Novel writer off to thrilling start

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR PICTURES -

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)

●● The team at Dis­abil­ity In­for­ma­tion Bureau

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