Au­thor is on the rise again with new book

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

A NOV­EL­IST from Des­ford has pub­lished a new book.

To Rise Again, the sixth book by au­thor Ste­wart Bint, is set on the is­land of Jersey, at the end of the Sec­ond World War, in 1945.

It blends fan­tasy, sci­ence fic­tion, hor­ror and the para­nor­mal, as threads from 1945 and 1983 grad­u­ally in­ter­min­gle to re­veal a world on the brink of ruin.

Mr Bint, 61, got the idea for the novel when he vis­ited an un­der­ground hos­pi­tal on Jersey dur­ing his honeymoon, in 1982.

This is the first of his works to be pub­lished by Creativia, while his other works have been pub­lished by Dragon Moon Press.

In­spi­ra­tion for his nov­els can come from any­where and at any time, such as a walk in Cran­ford Park in Lon­don, reading an ar­ti­cle about Ch­er­nobyl, or a per­sonal en­counter with the su­per­nat­u­ral.

Mr Bint be­came en­thralled with the idea of writ­ing fic­tion from watch­ing the orig­i­nal Doc­tor Who se­ries, in 1963, at the age of seven.

He said: “I be­came en­rap­tured by the sto­ry­lines which could take place at any time in Earth’s his­tory and fu­ture, and ab­so­lutely any­where in the uni­verse and be­yond.

“I started cre­at­ing my own worlds and my own char­ac­ters, writ­ing my sto­ries in lit­tle blue note­books un­til my par­ents bought me a por­ta­ble type­writer for my ninth birth­day.”

The writer’s make­be­lieve worlds be­came an even more im­por­tant source of in­spi­ra­tion when his dad died, when he was 11.

He added: “I re­treated more and more into those places where I was in con­trol of my char­ac­ters’ fate – know­ing that what­ever hap­pened to them dur­ing the story I would make sure they were okay in the end.

“My worlds were cer­tainly bet­ter than the real one at that time.

“I know my work is not great lit­er­a­ture, but my read­ers tell me it’s ex­tremely en­ter­tain­ing, and de­scribe me as a gen­uine sto­ry­teller.”

Mr Bint pub­lished his first novella in 2012, when he was 56.

He also works as a mag­a­zine colum­nist and PR writer, and for­merly was a ra­dio pre­sen­ter, news­reader and phone-in show host.

He and his wife Sue have two grown-up chil­dren, Christo­pher and Char­lotte.

Ste­wart Bint from Des­ford has pub­lished his sixth book, To Rise Again.

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