Dream come true for fledgling author
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 email@example.com or on Kindle through Amazon.
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McGuckian and (left) his book