Dream come true for fledg­ling au­thor

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS - STU­ART GREER stu­art.greer@men­media.co.uk @stu­art­greer

AFIRST-TIME au­thor has praised the town for help­ing him bring his story to life.

John­stone McGuck­ian, 23, wrote Free­dom, a fan­tasy thriller, in bars and cafes around the town.

The self-pub­lished novel will be launched at Mash Guru on Back Wall Gate in the town cen­tre on Novem­ber 26 at 6.30pm.

Even though he hasn’t sold a sin­gle copy, John­stone is al­ready plan­ning a se­quel.

John­stone, who lives on Byron Lane with his mum Sue and sis­ter Lil­lie, 18, praised the help he had in get­ting the book fin­ished.

He said: “Mac­cles­field has a fan­tas­tic cre­ative com­mu­nity which really sup­ports each other.

“I got a lot of in­spi­ra­tion and ad­vice from friends here.

“I can’t thank them enough for help­ing me achieve one of my dreams.”

John­stone was writ­ing be­fore he went to school.

He said: “I have al­ways had an in­ter­est in writ­ing. I still have stuff I wrote when I was four years old when I was just learn­ing to read and write. They are just lit­tle sto­ries, but you can see what I was try­ing to do. I sup­pose it shows I have al­ways had a rich imag­i­na­tion.”

He honed his tal­ent in his early teens as part of an on­line writ­ers’ fo­rum where he shared and de­vel­oped his ideas.

One of his mem­o­rable works was a par­ody of a Jeremy Kyle-style show fea­tur­ing St Peter at the gates of heaven.

At univer­sity John­stone stud­ied screen­writ­ing and Free­dom was ac­tu­ally based on a screen­play he wrote there.

John­stone said: “Free­dom is a fan­tasy thriller. It is based on an ex­otic fic­tional is­land and we fol­low dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters on some­thing like an mur­der mystery where it emerges that there is a cult.

“There’s a really good story there and cer­tainly room for a se­quel, which I’ve al­ready started writ­ing.

“I have only had 100 copies printed for now, so we’ll see how it goes.

“Ul­ti­mately the aim to get a pub­lisher on board and reach a wider au­di­ence.”

When he is not writ­ing in cafes and bars around the town, John­stone works as a DJ who goes by the name The Bizarre Love.

He is res­i­dent at So­ci­ety bar at Dukes Court, where he spe­cialises in Bri­tish bands from the 80s and 90s.

Copies of Free­dom can be bought for £8.99 di­rectly from the au­thor on john­stmcg@google­mail.com or on Kin­dle through Ama­zon.

●● Au­thor John­stone

McGuck­ian and (left) his book

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