port of wife Nana and par­ents An­nette and Thomas Snr.

He added: “My fam­ily have al­ways been there for me.

“I’ve had a few short sto­ries that have been printed but this is on a dif­fer­ent level.

“I had writ­ten so much that in the end I had to split them up so I’m al­ready well on my way to fin­ish­ing the sec­ond book in the se­ries.

“Hope­fully we will have that out very soon.”

Anna Un­dream­ing by Thomas Welsh, pub­lished by Owl Hol­low Press, will hit the shops on March 20. You can pre-or­der your copy now from Ama­zon and other re­tail­ers.

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