Novel writer off to thrilling start
AN IT consultant is poised to publish his first novel.
David Bohlman, 60, only developed a love of writing a few years ago.
He spent the last six months finishing his thriller, called Search.
It follows the story of a private investigator called Calum Neuman who takes on a case and quickly finds himself out of his depth.
David, who is a member of Macclesfield Writers Group, said: “Writing has been something that came to me quite late in my life. I started writing some poems and stories, but ultimately wanted to try and write a novel. I got lots of encouragement and help from the group and then took myself off to the west coast of Scotland for a few weeks to research and write.”
It was during his retreat that the character of Calum Neuman was formed.
David, who lives on Calveley Road, near the hospital, said: “In my work I’ve met many people content with the humdrum of their lives and careers, people who didn’t really push themselves. Calum is like that. He’s happy to take on easy assignments like spying on cheating husbands, but nothing too difficult. But all that changes when he takes on this new case and he comes face to face with some real villains.
“I’ve tried to write a thriller in the genre I like to read, with some pace and tension.”
After a few knockbacks from traditional publishers David decided to self-publish the book which will be available through Amazon and Kindle.
He said: “I really just wanted to get the book out there and see what happens. There’s definitely a follow-up book there if there’s an appetite for it.”
David was a teacher for a number of years before getting into IT.
After years working as a project manager for a leading bank he is now a consultant. The move has allowed him to explore his love of writing. Outside writing David is kept busy with his four children and grandchild. He also enjoys travelling and playing guitar.
●● David Bohlman, 60, has written his first novel, a thriller called Search (inset)
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